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Biodiesel Operator in DeForest, WI at REG

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

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Job Description


The purpose of this job is to assist in all tasks related to safely manufacturing and shipping high quality biodiesel in order to benefit internal and external customers of Renewable Energy Group (REG).   This position is divided into specific rotating job responsibilities, including loading and unloading liquid bulk tankcars and railcars, taking and analyzing samples throughout the process, and supporting plant operations by troubleshooting and assisting with pumps, filters, pipelines, valves, and instruments.  All technicians are subject to rotation and are expected to be able to perform all job tasks. 


Safety, Loss Control & Environmental responsibilities include the following:

  •   Utilizing the proper PPE to accomplish the job tasks
  •   Being aware and making management aware of potentially hazardous conditions
  •   Locating and correcting noticeable odors, leaks or visible emissions

Learn to operate the Biodiesel master control system. This includes operations of the main production control system as well as subsystems that support plant operations. 

Assist in load out and receiving functions, which include preparing trucks and rail cars for shipment and loading products (oil, process ingredients, and process chemicals) by rail and truck.

Learn to perform various quality control functions: for oil, biodiesel, glycerine, fatty acid, and water, visual inspection of all types of inventory, measuring physical inventory on a periodic basis, and operation of lab equipment including centrifuges, titrators, and filtering equipment.

Be able to safely operate powered industrial equipment like forklifts.

Learn to manufacture, package, and load specialty oil products and properly document work completed.

Perform weekly and monthly checklist of the rotating equipment and the fixed safety equipment such as fire monitors, fire extinguishers and hoses.

Keep an open line of communication between inside and outside operating personnel and advise supervision of all abnormalities.

Monitor operating equipment (pumps, valves, pressure/temperature readings, fans and chemical treatment systems) designed to control the variables of the water treatment systems.

Monitor operating equipment in the Biodiesel area.

Prepare equipment for mechanical repairs, clear, lockout/tagout and render assistance.

Perform minor mechanical repairs.

Manage hazardous waste as defined in 40 CFR Par 261.3.

Follow all safety guidelines regulated by REG, OSHA, or other regulatory agencies. 

Learn and assist with general facility maintenance and housekeeping, including equipment inspection and monitoring throughout the facility.

Perform other duties as assigned


Education required:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience required:

6-12 months general work experience preferred. Previous chemical processing or related experience preferred.

Skills required:

General knowledge of computers, basic mechanical and electrical skills, and attention to detail.


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