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Manufacturing Production Assistant

posted May 1, 2019, 10:37 AM by Duane Esselstrom

General Biodiesel is looking for a team member who wants to expand his/her skill set and work in an industrial production environment. We are looking for bright individuals with a team-oriented attitude that want to work hard and learn how to operate, maintain and improve an automated production facility. You will learn how and why industrial and lab equipment operate, the chemistry involved in the process and how an automated facility is operated, improved and maintained.

The Production Assistant is a full-time position with 12-hr shifts four days a week. Shifts are during the daytime or overnight and shifts may/will be rotated. The Production Assistant, under the direction of the Lead Production Assistant and Process Manager, follows specific instruction on how to transform feedstock into high quality biodiesel fuel. Special attention to detail and timing are required when working with the materials and equipment. The Production Assistant maintains an efficient schedule to execute required batch processing and fuel load outs to customers. The Production Assistant assumes duties and responsibilities that span a wide range of tasks.


  • Run the production floor and monitoring equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Maintain an organized and clean plant floor.
  • Operate pumps, centrifuges, valves, boilers, reactors and chillers to produce a quality product.
  • Document and report unusual results, situations and/or broken equipment.
  • Perform fuel load outs to customers and ensure proper paperwork is exchanged and reported.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
  • Ensure all persons on the production floor are properly equipped with personal protection gear and that they adhere to safety rules and SOPs
  • Read, understand and follow company rules and regulations as well as OSHA standards and requirements.
  • Perform preventive maintenance.Take on projects as needed.


  • Minimum G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Must have great attention to detail.
  • Must be medically capable to wear a respirator.Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout a shift.
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions dealing with weights and measurements.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions on mixing or blending a wide range of chemicals and materials with attention to specific timing, temperatures, and safety equipment needed.
  • Ability to work in a production and lab environment with dust, fumes, varied temperatures and a variety of chemicals, ingredients and machinery producing increased levels of noise.
  • Need to be able to work independently or with little supervision once instructions are given.


  • Previous experience in a chemical facility.
  • Experience working with pumps, boilers, reactors, heat exchangers, centrifuges, PLCs or chillers.
  • Working knowledge of hand tools and general maintenance of equipment/machinery.
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