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

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

Agropur is currently hiring for HTST Operator in our Lake Norden, S.D. facility:

Essential Functions include the following:

  • Pasteurize, standardize, and condense milk in preparation for use in cheese production.

         Follow startup procedure of equipment.

         Monitoring raw milk flow into balance tank, through pasteurizing heaters, through separators to separate cream from the milk, to evaporators for condensing and then ultimately to horizontal cheese vats for use in cheese production.

         Regulating factors such as milk solids, cream fats, and temperature and making adjustments depending on the type of cheese to be produced.

         Taking frequent readings and logging upwards of twenty variables.

         Operating Clean In Place (CIP) cycles.

         Troubleshooting and maintenance of machinery.

         Cleaning and sanitation of all parts of HTST department including walls, floors, and equipment.

         Assisting all other coworkers with tasks and duties within the department.

Secondary Functions include the following:

  • 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 instantly recognize when factors are outside acceptable parameters.
  • Ability to understand interaction between computer and machinery and to troubleshoot problems as they arise.
  • Able to properly document information legibly onto log sheets.
  • Understand all Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Understand and obey all Good Manufacturing Practice.


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 and up and down trucks.
  • Frequently move up to 50 pounds for 12 hour shifts.
  • Ability to work with chemicals.
  • Able to move above about 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.

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