May 12, 2022

Machinery Specialist --- Iowa and Nebraska

  • POET
  • ✦ ✦ ✦ This position supports six of our bioprocessing plants located in Arthur, IA, Menlo, IA, Fairbank, IA, Iowa Falls, IA, Shell Rock, IA and Fairmont, NE. ✦ ✦ ✦
Full-time Analysts - Vibration Reliability Specialist Reliability Technician

Job Description

At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Excellent relocation program
  • Premium pay for qualifying positions 
  • Shift Differential, Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonus, and Value Sharing Compensation available! 
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, that can include a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Discounted home and auto insurance
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually. We support health freedoms and personal choices.
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Safety and cold weather gear, and more! 


Our 33 bioprocessing facilities produce 3 billion gallons of bioethanol, 14 billion pounds of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and nearly 1 billion pounds of our Voila corn oil. That’s a lot of product! We also provide plant-based products like CO2 for the food and beverage industry and purified alcohol for use in products ranging from food and beverage ingredients and personal care products to cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and industrial bioethanol. POET also produces JIVE, a product that contributes to more sustainable roadways by using plant-based ingredients to help recycle old asphalt. We also buy over 930 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Bioprocessing to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


The Machinery Specialist gathers and analyzes vibration data, and provides recommendations to address identified opportunities. This position will work directly with a progressive reliability team that is leading the continuing evolution of POET’s asset management strategy. The team memberill provide mentorship to the sites as the vibration technology is further advanced across the sites, as well as provide leadership in the deployment of a wireless vibration program. The reliability team is made up of Reliability Engineers, Vibration Analysts, Electrical & Instrumentation Engineers, Fixed Equipment Specialist, Maintenance Managers and Technicians. 


   This position supports six of our bioprocessing plants located in Arthur, IA, Menlo, IA, Fairbank, IA, Iowa Falls, IA, Shell Rock, IA and Fairmont, NE.   



  • Perform vibration data collection activities and complete the analysis.
  • Perform infrared thermography scans on electrical/mechanical equipment and complete the analysis.
  • Partner with the reliability team to develop a repair scope and plan for defects detected.
  • Report on and track anomalies within the computerized maintenance management system (Maximo).
  • Keep accurate record of all testing and strictly follow internal QA policies.
  • Lead new predictive technology changes such as motion amplification camera, wireless vibration, etc.
  • Be an advocate of existing and new predictive technologies, and perform necessary training for POET team members to ensure successful adoption and continued use.



  • 3+ years of industrial vibration analysis experience.
  • Certification as a Vibration Analyst Level I, II or III.
  • Vibration Level I Certification or greater.
  • Experience with oil analysis, laser alignment, infrared testing, PDMA, etc.
  • Precision maintenance skills.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and execute jobs to address identified opportunities.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to drive change across multiple sites.
  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.
  • H.S. Diploma/GED or greater.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values.
  • Travel within a regional area will be part of the norm for this position to visit the bioprocessing facilities, meetings, and site visits. The amount of overnight travel required will depend on the applicant’s home location.
  • Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. You may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • Specific physical requirements may include:
    • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.
    • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.
    • Opening valves.
    • Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.
    • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.
    • Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.
    • Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.
    • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.
    • Standing for extended periods of time.
    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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