This position requires responsibility for the monitoring all aspects of product chemistry throughout production and on final product.
The position reports to the Quality Control Supervisor. No employees report to the position.
Approximately four weeks on-the-job training is necessary to become proficient in the operation of the FT2, CEM/Smart Trac, salt analyzer, pH meter, and babcock testing.
The Cheese Technician must be able to communicate effectively in relaying analysis information to management as well as cheese production employees. The incumbent will identify sub-standard chemistry of cheese and in-process samples. The Cheese Technician must be able to lift moderate weights. The position holder is also required to stand/walk throughout the shift.
Understand the requirements of the position and successfully demonstrate proficiency in the job specific JTPRs (Job Training Progress Reports).
This position is responsible and accountable to ensure product meets food safety and quality requirements by following the Food Safety Plan, Quality Plan and company policies.
Knowledge and Skills
A minimum of 18 years old; must be able to read, write and speak the English language in order to understand/adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), to communicate effectively with others, to complete required documentation both in written and electronic form, and to troubleshoot systems utilizing the English language. Must have the ability to: perform essential job functions; wear required personal protective equipment; comply with all applicable safety practices; maintain a clean work area; complete written reports; perform basic and intermediate mathematical calculations; enter data into and pull data from computer systems. Must possess considerable problem-solving ability in dealing with equipment or troubleshooting when supervision is not readily available for consultation
The Quality Technician must be able to perform basic mathematical functions in order to understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) on test methods and Corporate QC manuals.
Education and Experience
Must have an understanding of basic chemistry or biology, and basic lab equipment and testing through on the job experience, or through high school or college coursework.
Prefer 2 years of work experience in similar type positions. Experience in instrumentation operation and troubleshooting in a manufacturing environment; experience with computers and programs; experience with aseptic technique and sample pulling.