Stuffing Room Operator

Location: 590 Woodrow St Denmark, WI
Date Posted: 10-10-2017
Do you have at least 6 months of machine operating experience?  Are you looking to expand your knowledge and become an expert in one-of-a-kind machinery? 
 
Salm Partners, located in Denmark, WI is looking for a Stuffing Room Operator.  We are currently looking for a qualified, motivated individual to operate one of our three different types of machines on 3rd Shift.  3rd shift hours are Sundays 7:30pm-6am, 9:45pm-6am Monday-Friday.

SUMMARY

Performs all activities related to the preparation of raw blended meat for processing into sausage products, including equipment set-up, product stuffing, monitoring, and subsequent sanitation activities for the stuffing room.  Complies with all safety, food safety, SQF, GMP and USDA requirements.
 
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Verify the production menu for process and product specifications at the system control panel using the operational parameters and standard work check sheets prior to start-up.
  • Set up the Stuffing Room equipment for production operation per the Operational Parameters, including hopper, grinder, pipes, meat pumps, extrusion equipment, crimper, smoke application system, & components including plates, springs, valves, etc., and tear down at end of production run or for sanitation per the production schedule, and have it confirmed by a Facilitator prior to start-up.
  • Set up Tower, closing doors, setting up liquid smoke system, and verify prior to start-up of production per the established Standard Work Check List.
  • Set up the brine system; add water and salt to specified parameters.
  • Load raw blended meat from hopper to the grinder
  • Load the collagen hopper; ensure appropriate supply is maintained for ongoing application throughout the production run.
  • Monitor pressure gauges, tower & cook chill temperatures and drive time, and computer control system to ensure the process stays within specifications.
  • Complete Stuffing Room checks periodically throughout the shift per established procedures; complete length and weight checks, tower & blender checks, vat tracking, Baader and grinder checks.
  • Complete documentation for lot tracking and traceability for collagen and meat vats used in production.
  • Conduct a visual inspection of the meat vats, as well as a visual inspection of the meat as it is being dumped into the hopper.
  • Complete collagen tests with every grinder check to ensure the percentage of collagen applied is within specifications, and complete the appropriate paperwork.
  • Monitor the tower to ensure it is operating correctly and that the liquid smoke application is satisfactory; conduct smoke titration and pH testing, and adjust the percent applied as necessary.
  • Record and track production and downtime, providing a detailed explanation of downtime.
  • Complete Down Time Log to record and track production time.
  • Assist with training Backup Operators and operators hired onto the shift.
  • Perform sanitation duties that include the following:  sweep, mop and squeegee floors; wipe down equipment, foam and clean belts and conveyors; wash parts and walls; empty and clean bins and barrels; remove and dispose of all waste; mop and clean the stuffing room, coolers and /or the tower.
  • Follow all Lockout/Tagout procedures without fail.
  • Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as required.
  • Exercise safety precautions when using cleaning chemicals; use cleaning chemicals appropriate for the task.
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations per established company policies.
  • Operate a forklift and pallet jack to pull and move product and supplies
  • Provide backup assistance with packaging and palletizing as needs dictate.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
Qualifications 
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and with changing environmental conditions.  Must have a strong attention to detail and the ability to work rapidly and with a high degree of accuracy.  Must also have a strong mechanical aptitude and commitment to working safely. Must be able to achieve forklift certification.
 
Education and/or Experience                                                
A minimum of high school diploma or GED equivalency and a minimum of 6 months of experience as a Backup Stuffing Operator is normally required.  Certification in Industrial Maintenance or Electro-Mechanical Technology or related field is preferred.  Previous experience in a USDA regulated work environment is preferred.  Experience with ready-to-eat processed meats is strongly preferred. 
 
Communication Skills                                                
Must possess strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.  Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Must be able to read and understand written and spoken English language.
 
Computer Skills
Must have basic computer proficiency and the ability to learn the QX operating screens and MAS 500 ERP systems.  Basic Excel and Outlook skills are strongly preferred.
 
Mathematical Skills                                                   
Must have basic math skills.
 
Reasoning Ability                                                      
Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, verbal or diagram form.  Must have strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to apply root cause problem solving methodology in problem resolution.
 
Physical Demands 
While performing the duties of this job, the partner is frequently required to stand for extended periods; walk; sit and talk or hear. The partner is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms, with repetitive motions of hands, arms and shoulders. The partner must regularly lift up to 50# and periodically lift and/or move up to 80 #.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and depth perception.  
 
Work Environment 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. There is a wide variation of temperatures, ranging from 35° F to 100° F in the various work areas.  The work environment is wet and slippery most of the time. The noise level in the production work environment is usually loud.  Partners are required to wear nitrile gloves, hearing protection, frocks and hairnets, and anti-slip footwear with composite toes at all times while working on the Stuffing Room floor.  Goggles, rain suits and face shields will be required at different times in the course of the work being performed.
 
Salm Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, and we are committed to the employment and advancement of minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.
 
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