Plant Operator – Salem, OR

Current Need: Plant Operator

Plant Operators produce large volumes of quality biodiesel. Maintain equipment and facilities; and communicate production stats and needs to different levels of management. Primary responsibilities include:

• Regularly interact with, and occasionally repair, valves, pipes, tanks, and electrical switches
• Operate transfer pumps to receive, move, and ship bulk liquids
• Operate vacuum trucks and forklifts
• Process materials into finished biodiesel by following a set of standard operating procedures
• Test material samples for chemical and physical characteristics
• Regularly perform quality control measures
• Understand ‘24/7 production schedule’—work with management to deploy planned downtime-maintenance in a manner that is safe, productive, and as undisruptive as possible

Communication and Administrative

• Plan, prioritize, and communicate weekly activities
• Maintain shipping and receiving tickets
• Continually update ‘Plant Status Log’
• Maintain facilities related reports and spreadsheets

• Regularly perform production equipment safety audits; prioritize and respond to all concerns

Experience and Competencies
• Passion for biofuels and sustainability
• Schedule flexibility; must be able to work 3, 12-hour shifts per week (schedule is generally 3 days on, 4 days off)
• General mechanical ability (understanding of pumps, pipes, valves, etc.) strongly preferred
• Brewing, and/or QA/QC production experience preferred
• Welding knowledge/application preferred
• Understanding of environmental hazards management/planning and remediation
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication, English literacy (multilingual applicants encouraged to apply)
• Working knowledge/application of MS Word/Excel
• Adaptability
• Stress tolerance
• Forklift certification

Physical Demands
• Ability to stand, sit, walk, push, pull, work in splayed positions, and carry materials up to 100 pounds daily
• Ability to climb ladders
• Ability to work for long period outdoors in temperature/precipitation extremes typical of Oregon’s climate
• Absence of pulmonary, cardiovascular, psychological, and anatomic conditions that would interfere with the ability to wear a respirator
• Ability to wear protective equipment on the head, face, hands, and feet in accordance with safety requirements
• Ability to work in varying noise levels, and to wear hearing protection as required
• Work schedule Sunday through Tuesday 7:00pm – 7:00am

Compensation and Benefits

• Starting wage is $18.50 per hour
• Competitive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
• Three weeks paid vacation (PTO) each year
• Seven paid holidays per year
• 401K with profit sharing (based on company profitability) and 50% match