• Oven Operator

    Job Locations US-CA-Visalia
    Posted Date 2 months ago(2 months ago)
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  • Overview

    This is a mid-level position responsible for safe and efficient operation the drying machine to ensure product compliance to established standards.  This position sets up, adjusts, maintains, and operates various pieces of computerized and manual equipment.  Strict compliance with the facility Food Safety and Quality Management System Policies, Procedures, and Work Instructions is required.


    • Observe flow of materials through equipment and listen for machine malfunctions (e.g. jamming or spillage).
    • Set temperature and time controls.
    • Light oven, burners, dryers, or Basting system and start equipment (e.g. conveyors, cylinders, blowers, dryers, or pumps).
    • Observe/Examine products during and after ovens and dryers processing in order to ensure conformance to standards.
    • Observe temperature/humidity/pressure gauges/product samples to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages.
    • Read work orders in order to determine quantities and types of products to be dried; with knowledge of products being produced.
    • Record production data, such as weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing.
    • Complete moisture and Water Activity testing forms to ensure product integrity.
    • Clean storeveyor and vertical bins after they have been emptied.
    • Responsible for housekeeping of the ovens and dryer areas (e.g. sweeping the floor, removing trash, cleaning the machine at the end of the shift, preparing for next shift’s production, and finalizing any paperwork in an accurate, clear, and concise manner).
    • Ensure the basting system is cleaned and flushed immediately after each use.
    • Clean equipment meticulously.
    • Report any food safety issue observed to manager/supervisor.
    • Report any security breaches, attempts at product tampering or contamination, or other suspicious behavior observed to manager/supervisor.
    • Complete and comply with the Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS), Daily Routine List (DRL), HACCP procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Compliance.
    • Maintain a food-safe sanitary environment at all times.
    • Complete records/quality checks with accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Escalate any non-conforming product/equipment/material to the appropriate manager/supervisor immediately.
    • Follow Company’s quality assurance procedures and protocols at all times while on duty (eg. Labeling of containers, Inventory Control, PM programs).
    • Promote a positive proactive environment where input from team members is valued and encouraged.
    • Provide back-up support for other roles as necessary.
    • Available for overtime work on a scheduled or call-in basis, as necessary.
    • Other duties as assigned by the manager/supervisor.


    • A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to communicate in English effectively verbally and in written form.
    • Three (3) years’ experience in a manufacturing environment; experience in a food manufacturing environment is preferred.
    • Previous “hands on” machine operating experience.
    • Basic mechanical and math knowledge.


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