Agropur, Inc.
  • Production
  • Lake Norden, SD, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA plans, Life, Disability and 401 (k)

Job Summary:

Vat Operator is responsible for operation of Cheese Vats in Cheese Make Room. All production activities associated with Vat operation in Make Room. Vat Operator will ensure the production of quality products always staying in compliance with GMP's and safe employee practices within operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completely fill out Pre Operational log before starting production run.
  • Make proper connections from starter room, cream silo, and UF silo for injection.
  • Maintain legal pasteurization on milk HTST and cream HTST.
  • Run milk samples at least once per vat and adjust cream and UF milk addition as needed to ensure desired protein/fat ratio.
  • Add required ingredients into the cheese vat.
  • Monitor all equipment and recording charts and ensure everything is working correctly and within parameters.
  • Take milk and whey samples as required.
  • Monitor pH at pump over and on the tables, adjust starter usage as needed.
  • Completely and accurately fill out all recording charts.
  • Record all required information on the make sheets and in the WonderWare.
  • Complete CIP of milk HTST, vat fill line, starter inject line, cream inject line, UF inject line, cream HTST, cheese vats, and all other equipment that was used during previous days production run.
  • As ST silos become empty, rinse residual product to the vat.       Set up silo for wash and start CIP.
  • CIP starter cans as needed.
  • Record chemical concentration checks during CIP's as required.
  • Return all sample vials to lab after production run.
  • Perform tasks on Master Sanitation Log as required and record.
  • Keep standardizing, HTST, and OO area clean.
  • Maintain a safe work environment.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and

                           responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.




Technical Competencies:

  • Ability to pay strong attention to detail and multitask effectively.
  • Computer Literate.
  • Able to properly document information legibly onto the production and master sanitation log sheets.
  • Understand all CIP circuits and titrate all chemicals involved in CIP programs.
  • Understand and obey all Good Manufacturing Practice.
  • Follow safety procedures and wear required PPE when handling chemicals


  • High School Education or equivalent.
  • Good English speaking and writing skills.
  • Good Mechanical aptitude.
  • Food service, food plant or sanitation background preferred.






Non-technical Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Requires the ability to communicate and document work.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Good to excellent spelling, grammar and written communication skills.


Work Conditions

  • Track and maintain information on a database.
  • Be able to move up and down stairs while moving 40 pounds.
  • Frequently move up to 40 pounds for 12 hour shifts.
  • Able to move about work stations in a manufacturing environment most of the shift.
  • Be able to work at floor level, waist level, and shoulder level repetitively.
  • Be able to work the shift assigned and fill in other shifts as needed.
  • Be able to work weekends (including Saturday and Sunday) and off shifts if needed or assigned.
  • Able to work at heights
  • Able to work with chemicals.

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