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Utility 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

The Milk Receiving Utility Operator is primarily responsible for the chemical delivery system maintenance, valve maintenance, assisting on Shift Supervisors with daily process monitoring, and occasional membrane testing. Also, Utility Operators may have to cover call in’s on occasion and complete OBM PM’s that are scheduled. 

Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for following GMP guidelines and all company policies as outlined in the employee handbook.
  • Know and understand all Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (H.A.C.C.P).
  • Responsible for having a thorough understanding of product formulas and manufacture of specialty products.
  • Responsible for maintenance of plant valves, upkeep of Preventative Maintenance database.
  • Responsible for communicating issues related to the above responsibilities to the Production Supervisor.
  • Utility operator may be primarily assigned to one of the above listed responsibilities but is required to be flexible enough to work or rotate into any of the above areas.
  • Hours for this position will vary and flexibility is required.
  • Utility Operator may be called on to assist with other operator functions dependent upon background knowledge.
  • All other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • 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. 
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required. 
  • 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.
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.
  • Complete First Aid/CPR/AED Certification.
  • Complete annual Company safety training program(s).
  • Complete annual Food Safety overview training.
  • 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
  • Ability to lift up to 45 lbs.
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts (day/swing/grave).
What Will Put You Ahead
  • High school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook  
  • Demonstrates proficiency on position specific needs analysis requirements
  • Experience with SAP to identify, address and close work notification assigned
  • Strong Technical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Highly self-directed.
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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