Operator In Training - Columbus (Juniata)

ADM in Juniata, NE

  • Industry: Engineering - Mechanical Engineer
  • Type: Full Time
  • $79,240.00 - 168,310.00
position filled

Position Summary:
An Operator-In-Training monitors and controls process equipment from the DCS and the field. The operator makes adjustments necessary to insure both the quality and the quantity of the products are within specified limits. The operator is responsible for proper documentation and communicates important information to the production supervisor.

Job Responsibilities:
Monitors all DCS screens on a continual basis, noting all changes or discrepancies in production variables such as temperatures, pressures, flows, tank levels, densities, pH and other process conditions
Manipulates DCS control board and screens by targeting and making changes to set-points, out-puts, valves, etc. in order to keep various production conditions within specifications limits and parameters
Analyzes sample results, verifying product quality and adherence to specifications and determines the adjustments needed to correct deviations
Observes and acknowledges all alarm warnings on the DCS Alarm Screen and determines corrective actions to be taken in the control room or in the field to remedy the situation
Obtains samples of product at various stages of production process to test for acidity, density, moisture, pH, and other quality parameters using pH meter, hydrometer, centrifuge, and other lab equipment
Troubleshoots problems by investigating and inspecting all process and machine malfunctions and utilizes mechanical, chemical and other technical expertise to solve and eliminate process related problems
Works in teams by maintaining good communication and cooperation with other department operators and management in order to achieve efficient production processes in all areas
Communicates with field personnel through the use of radio units in order to ensure efficient coordination of the production process both in and out of the control room
Works as a member of control room team, operating the DCS and monitoring level readings, system functions and other data displayed on computer screens
Knows all product specifications and parameters in order to operate all milling, drying and distillation systems for production of a quality product
Performs Lock-Out/Tag-Out/Try-Out procedures on various valves and machine equipment such as motors, driers and pumps. Adheres to all safety and process requirements
Provides work direction and training to field personnel for various operational assignments, or when routine operation of equipment is manually required
Records data and results on Production Parameters charts, Rounds Checklist, log sheets and other related documentation, taking accurate notes on all production figures, times, calculations and other system or operational information
Manually adjusts machines and valves such as butterfly, gate or ball valves in order to maintain process efficiency and quality production standards

Job Description (Continued)

Locates sources of trouble through multiple observation techniques such as sound, sight, touch and smell
Starts machines and adjusts valves according to guidelines as outlined in the department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Completes CIP (Cleaning In Place) procedures on various equipment to ensure efficient functioning and quality production
Transfers product to storage tanks by activating appropriate pumps or conveyers upon reaching desired product consistency
Handles various chemicals in assorted containers in the manner outlined in the manufacturers chemical Material Safety Data Sheet
Observes field temperature gauges, pressure gauges and flow meters to regulate and maintain required process parameters and/or to verify DCS readings
Resets or energizes electrical panels located in Motor Control Center Rooms in order to restart production equipment in a safe and timely manner
Suggests improvements in work methods and procedures by communicating with area leaders, other operators or engineers and discussing recommendations of existing production practices
Dumps chemicals into mixing tanks and turns valves to admit fluids to prepare solutions for various process-related functions
Read and interprets Piping and Instrumentation Drawings to determine system or equipment location and lay-out
Attends respective departmental meetings in order to review and discuss production reports or other department and plant issues
Documents and reports any concerns or problems with the DCS equipment by writing out a DCS System Change Notice to inform appropriate personnel of specific problem areas and to help ensure timely repairs, adjustments or process updates
Performs light maintenance on various department machinery such as filters, heat exchangers, valves, pumps and other process equipment
Informs supervisor immediately of any hazards, unsafe equipment and/or acts. Additionally reports immediately any accidents, injuries and near misses to supervisor.
Recommends solutions to correct deficiencies or improve work and operational practices
Participates actively in training

Required Skills:

  • Good organizational and communication skills, and must be self-motivated
  • Ability to team build, train, and work on multiple tasks concurrently
  • Willingness to assume and learn new responsibilities
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills and willingness to work overtime when necessary
  • Accurate record keeping skill

  • Desired Experience:
  • Good regular and prompt attendance history
  • Excellent safety record and awareness
  • Previous plant and forklift experience (strongly preferred)

  • Physical Requirements:
  • Shift work
  • Work on elevated surfaces
  • Work in cold/hot temperatures

  • Relocation assistance is not available with this position.
    This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.
    ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age disability and veteran status.



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