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Process Operator Wanted


  • Responsible for the hammermill(s) cook, fermentation and methanator areas including bulk chemical and enzyme storage.
  • Prioritizes work for most efficient use of time and resources.
  • Test and record all required equipment as set forth on the log sheet.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Plant Manager.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, contractors, customers and suppliers.
  • Report any discrepancies to the lead operator as soon as you become aware of it.
  •  Conduct your work in a safe and responsible manner.  Report any safety problem to the lead operator immediately.
  • Be familiar with employee handbook and all safety requirements.
  •  Keep informed on hazardous conditions of any kind.  Bases – caustic, ammonia, urea.  Acids – sulfuric, sulfamic, phosphoric.  High pressure and/or temperatures.  Grabbing of hot samples – cook area, cip.  Use of hot water-flush water, steam.  Chemical barrel wash-versene, antifoam, bleach.  Process equipment – hammermill screens, coupler, mixers.  Chemical spill containment – acid, caustic, enzyme.
  •  Keep area clean (trash, trashcans, spills, general cleaning)
  • Load trucks and unload denaturant as needed.
  • Take required samples to lab for analysis
  • Keep current on the status of all operating equipment, including water to pump seals, oil in pump glasses, vibration of pumps or motors, enzyme pumps, condition of CIP, listen for unusual noises, uniformity of ground grain.
  •  Know which grain bin is being filled and which grain bin is being emptied.
  • Enzyme pumps are to be checked every hour.  Enzyme rates are to be checked a minimum of four times per shift.  Calibrate rates when grain rates change.  Make repairs or substitutions when required.
  • CIP tank needs to be adequate for further use at the end of each shift.
  • Fermenters are to be cleaned as soon as they are empty.  Propagators may be required to be CIP’d on a regular basis.
  • Periodically the fermenters need to be visually inspected prior to CIP wash to be sure no debris is left in the tank.  Listen to be sure spray balls are rotating during the cleaning cycle.
  • Other duties not listed herein, but which need to be accomplished to maintain safe and timely day-to-day operations within the plant.
  •  High School Diploma or GED
Skills Required:
  •  Ability and willingness to learn new skills and responsibilities.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  •  Ability to follow standard operating procedures.
  •  Posses logical problem solving ability.
  •  Ability to manage confined space entry, climb ladders and lift 60 pounds required.
  •  Accuracy in sampling and record keeping.
  • Some mechanical ability.
  • Demonstrated trouble shooting ability.
  • Must be clean shaven.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Protective Clothing Required: Gloves, hard hat, eye protections, hard toe shoes, ear plugs, lanyard, harness
Supervisory Responsibilities: None at this time.
Supervisor: Reports to the  Plant Manager
Other: *Non-smoking Environment, *Drug free work place *Pre-employment physical required *Pre-employment drug screen required