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Sysco Material Handling Equipment Technician in Ottawa, Ontario

Reports To

Fleet and Facility Manager


Ottawa, ON


Full-time, Salaried

Closing Date

21 September 2023

Company Overview

Sysco connects the world to share food and care for one another. Sysco leads from the heart of food and service to deliver the freshest of foods and ideas to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Our customers can count on us to deliver on-point products and solutions since only Sysco is the global leader, sitting at the heart of innovation supply, delivery, culinary and more.

With over 57,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2022 that ended July 2, 2022, the company generated sales of more than $68 billion USD.

Sysco, one of Canada’s Best Employers 2022, as listed by Forbes, is dedicated to our global corporate social responsibility goals and to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations.

Sysco is more than just a place to work. Our passion for food and our customers has made us the industry leader. To remain on top, we will continue to think bigger, work harder and never give up. Are you ready to drive success?

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This is an Operations position responsible for the maintenance and repairs of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) such as electric forklift equipment, pallet trucks and dock trucks. This also includes industrial batteries and charging equipment.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and adherence to all work safety policies, procedures and governing requirements

  • Knowledge of controls and electric (AC – DC low voltage)

  • Complete small electrical repairs and welding projects as needed.

  • Maintain power material handling equipment (MHE). Including preventive maintenance (PM) of MHE fleet

  • checking, draining and filling oil levels as needed

  • checking, adjusting, or replacing all belts and chains as needed

  • checking and troubleshooting electrical control issues

  • replacing motors, drive units, electronics and controls

  • Replacing of wheels, bearings and axle shafts

  • safety checks

  • PM per manufacturers recommendations

  • Battery and Charger duties:

  • Assisting in battery charger repairs

  • Repair of plugs and tips of batteries and chargers

  • Watering and washing batteries

  • Acid spill clean up

  • Battery rack cleaning

  • Participate in departmental on-call program, as designated

  • Responsible for logging time and materials into computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) on a daily basis in the form of work orders, P.M.s, etc.

  • Maintain all tools and equipment in clean, safe, working order

  • Adhere to all safety requirements and wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment required by the job

  • Respond to emergency situations to ensure employee and facility safety

  • Complies with Sysco’s Food Safety Policy and procedures to ensure food safety, quality and legality requirements are met.

  • Is willing to work safely with minimal environmental impact and understands the importance of reporting all hazards, incidents, and environmental spills immediately to their supervisor.

  • Understands that they play an integral role in their own safety and that of their colleagues and is willing to speak out when hazards are present.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills/Job Requirements:

  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED);

  • Trade school (mechanical discipline) or equivalent (Preferred)

  • Two years in an MHE maintenance position; or equivalent combination of education and related experience (Preferred)

  • Must possess a valid provincial Driver’s License and provide proof of liability coverage meeting Company standards. Complete a Sysco approved defensive driving program

  • The colleague works non-traditional business hours including evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and on-call

  • The colleague may occasionally be required to travel to other Operating Companies or the corporate office as business needs dictate (i.e. training, business continuation, etc.)

  • Obtain a Powered Industrial Equipment Certification from Sysco within 3 months

  • MHE 8-hour maintenance tech certificate from MHE manufacturer (IE: Crown, Raymond, Hyster, etc.) Must complete and pass

  • Basic knowledge of:

  • Hydraulic systems/schematics/components

  • Electrical systems/schematics both AC and DC systems

  • Drive motors

  • Power amps

  • Electrical controls including PLC systems

  • Basic knowledge of mechanical systems including:

  • Transmissions

  • Drive units

  • Differentials

  • Braking systems

  • Telescopic masts

  • Reach mechanisms

  • Steering systems

  • Suspension systems

Internal candidates apply via the Career Centre on your HR Portal / ADP Workforce Now.

External candidates submit cover letter & resume via

Our Purpose:

Connecting the world to share food and care for one another

Our Mission:

Delivering success for our customers through industry-leading people, products and solutions

Our Identity:

Together we define our future of foodservice and supply chain

Sysco is committed to Employment Equity. Accommodations during the recruitment process are available upon request for candidates with disabilities.

Here’s a sample of the many benefits Sysco colleagues enjoy:

Comprehensive Flexible Benefits including Health and Dental, Health Care Spending and Wellness Accounts • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability • Life Insurance • Voluntary Optional Insurance • Parental Leave Plan • Company Pension Plan • Group RRSP & TFSA • Employee and Family Assistance • Stock Purchase Plan • Maple Virtual Care • Unlimited on-line learning • Sysco product discounts • Preferred vendor discounts • Associate Resource Groups

(*benefits may vary based on location or bargaining unit)