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Dryer Operator

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Dryer Operator is responsible for operating all plant equipment related to dryers, processing finished product, scaling and loading all bulk/tank trucks efficiently to reduce downtime, meet production goals, and meet customer expectations. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Operate, monitor, and control production processes in area of responsibility.
  • Complete periodic QC checks- ability to sample product by physically taking samples, test samples using appropriate lab test equipment, and interpret sample results.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete paperwork.
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of process equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ability to perform operator based preventative maintenance duties.
  • Procedures, policies and practices adherence and development.
  • Use a variety of common hand tool as well as operate a pallet jack.
  • Accurately explain process flow for one processing area.
  • Assist in assuring efficient operation of equipment, quality of product, and safety of all personnel.
  • Communicate, interact, and work effectively with all team members to help achieve production goals.  
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job, buddy training
  • Ability to take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues; use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics (decision making & problem solving).
  • Ability to relate and conform to established policies and procedures.
  • Active participation and ownership in your training and development program and associated activities, classes and events, which will be held before, during, after shifts and during scheduled days off
  • Perform master sanitation program duties as assigned.
  • Participate in departmental safety teams.
  • Completion of operational training (written & verbal) for area of responsibility
  • Complete the following annual training: OSHA required safety, hearing test, GMP, Training Skills Assessment, LO/TO Training/Fall Protection, Confined Space, Industrial lift licenses and complete Arc Flash training and pass

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Must be able to work 12 hour variable shift, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed
  • Communication, time management, organizational, and basic math skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook 
  • Ability to lift 60lbs

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution 
  • Experience/Proficiency/Skilled in Permeate Operator (Level 1)
  • 1 plus years of manufacturing experience
  • Prior feed mill/grain experience 
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical and electrical processes
  • Active/Past member of Departmental Safety Team
  • SAP and Wonder Ware experience

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Nearest Major Market: Amarillo