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Filtration Operator

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

Responsible for safely operating Protein Plant Equipment to process whey protein in accordance with company Food Safety and GMP practices. 

Job Responsibilities
  • Practice significant computer interface functions. (Wonder Ware, Word and Excel based)
  • Operation and understanding of HTST fundamentals.
  • Operation and understanding of whey protein making fundamentals and whey protein recipes
  • Practice proper product handling to ensure minimum product loss.
  • 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. 
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job, buddy training.
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Hold self and others accountable to HCC’s food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates.
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times.
  • Report any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up.
  • Follow all safety policies and procedures at HCC.
  • Follow all HCC Food Safety and GMP practices.
  • Perform pre-start up inspections on respective equipment.
  • Troubleshooting of respective equipment when problems arise.
  • Perform shut down on respective equipment
  • Notify Supervisor of any problems with equipment or processes that could affect the product integrity or quality, or that could impose a possible safety hazard.
  • Maintain equipment and work environment cleanliness.
  • Conducting CIP’s, COP’s and other cleaning steps according to HCC procedures.
  • Operate and understand fundamentals of multiple pieces of equipment.
  • Multitasking of several operations as once.
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.
  • Annual completion of hearing test.
  • Annual completion of GMP training.
  • Annual completion of Training Skills Assessment.
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required. 
  • Participate in departmental safety teams.
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.
What You Will Need
  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard)
  • Ability to lift up to 45lbs
What Will Put You Ahead
  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • 1 year SAP experience.
  • 1 years of dairy manufacturing experience.
  • Computer experience – Word, Excel, Outlook, ect.
  • Completed Company HTST Class.
  • Completed Company Membrane Filtration Class.
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 the cheese plant.
  • 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