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Position Title: Utility Operator Signature
Utility Operators are a supporting position for the operations teams. They are responsible for the operation of the plant to
ensure maximum production and quality control, by monitoring plant process and equipment. Utility Operators will work a 12-
hour shift schedule 7 of every 14 days, alternating from days to nights every 6 weeks. Utility operators will also be expected
to learn all areas of the plant over a short period of time; to include Distillation & Evaporation, Cook, Energy Center and
Board Operations. They will also be expected to learn the process of Ethanol manufacturing and co-products and the
equipment used in this process. They may also be utilized in the maintenance and material handling departments as needed.
This position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
I. Utility operators will work a 12 hour shift, rotating schedule.
Ensure that processes are operated in a safe, timely and cost effective manner
Communicate regularly with all process operators, both individually and as a group, to maintain consistent
operation among the shifts. This is to include both written and verbal communication.
Follow all plant policies and procedures. This will include Safety, Operational and Company policies.
Ensure that the plant is clean and organized by following all housekeeping rules, schedules and guidelines.
Will also be on an on call “as needed” basis including call-ins and vacation coverage.
Operations team members will rotate form day shift to night shift every 6 week
Operations teams members will work all spring and fall plant maintenance outages as well as attending
mandatory safety training throughout the year in addition to regular schedule.
II. Help Monitor and control plant operations
Work with plant DCS & PLC control systems.
Have basic computer skills and be familiar with windows based software.
Responsible for the Distillation and Evaporation areas. To include, but not limited to sampling, monitoring,
adjusting the process to assure proper performance and product specifications are met.
Responsible for all tank farm activities including transfers, truck loading and off-loading.
Field monitor equipment and help troubleshoot plant operation issues.
Help with the maintenance and upkeep of plant process areas and plant equipment. Report possible
maintenance issues via plant CMMS system.
The operations group will also help with the grain handling / shipping and receiving areas of the plant.
III. Participates in Quality Assurance Program.
Communicates directly with QA lab to ensure effective participation in the implementation of QA policies and
Samples and test process streams as required by the QA program and procedures. Work with shift
supervisor to adjust and control process based on these results.
Maintain QA records, logs and spreadsheets; as well as field readings and housekeeping records.
Understands and interprets QA result and takes appropriate effective action when required.
IV. Participates in Plant Maintenance Program (CMMS).
Communicates directly with the maintenance department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in
Performs daily preventative maintenance activities as scheduled and/or directed.
Assists maintenance technicians in performing maintenance and repairs.
Assists with diagnosing and trouble-shooting maintenance related issues
V. Participates in safety, health and environmental programs
Knows and understands city, county, state and federal regulations relating to process operations and works
in a manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times.
Participates in plant safety education and training program and must follow all procedures at all times. This
will include monthly, quarterly and annual training sessions.
Implements programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness.
Monitor use and inventories of process chemicals.
Trained and certified on the use of all company rolling stock.
VII. Minimum Job Requirements
Preferred minimum degree from a two year degree in power/process or a Technical/vocational
school; technical military background or 3 years work experience.
Computer skills: basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products; Word, Excel, Power Point
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with basic office
software, e.g., word processing, email, and spreadsheets
Must have the ability to work effectively with computerized maintenance management system.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Time management skills.
All new hired staff will be required to complete an online ethanol short course that the company
provides within one year of employment.
VIII. Working environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to work near moving
The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions; must be able to climb ladders and
to work in high, precarious places; and outdoor weather conditions. Must be able to lift objects
weighing up to 50 pounds.
The employee may be occasionally exposed to high noise environments.
Candidate will perform analytical testing on intermediate and final products according to Standard Operating Procedures to ensure plant efficiency in the conversion of starch to ethanol as required by company standards as well as state and federal mandates. This person will have 40 hour work weeks with possible over-time and will share the lab’s responsibility for “on-call” necessities.
Scope of Responsibility:
Chosen candidate will be responsible for day to day testing and quality control measures as identified by operational needs and management. New responsibilities and tasks are added as needs arise.
Job Responsibilities (but not limited to):
Optimal candidate will have knowledge and experience with:
- Maintain awareness of plant operations and process conditions
- Complete daily rounds of sampling and monitoring
- Certify final product tanks
- Perform quality control tests in all aspects of Ethanol production
- Microsoft Excel and Word
- Proper documentation both written and electronic
- Maintain and repair lab equipment
- Assist in other areas of the plant as needed
- Adapt to new plant needs or concerns
- Maintain a clean workspace
- Follow all Safe Work Practices
- Begin Minnesota West Ethanol Training within one year of hire
- Lab equipment:
- Gas Chromatography
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography
- Ion Exchange Chromatography
- Karl Fisher Titrations
- Water treatment
- Cooling Water
- Boiler Water
- Post-High School Education Required
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Ability to work well with others in and outside of Quality Control
- Ability to work efficiently without guidance
- Strict attention to detail
- Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel
- Adherence to high standards (company & industrial)
- Ability to lift 50lbs, bend, twist, and reach