Student Trainee (Mechanic/Diesel Mechanic) in Clewiston, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 5/22/2023

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Job Description

Why U.S. Sugar?

Employees are our most valuable asset. When we succeed, our employees succeed. Many have an ownership stake in our privately held business through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). As we grow, we hire new employees who are knowledgeable, energetic and committed to keeping us on the cutting-edge of our industry. We reward them with challenging work, opportunities to learn and grow, competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a supportive work environment where safety is our top priority.

Position Summary: CDP-Trainees are expected to contribute to the overall success of the Company by attending and completing a training program assigned by the company, which will include hands-on training. CDP’s will positively represent the Company at all times to fellow students, faculty, staff, and representatives of the Company. CDP’s are viewed as an extension of the Company and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as mature professionals at all times. Hirees will be on up to two (2) years’ probation and will be considered trainees until the Company determines they have successfully completed the program. After the first year of the program, and once qualified, “trainees” will be eligible to bid on a permanent position. If awarded the position during the bidding process you agree to remain employed for a period of two (2) years.

CDP’s may be eligible for annual bonuses.  CDP’s will be paid based on a guaranteed 40 hour week, are eligible for additional hours and/or overtime at the company’s discretion, and will work hours commensurate with Training schedules and certain agricultural work schedules, if applicable, as outlined in the Essential Duties.  CDP’s will accumulate four (4) hours of vacation monthly, regardless of seniority or accumulated vacation time prior to entering the Program.

Except for transportation and related costs, all tuition, fees, uniforms, equipment, books, and tools required for the “program” are provided by the Company. 

Relocation Assistance provided, if applicable.

Essential Duties:  

  • Complete all internships, and all other required training
  • Working Alongside journeyman Mechanics weather in the shop or in the field, Day or night Shift
  • Maintain at all times with the Company an updated emergency recall contact number and address of record with next of kin information. Submit to communication and recall to the Company within 48 hours of any natural disaster, emergency, or any other act of God, for the purpose of accountability and assignment of work.
  • Attend all scheduled Training . All periods of scheduled time away from your designated training program must be coordinated in advance w/your department manager.
  • Excessive tardiness, unscheduled missed days, excessive time away from Training, non-communication with the Company, violations of Company rules as set forth in the Employee Handbook, and other acts of voluntary disassociation with the Company, or intent of the program, are grounds for Programmatic Probation.
  • Submit to random drug tests at the expense of the Company, including synthetic drugs.

Job Requirements


  • Provide proof a Heavy Equipment Program or similar Certification from a Technical College
  • Must Pass PI test with (5) or higher
  • Must Pass Ramsay entry level aptitude test
  • Must possess a valid drivers license
  • Must successfully complete any required orientation, training, and continuing education courses
  • Complete a panel interview prior to program enrollment.
  • Must sign a Contract agreeing to the provisions of this job order, including the provision guaranteeing 2 years of work with the Company in the vocational field of training. Contractual obligation for repayment of costs incurred by the Company during the course of training will be waived in the event that no positions are available at the conclusion of the probationary period. 
  • Successfully complete pre-employment background screening and drug test.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by open communication, relationship building, cultural diversity, time management and decision making skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

The work environment characteristics and physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Working Conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee works and drives in outside weather conditions on a regular basis.
  • Working conditions may be rainy, hot, humid, dusty, foggy etc. depending on the weather and may be at night time
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud 
  • Duties of this job are also performed in an office and shop environment. Some of the work environment is conducted in an environmentally controlled classroom with low exposure to adverse customer relationships, using repetitive motions, and submitting to vocational curriculum which includes handling heavy machinery, lifting up to 50 lbs., working with moving equipment, and periodically exposed to loud noise, fumes, and blowing debris.
  • Some of the work environment is conducted in an open outdoor environment, exposed to heights and rapidly changing temperatures including extreme heat, weather conditions, blowing dust and particles, and limited visibility, while wearing PPE (i.e.: hard hat, goggles, hair net, ear plugs, and/or full body chemical resistant suites)
  • Exposed to heights of up to 40 feet and rapidly changing temperatures, including extreme heat and other weather conditions


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit
  • The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle and/or move various objects, tools and/or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, talk, hear, and see
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Visibility must extend to 62’ and beyond.
  • Ability to move or handle various items generally weighing between 0-75 pounds. Ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.
  • Prolonged kneeling, standing, and looking up.  Incumbent is required to regularly climb stairs and ladders, and will perform overhead work while standing, kneeling, or lying flat, and will constantly crawl, bend at the waist and reach overhead, occasionally lift, pull or carry up to 75 lbs., and walk on uneven ground containing trip hazards.

This information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by associates in this position.  It is not designed to contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  This description supersedes and previous or undated descriptions for this position.  Management has the right to add or change the duties for this position at any time.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

United States Sugar Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.