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Equipment Operator

Empirical Foods, Inc.

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Dakota City, NE
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Job Description

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Job Overview:

Join the future of food!

At our company we strive for continuous improvement, not only in our processes, but in our people. High quality employees allow us to remain on the leading edge of innovation. With you, we make things better!

Position Overview

Operate many pieces of large industrial equipment that are used in the operation of the Primal Operations area. Each equipment operator will be assigned and trained in the operation of process equipment and material handling equipment. This position will monitor and control the operation of equipment and assist in processing incoming and outgoing loads of raw materials. They communicate to plant management any issues during production, assist in teardown, cleaning, and rebuilding of equipment, ensuring timely and efficient startup.

Job Functions

  • Responsible for monitoring and controlling the operation of equipment, people, and processes required to meet production and sanitation requirements. Ensure that equipment is performing at optimal levels and in accordance with all safety and quality assurance standards. Immediately notify management or correct any problems.
  • Assist in teardown, cleaning, and rebuilding of equipment. Responsible for efficient and timely startup of equipment required to maintain production schedules. Maintain high quality and safety standards. Set up panels and equipment properly for production.
  • Process all incoming and outgoing loads of raw material, performing pallet and box counts, and inspecting pallets and boxes for damage in a timely manner. Will also plan and execute next day raw materials according to planned schedule.
  • Take accurate inventory of all Raw Materials and process orders in a timely manner. Pull and scan Raw Material tags prior to going into production. Use critical thinking skills appropriate to role.
  • Will drive a forklift and/or pallet jack to assist with the loading and unloading of incoming raw material and outgoing finished product.
  • Will maintain the integrity and follow procedures and processes put into place by ownership. Responsible for smooth shift transitions and full communication of related items to ensure production is not interrupted.
  • Maintain cleanliness of plant and work areas in Primal Operations Room.
  • Will be required to learn all aspects and be knowledgeable of all systems as it pertains to the Primal Op's area. Can provide backup or support to all positions within the department.
  • As required, provide stewardship and oversight of overall machine center upkeep and reliability.
  • As required, provide leadership as backup to supervisor.
  • Ability to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to maintain certification to operate material handling equipment.
  • Basic computer knowledge and proficiency.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and skills.
  • Speak clearly and effectively, write legibly and effectively.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data from a wide variety of sources and take appropriate action.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision, have a sense of urgency, and a demonstrated record of dependability.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of employees as necessary, both in written and verbal form.
  • Must have regular and punctual attendance.

Physical Requirements

  • This position requires sitting, standing, walking, climbing, twisting, reaching, bending, and lifting.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 60lbs.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends.

Experience: Minimumof 1 year of plant production experience or equivalent is preferred.
Education: HighSchool diploma, an equivalent, or verifiable ability to perform essential job functions.
Department: Operations
Reports to (if applicable): ProductionSuperintendent or Production Supervisor

Our company is known for its competitive pay, benefits, and opportunities to advance. Depending on position benefits may include: Health/Dental/Vision, Disability, Life, Flex Medical and Dependent Care, Matching 401(k), Profit Sharing, Paid Vacation and Holidays.

Our company is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. The company prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled

Post offer physical and substance testing required.

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