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 Protein Dryer Operator is responsible for safely operating Protein Dryer Equipment to process and dry whey protein package 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 whey protein processing and drying fundamentals and drying recipes.
  • Practice proper product handling to ensure minimum product loss.
  • Maintain accurate and complete documentation.
  • 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.
  • Complete annual OSHA required safety training.
  • Complete annual hearing test.
  • Complete annual GMP training.
  • Annual completion of Training Skills Assessment.
  • 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  
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook  

Physical Demands & Work Environment

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.

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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