Dryer Operator

Job Locations US-CA-Visalia
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/1/2023 5:58 PM)
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Perfection Pet Foods, LLC (PPF) is a leading manufacturer and packager of private label and co-manufactured pet food and pet snack products.


State of the art manufacturing facility
Highly capable and versatile
High meat, Meat First, Super Premium diets
Soft-Moist pieces and traditional dry brown dog and cat kibble



Up to $20/hr. starting pay (depending on experience)

Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Plan, and 401K w/ up to 4% Company Match (Medical plan is supplemented with HRA Benny card, funded by company, to pay for out of pocket medical expenses)
Vacation Pay, Sick Pay, Holiday Pay, Birthday Pay
Up to $2/hr Production Bonus


Great pay.
Growing and Innovative Company


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


  • Observe flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage.
  • Set temperature and time controls; light oven, burners, dryers, or roasters; and start equipment, such as conveyors, cylinders, blowers, dryers or pumps.
  • Observe, feel or otherwise examine products during and after drying processing in order to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, product samples, and adjust controls, such as thermostats and valves, in order to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages.
  • Transfer product from dryer to fat coating system then into storage bins.
  • Read work orders in order to determine quantities and types of products to be dried.
    • Must have 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 NRI testing form to ensure product integrity.
    • Use basic measuring tools to measure and weigh fat.
  • Clear dislodge blockages in bins, screens, using poles, brushes, mallets, or other similar equipment.
  • Responsible for housekeeping of the drying machine and plant area (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).
  • 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’ related experience in a manufacturing environment; experience in a food manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Previous “hands on” machine operating experience.


  • Basic computer skills (touch screen).
  • Basic mechanical and math knowledge.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Attention to see detail and a commitment to quality.
  • Receives direction well, open to feedback and does not have a problem submitting to authority

Physical Requirments

  • Continuously stand and walk throughout the day.
  • Regularly lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift objects weighing greater than 50 pounds.
  • Regularly climb ladders and occasionally work at heights of 100 feet.


  • Regularly exposed to work near moving parts/equipment.
  • Regularly exposed to major amounts of dust.
  • Regularly exposed to a moderate to severe noise levels.
  • Regularly exposed to outdoor/uncontrolled weather conditions.
  • Occasionally exposed to chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Note:  Valid Driver’s License required for insurance purposes. Plant Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of this position at any time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements, which may change from time to time based on business needs.  When appropriate, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job


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