Technician - Process and Utilities
Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC - Gramercy, LA

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The operations technician’s role is to work within a Team to operate an assigned area of responsibility in the plant to safely meet the production requirements of their assigned shift and contribute to the development of the operation of the team as a unit.

Technicians are responsible for:
• producing the required output during their shift
• protecting the quality integrity of the product at all stages of production and loading
• Controlling the cost of operations including the use of processing aids, energy, and equipment repair.
• optimizing the useful life of equipment
• learning multiple skills (skill blocks) and rotating through those blocks to maintain proficiency
• acquiring new skills as required by changes in technology, regulations, and team development
• attending and actively participating in meetings and training during shifts and on non-scheduled days or times
• effectively communicating with coworkers in all areas of the plant and all shifts
• discussing performance of other team members to provide praise and to address inadequate performance
• making suggestions for improvements
• implementing changes in operations or team behaviors
• working overtime as required
• maintaining satisfactory attendance
• Technicians are responsible for following all safety procedures, acting safely themselves, requiring coworkers to act safely at all times, and actively participate in Safety meetings and programs such as behavior based safety observations.
• Technicians are responsible for understanding required parameters for their area of responsibility, anticipating possible deviations from required conditions, and taking corrective action in a timely manner to correct deviations.
• Technicians are expected to “troubleshoot” problems and propose and implement solutions within their degree of expertise. Problems beyond the ability of the technician to handle are to be brought to the attention of the team leader.
• Technicians are responsible for reading and understanding safety procedures, safety data sheets, job instruction materials, standard operating procedures, equipment manuals, process flow diagrams, work orders, safety permits, company memos, training materials for team development, product specifications, order forms, etc.
• Technicians also perform minor maintenance repairs and lubrication on equipment such a pumps and bearings and assist skilled maintenance technicians during shutdowns.
• Operates production or utility equipment which may include the following, depending upon the area of operations the team member is assigned to:
o Pumps
o Motors
o sugar storage bins
o sugar melter
o centrifuges
o clarifiers
o filters
o decolorizers
o evaporators
o vacuum pans
o recovery pans
o dryers
o silos
o screens
o scales
o railcar mover
o gas boilers
o water treatment equipment
o steam turbines
o waste treatment ponds
o testing equipment for sample analysis
o computer control system
• Repairs equipment and uses a wide variety of tools for that purpose which may include:
o hand tools of all sorts (wrenches, screwdrivers, drills, grinders, etc.)
o shop tools including lathe, mill, drill press, bender, shear, etc.
o basic electrical test equipment (voltmeter, meg, etc.)
• Required to make notations or entries on shift logs
Knowledge and Experience
• High School diploma or GED
• 2 year Technical Degree a plus
• Minimum of three years prior work experience
• Knowledge or experience in sugar processing desired

Skills and Abilities
• read and write English at least at the 8th grade level
• perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, use fractions and decimals, and to find answers using given formulas
• possess basic computer skills such as keyboarding, email, Windows, navigation and functionalities.
• read and interpret diagrams for process flows and equipment construction
• understand principles of process and mechanical equipment in their operation.
• learn new information at no less than an average speed
• communicate clearly when expressing ideas and conveying information both orally and in writing
• understand the communications of others both oral and written
• organize and express information in a systematic and logical way
• maintain composure during stressful events.
• Pay attention to details and complete assignments thoroughly
• Understand and carryout written and oral instructions and procedures.
• collaborate and assist others; be flexible in one’s position on an issue
• take the initiative to do what is required for a successful outcome
• accept personal responsibility for one’s actions
• work shifts of 12 hours and overtime as required with reliable attendance.
• Apply logical thinking to solve routine and non routine problems.
• Adapt to changes in technology, policies, procedures, and social systems.

This is a food processing plant environment. Exposure to high temperatures, moving machinery, moving equipment, chemicals, noises, heights, and confined spaces is involved.

Rotating shift schedule
• Job family (1) technicians work a 12 hour rotating shift schedule

• Wear and understand function of protective safety equipment
• Sit, stand, walk for extended periods
• Use hand tools
• Speak and communicate verbally with others
• Hear others and sounds from production machinery and warning alarms
• Utilize computer keyboard, see monitors
• Climb to heights above 30 feet
• Enter confined spaces
• Lift 50 lbs.

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