Yard Operator

LocationWinnebago, Minnesota
DepartmentShipping and Receiving
Reports ToYard Supervisor
Position Overview

This position is responsible for ensuring that products are shipped and received within quality and regulation specifications in a safe and efficient manner in both ethanol loading and grain receiving area.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Comply with all Company health and safety, environmental, and quality policies and regulatory requirements
  • Responsible for documenting and maintaining accurate records
  • Communicate to carriers and provide direction on vehicle position for loading and unloading
  • Operate mobile rail car mover, and maintain a clean, clear, and safe rail line including switches
  • Responsible for the completion of all safety permit processing and lock out-tag out within area
  • Report process and equipment deviations, and work to troubleshoot, accurately record incidents and actions for the detection and correction of operational problems
  • Actively monitor equipment and assist in the preventative maintenance program by visually inspecting equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions, repairs, adjustments or lubrication
  • Ensure safe storage, handling, and shipping of all food and feed ingredients, and compliance with FEMAS and other relevant food and feed safety requirements
  • Area specific requirements for Shipping and Receiving Operator, finished product Loading and grain receiving:
    • Responsible for the safe and efficient unloading of corn and shipping of dried and wet distiller grains by truck and rail cars
    • Monitor and maintain inventory levels of corn, DDG and DWG
    • Monitor ethanol levels within tank farm in preparation for and during loading
    • Complete proper documentation required on all shipments in/out of plant
    • Inspect loaders, railcar mover, etc. for defects, cracks, breaks, tires, etc. according to the designated schedule issued by maintenance and document the inspection results. Maintain rolling stock to include loaders, railcar mover, skid steer, by checking fluid levels, greasing, lubrication and re- fueling. Assist with the maintenance and repair of shipping and receiving equipment when necessary
    • Receive and maintain certification for Rolling Stock
    • Maintain ethanol load out and truck buildings
    • Housekeeping as related, but not limited to the cleanliness and orderly organization of the grain handling area, DDG barn and plant snow removal
    • Operate skid steerer for moving material and area clean-up
    • Assist all departments with loading, unloading and general duties
    • Other duties may be assigned to accomplish the safe and timely day-to-day operations
  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of housekeeping and recommending 6S opportunities for facility
  • Participate in continuous improvement initiatives, including Root Cause Analysis, HAZOP, and design review
  • Other duties and responsibilities aligned to business objectives and in support of our core principles.
Skills & Qualifications
  • High school diploma, with a minimum of three to five years of relevant work experience is preferred
  • Preference will be given to those having post-secondary education in a technical field
  • Previous experiences in the safety permit process and lock out-tag out procedures would be an asset
  • Quality and customer service focus, with an ability to build positive and professional rapport with customers
  • Strong organizational skills paired with the ability to manage multiple priorities with competing demands
  • Focused individual who maintains safety standards while working to achieve quality and shipping targets.
  • Demonstrate commitment to safety, environmental practices, production targets, and quality standards
  • Team-oriented individual with effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate across departments
  • Self-motivated and forward-thinking individual who is able to self-direct workload and priorities, and acts to create efficiencies and resolve issues within their scope of responsibility
  • Dedicated to business objectives and continuous improvement through adaptability, innovation, and agility
  • Possesses Company values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Commitment coupled with the ability to accept and drive change.