Lead Electrician

Date: Jun 7, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

Apply advanced expertise to perform a wide variety of electrical and electronic responsibilities for production and/or facilities machines and equipment and assist in maintaining department efficiencies at maximum output levels. Work with supervisor and support all assigned personnel during respective shift. While performing the duties listed below, the lead is required to spend 85% of time on the floor

Day-to-Day Role:

  • Follow and commit to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for safety, quality, production, efficiency, and service requirements
  • Follow practices and processes intended to provide safe products that comply with appropriate laws and regulations, meet the company quality standards
  • Follow and commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
  • Provide lead support over production and/or facilities electrical and electronic projects that may span multiple departments, production lines, processes and/or technologies
  • Audit the floor as required by Leader Standard Work, monitor productivity metrics, verify adherence to procedures and standard work, correct deficiencies and escalate to supervisor as necessary
  • Coordinate with supervisor to review and maintain schedules to ensure resources are available to meet schedule. Ensure that accurate information is reported, and the appropriate paperwork is completed and turned in
  • Communicate with oncoming shifts about any problems or issues that are occurring. Work with other departments to maintain or improve communications
  • Notify supervisor immediately and recommend solutions if there are issues that will prevent achievement of efficiency goals
  • Perform processes in SAP as required
  • Track and maintain appropriate documentation
  • Create, compile, and deliver required reports
  • Perform routine duties in support of shift requirements
  • Actively support Operational Excellence and effectively participate in lean initiatives
  • Complete root cause analysis and recommend solutions
  • Recommend work procedures, and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency 
  • Apply advanced, complex troubleshooting
  • May also perform one or more of the following:
    • Maintain, install, and repair equipment, electrical and electronic systems and facility electrical systems.
    • Analyze complex control systems to resolve in-depth software/ hardware and configuration problems
    • Analyze test data, and perform electrical calculations to determine source of problems and the corrective action to take.
    • Perform analog and digital circuit design by utilizing microprocessor hardware and software configurations
    • Use Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) including basic and ladder logic to read/write wiring diagrams, schematics, and blueprints in order to diagnosis problems
    • Maintain and utilize maintenance systems for work orders, breakdown reporting and track machine modifications. 
    • Interpret, draw and update electrical schematics and drawings
    • Plan layout of wiring and install conduit, wiring and ancillary electrical equipment
    • Install power supply wiring and conduit and troubleshoot issues as they arise

Core Skills and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:

  • At least five (7) years of related electrical and electronics experience working in a fast-paced work environment
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary in order to communicate intricate job-related processes
  • Ability to utilize and train employees on technology, processes and procedures
  • Previous plant production software experience required, SAP experience preferred
  • Ability to perform root cause analysis, compare and investigate information, and recommend and implement resolution
  • Proven analytical problem solver 
  • Understanding of electrical laws and principals (KVL, Ohm’s Law, Power Law, etc.)
  • Thorough understanding of National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Expert knowledge of electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics, and temperature and pressure gauges 
  • Advanced knowledge of industrial controls and instrumentation
  • Ability to make changes to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) using advanced ladder logic, read/write wiring diagrams, schematics and blueprints, and analytical diagnosis of problems
  • Ability to originate instruction documents that can be used by other technicians to perform preventive maintenance or verify electrical system operation.
  • Math skills to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and algebra
  • Familiar with and ability to convert decimals to fractions or vice versa and convert units (imperial to SI, etc.)
  • Must have an understanding of microprocessor hardware and software configurations and be able to perform complex analog and digital circuit design
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including the ability to modify basic reports, documents and spreadsheets in MS Word, and MS Excel
  • Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Associate or Bachelor degree 
  • Prior training experience 
  • Previous experience in a Lead role 

Overview: Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at ADArequests@dart.biz. Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (800) 545-3278 Ext 3390 or email us at applicationassistance@dart.biz for assistance.

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