Production Operator III - APC

Essentia Proteins

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Sublette, KS

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Promote safety, maintain a sanitary food environment, and ensure that only the highest quality product is made. Work day or nights, 12-hour shifts schedules including weekends and holidays, and overtime as needed.


Education: High School Diploma or GED certificate preferred.

Experience: Previous work experience in agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred.


  • Operate production equipment under the supervision of the shift supervisor as follows:
  • Nano-filtration, UV or dryer operation (Job dependent)
  • Monitor and document product volume, temperatures, times, and pressure readings
  • Connect pipes and hoses
  • Adjust valves and operate pumps
  • Clean dryer spray nozzles and tips
  • Monitor gauges, take solids readings and clean outside of all equipment using chemicals (caustics, acids, and hot water)
  • Monitor equipment to ensure proper function and operation
  • Must know type of product, source, and all handling procedures involved in each processing procedure
  • Full understanding of product flow
  • Process plasma in nano-filtration room, connect pipes, operate electrical pumps and clean equipment
  • Assist with the change out of membranes as needed
  • Maintain a safe, clean, organized work area throughout the facility
  • Maintain general housekeeping of production areas
  • Ensure all charts are charts are properly documented according to company and regulatory regulations
  • Ensure all paperwork is done correctly and completely
  • Operate pallet jack and forklift
  • Proficient computer skills
  • CIP silos and equipment
  • Complies with and follows company food safety and quality policies.
  • Sample product in according and adherence to all SOPs, procedures and quality requirements, document, and report raw material that is out of specification.
  • Performs elementary mechanical and carpentry repairs throughout plant as instructed by supervision.
  • Engage in continuous improvement and process improvement
  • Anticipate problems and implement solutions
  • Demonstrate good judgement in safeguarding customer, company, vendor and employee information.
  • Assume responsibility for the attainment of plant goals and objectives.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships and communications with employees from all other departments and peers
  • Assists maintenance with repairing/replacing motors and pumps throughout the plant.


  • Ability to prepare and operate all machinery associated with job tasks
  • General knowledge of production/manufacturing methods
  • Ability to read gauges and record data in a legible manner and in accordance with established procedures
  • Ability to learn to handle inedible protein materials in accordance with established sanitary procedures and practices.
  • Ability to understand and follow established work procedures, including mandated sanitary and safety guidelines.
  • Must be able to prepare and comprehend Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), logs, schedules, and communicate with fellow employees.
  • Must have good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to operate forklift/pallet jack.
  • Ability to perform basic math skills.
  • Ability to move freely throughout plant with sustained physical/mental effort to climb, sample and clean equipment and work areas.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional during peak periods.
  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunctions and situations as they arise, notifying appropriate staff of problems beyond scope of normality.
  • Ability to cooperate with all staff.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work daily and overtime as necessary.
  • Ability to assist in all work areas.
  • Takes on additional responsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done.
  • Firmly adheres to the values and ethics of APC
  • Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising when necessary, promptly share relevant information with others
  • Is open to changing situations and is willing to perform all tasks when and where assigned
  • Able and willing to perform task and duties independently
  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude and work ethic
  • Follow all GMPs and work in a manner consistent with all corporate, regulatory, food, safety, quality and sanitation requirements.


Approximate: 12 Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing Continuous

Sitting Occasional

Walking Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder


Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.)


Confined Spaces Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights Occasional

Protected Heights Occasional

Lifting weights from 1 to 80 lbs. at waist level Frequent

Lifting weights from 1 to 60 lbs. at floor level Frequent

Lifting weights from 1 to 50 lbs. at shoulder level Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing with up to 80 lbs. of force. Frequent

Working with/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment Continuous

Operating a Motor Vehicle (as a part of your job) N/A

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery Occasional

Hand Movements:

Recording Data Frequent

Operating Office Equipment N/A

Operating Computer N/A

Simple Grasping (right and left) Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) up to 80 lbs of force Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) Occasional

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties Yes

Color Definition N/A

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform

Job Duties Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas


Office Occasional

Multiple Locations


Plant Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area


Rough Terrain


Other N/A


Employee must be able to handle multiple tasks and learn equipment/machinery operation as required by job description. Employee will frequently use the following abilities: learning new equipment; calculating; analyzing numbers and situations; reading, speaking and writing; comprehending complex information; problem solving; and communication skills. Employee must be able to follow established procedures using common sense and logical thinking in accomplishing job duties. In addition, employee must be able to work independently, set priorities, and determine work assignments and work methods. Normally, employee will be responsible for materials, company property and work that he/she has completed.


General manufacturing working conditions exist. Exposures include but are not limited to chemicals, odor, temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat, high noise level, dust, moving equipment/machinery and extended work hours. Occasional outside work. Will be required to stand for extended periods of time on concrete floors. Will be exposed to chemicals used during production and cleanup.

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