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Water Reclamation Operator

At Hilmar Cheese Company and Hilmar Ingredients, we improve lives around the world by being a leading producer of wholesome dairy products that contribute to the success of all stakeholders. We are one of the world’s largest and most respected manufacturers of cheese, whey protein, lactose and milk powders. We are successful for two reasons: (1) we know the cheese and ingredients business really well, and (2) we know that we can’t succeed without great people!

A Typical Day

The Water Reclamation Operator is responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of the WR plant processes with the overall goal of meeting our regulatory discharge permit limits.

Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and operate all the equipment/processes used in the WR plant.
  • Responsible for insuring set points are met or that a supervisor is informed of changes made to control set points.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and complete paperwork at all times.
  • Responsible for the cleaning of membranes on both RO’s and UF systems.
  • Responsible for the up keep of all equipment and surrounding areas.
  • Responsible for reporting any problems or issues with equipment to management.
  • Work alone and in a team environment.
  • Follow verbal directions of management
  • Responsible for monitoring assigned equipment and to make changes to improve efficiency/operation.
  • Perform hourly checks on equipment.
  • Must be able to learn and perform minor lab tasks
  • Learn and operate Wonderware/SCADA type controls.
  • Willingness to study and improve upon knowledge
  • All other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Complete annual OSHA safety programs.
  • Complete annual company food safety programs.
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.
  • 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. 
  • 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
  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard)
  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs
  • Ability to work in adverse weather environments
  • Pass a pre-employment skills assessment test
  • Pass the level 3 Post Offer Employment Testing (POET)

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Water treatment/distribution experience
  • Background or coursework in biology/chemistry

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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