Meat Processing Operator

Meat Processing Operator

Diamond Pet Foods is a leading manufacturer of high-quality pet food products, known for its commitment to providing nutritious and safe food for pets. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Meta, Missouri, the company produces a variety of pet foods under several brands, including Diamond, Diamond Naturals, and Taste of the Wild. Diamond Pet Foods emphasizes the use of premium ingredients and adheres to safety standards, ensuring that their products meet the dietary needs of pets while maintaining their health and well-being.

Job Description :

The Extrusion/Meat Processing Operator is responsible for producing pet food kibble according to precise specifications and managing product changeovers with minimal downtime. Key duties include performing routine maintenance on equipment, troubleshooting quality issues, and ensuring consistent production standards. This role requires attention to detail, technical proficiency, and the ability to maintain high efficiency in a fast-paced environment.

Primary Responsibilities :

  1. Operate extruding machinery and perform routine adjustments and changeovers in minimal time.
  2. Responsible for determining and regulating feed, fat, and water rates.
  3. Perform routine maintenance on the machinery and troubleshoot minor operating issues.
  4. Differentiate product die plates and demonstrate capability to set up die plates and knife drive assemblies and disassembles for cleaning.
  5. Perform quality checks for product specifications including bulk density, piece size uniformity, moisture content, and nutrient content. As well as monitor the preconditioner temperature requirement.
  6. Responsible for changing screens in regrind mill, sharpening knives, and managing and loading waste tubs.
  7. Follow all safety protocols and procedures, as well as always wearing required PPE.
  8. Communicate with team members and supervisors to ensure efficient workflow.
  9. Keep work area clean and maintain assigned portion of master sanitation schedule.

Qualifications :

  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment process (drug screen, background check, and physical.)
  • Must be able to work in high temperatures and at an efficient pace.
  • Must accept temporary assignments while maintaining a professional and positive attitude.
  • Must work in a safe and professional manner and report all accidents to the supervisor immediately.

Compensation and Benefits :

  • Starting pay between $19.00/hour – $21.50/hour.
  • Benefits include 100% company paid medical premiums and no deductibles for in-network providers, yearly raises, 401K match, dental, vision, and more!
  • $500 referral bonus for each applicant hired that you referred.

How to Apply :

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Company Info

: Meta, MO

: $19-$21.50/hr

Job Location

103 Olive St, Meta, MO 65058

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