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Operations Technician

Wahpeton, North Dakota

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need dependable, efficient, safety-minded individuals to join our team. General Operators are vital to our daily operations. Examples of roles include preparing meat to be cooked, palletizing boxed product, administration work, using scanners and computers to track product, and verifying quality and accuracy. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we'll train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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  • Safety
  • Productive
  • Hardworking
  • Multi-tasker
  • Motivated
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Proactive
  • Focused
  • Efficient

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What I like about Cargill's safety procedures is that they're really easy to follow and they've become a really big part of our culture here.”

Rachel G., QA Food Safety Support

I've worked at several different plants, and I feel Cargill listens and cares for everyone's safety. I feel like safety is there main focus with employees. They've provided me with ESL classes to take, and great discounts with gym memberships which gives me energy helps me focus day in and day out. I just love it here!”

Elisabeth C.

Cargill has change my life a lot! I feel like people really care about their employees. They have been very supportive with my life changes and have even given me an opportunity to move up. I'm now a safety lead at my table.”

Catherine V.

Here at Cargill, people treat me good, and I treat them good. Since I've been working here, I've been able to grow spiritually, and mentally. I've been able to gain confidence in wanting to move up in my position. Since I've been working here at Cargill, I've gotten married, and thankful that I can support me and my beautiful wife.”

Marvin S.

Operations Technician

Job ID WAH00276 Date posted 07/08/2020 This Full-time position is in Wahpeton, North Dakota; however please expect receiving calls from a 952 area code in case you are considered. Relocation assistance is not provided.

Operation Technicians are directly involved with processing corn, our raw material, into sweeteners and feed products. Technicians will work in teams in one of the following areas: Mill, Refinery, and Utilities.

The facility runs 24 hours per day. 365 days per year. Technicians are required to work a 12-hour rotating shift (6:30 am – 6:30 pm or 6:30 pm – 6:30 am), which will include weekends and some holidays. During plant start-ups employees may be expected to work additional hours beyond the normal schedule as required and may participate in classroom type training prior to start-up phase. Additional hours will be required for safety & team meetings and other necessary training.

Principal accountabilities
  • Able to work 12-hour shift rotation, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.
  • Work on-call as assigned.
  • Process monitoring and control.
  • Product sampling analysis.
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of process equipment and instrumentation.
  • Procedures, policies and practices adherence and development.
  • Permit completion and coordination.
  • Assist in assuring efficiency of operation of equipment, quality of product, and safety of all personnel.
Other responsabilities:
  • Operate all plant equipment, Plant sanitation via normal/high pressure water hose or shoveling/material handling.
  • Collect physical samples from plant areas and analyze with laboratory equipment/chemicals.
  • Safe work practices including lockout/tagout, fall protection, permitting process and behavioral observations.
  • Loading of products into rail cars or trucks, and offloading of chemicals by rail, truck or tote.
  • Getting along and working with others.
  • Handling stress/pressure.
  • Operation all plant rolling stock including Rail movers, pay-loader, bobcat, forklift, scissors lift and skyjack.
  • Work days and nights, holidays and weekends.
  • Required to cover open vacancies on other teams and carry a pager when needed.
  • Multi-tasking, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Work with diverse/multi-trade and craft workgroups.
  • Be accountable for your actions.
  • Strive to be a zero injury culture, proficient in hazard recognition (W.H.A.T).
  • Develop yourself to become a leader.
  • Participate in team roles and discussions; and function as a working member of a high-performance work team.
  • Follow leadership direction and department/company policies.
Technician responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following tasks:
  • Monitoring and controlling the various unit operations via the process control system, checking product quality and progress.
  • Performing quality checks on raw materials, intermediate process streams, and finished products, using a variety of laboratory equipment.
  • Performing verification and validation tasks associated with on-line instruments and control systems.
  • Unloading raw material, loading finished products (trucks, railcars, etc), and controlling inventory in order to satisfy both internal and external customer needs.
  • Performing a variety of preventive/planned basic maintenance tasks on plant systems and equipment. Also being directly involved with improvement of these systems and the equipment.
  • Problem analysis and solution implementation on short term operational deviations and longer term plant needs.
  • Being responsible for the safety, food safety, sanitation, and hygiene conditions as a member of an area team, including necessary clean up and proper handling of the product and production equipment.
  • In addition to these areas, the Operations Technician will have an opportunity to participate with others in many different specialty tasks and projects. A few examples might include participation on the Safety committee or quality improvement teams. The plant is a large manufacturing facility and technicians will be subject to performing tasks working under varying temperature extremes, some physical labor, dealing with heights, handling of chemicals, exposure to dust, some tasks that require use of a respirator, and working around a wide variety of continuous process equipment.


  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.
  • Cargill requires employees be a minimum of 18 years old to work in a production facility.
  • Ability to understand and communicate in English (verbal/written).
  • High School diploma or Equivalent.
  • Basic use of a computer.
  • Ability to perform physical job duties which may include bending, lifting up to 50 lbs, kneeling, climbing, crawling, and twisting safely, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work in varied indoor and outdoor conditions which may include heat, cold, dust, loud noise, etc., with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including a respirator.
  • Ability to work in elevated areas (4 feet and above).
  • Must be able to operate machinery and/or industrial equipment.
  • Ability to work overtime including weekends, holidays, or different shifts with advance notice.
  • Forklift certified.
  • Prior experience in production related work.

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