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Evaporator 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 Evaporator Operator efficiently operates the compact & WR evaporators. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Operate and maintain the Compact and WR evaporators during production and CIP.
  • Responsible routing to and from compact evaporator (permeate/DLP).
  • Responsible for routing permeate to trucks or Water Reclamation from Lactose 350K tank.
  • Responsible for recirculation/cleaning of Lactose 350K Tank
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and complete paperwork.
  • Loading/offloading of ingredient trucks as well as making sure that all paperwork is correct and submitted to the appropriate individuals. 
  • Hourly check of Lactose Pit
  • Monitor surrounding area of compact evaporator for any abnormalities or chemical leaks. 
  • Responsible for daily cleaning of the vacuum systems on the outside of the Lactose Building.  Assist in replacing filters when necessary.
  • Ability to learn and operate computer related controls/SCADA systems.
  • Willingness to learn new processes/procedures. 
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining the residual chlorine concentration of the Lactose polished water tanks and delivery systems (including analyzers).
  • Complete annual OSHA safety training programs.
  • Complete annual company food safety programs.
  • 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.  
  • 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.  

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Must be able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays 
  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Working knowledge of MVR/TVR type evaporators
  • Basic computer skills
  • SCADA control experience
  • Knowledge of water reclamation processes
  • Active/past member of department safety team

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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Salary Range: USD (22.0 - 25.75) HOURLY 

Nearest Major Market: Merced