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Production Operator

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Proliant Dairy Ingredients

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Proliant Dairy Ingredients


Proliant Dairy Ingredients is accepting applications for full time Production Operators for the afternoon shift at our Melrose, MN facility.  The work schedule is composed of 4 - 10 hour days, with four days off (Saturday - Tuesday) every other weekend.  Full time starting wage is $18/hour. Proliant Dairy Ingredients offers an extensive benefits package.  Successful completion of pre-employment physical and drug screen required.  PDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply online today!



Purpose:  To assist various areas within the plant while maintaining efficient production processes according to Good Manufacturing Practices in order to meet customer specifications.


Job Duties:

  • Operate evaporator, Triple C, fluid bed, packaging and palletizing equipment.
  • Operate spray dryers, monitors intake and exhaust temperatures, monitors and samples powdered product, check operation of spray nozzles, and sweep down dryers.
  • Operate bag house, makes sure air is on, check on moving parts, and help with removal and replacement of bags.
  • Load product tanks and silos.
  • Bag and blend finished powder, weigh, sample, seal and palletize product and move pallets which may require a forklift of pallet jack.
  • Perform elementary mechanical and carpentry repairs throughout plant, prepare surfaces for painting and paint where needed.
  • Assist maintenance with wiring/welding projects and repairing/replacing motors and pumps.
  • Provide support for basic analytical testing on finished product.
  • Maintain a clean work area including proper care and storage of tools/equipment.

Job Qualifications



High school diploma or GED preferred.




Stable work experience in the areas such as agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred.

Job Requirements

  • Ability to prepare and operate all machinery in plant
  • General knowledge of production/manufacturing methods
  • Ability to read gauges and record data in a legible manner and in accordance with established procedures
  • Ability to learn handling of food grade materials in accordance with established sanitary procedures
  • Ability to understand and follow established work procedures, including mandated sanitary and safety guidelines
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend instructions
  • Ability to operate forklift/pallet jack
  • Ability to work varying work schedules
  • Ability to communicate in oral and written form
  • Ability to interpret and work from oral and written instructions
  • Ability to perform basic math skills
  • Ability to move freely throughout plant with sustained physical/mental effort to climb, sample, and clean equipment and work areas
  • Ability to remain calm and professional 
  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunction and situations as they arise, notifying appropriate staff of problems beyond scope of normality
  • Ability to cooperate with all Proliant staff
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work daily and overtime as necessary
  • Ability to assist in all work areas
  • Ability to follow all USDA requirements