JOB TITLE: Chitofining Line Operator

REPORTS TO: GM of Operations 

STATUS: non-exempt 

SALARY RANGE: $34.00-$43.00/hour based on experience & qualifications

LOCATION: Bellingham, WA

BENEFITS: Medical, dental and vision insurance, optional FSA, 401(k) with employer match, life and AD&D insurance, Employee Assistance Program, short & long term disability, tuition reimbursement, 21.67 days of Paid Time Off + 10 holidays.

Tidal Vision:

We believe that sustainability should not require customers to compromise on price, convenience, or performance. Our mission is to create positive and systemic environmental impact by making our biopolymer solutions cost competitive, more convenient, and better performing than the synthetic chemicals we displace. We value innovation and take pride in challenging the status-quo; we choose to view obstacles as opportunities. We value new ideas and encourage the team to apply creativity and invent new solutions to meet challenging demands. We value open, direct communication and foster a collaborative working environment through our unique approach to work culture. We value our employees and demonstrate that through our compensation and benefits programs and opportunities for growth and development. 

Job Summary: 

The Chitofining Line Operator is responsible for safely operating and maintaining Tidal Vison’s entire flakeline production process. The ideal candidate will be well versed in safety procedures, operated on a production line from start to finish, have an understanding for mechanical repairs including pumps, motors, valves, etc. Be extremely organized and able to communicate effectively.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Must be comfortable working around and with hazardous chemicals (including proper storage and handling)
  • Operate safely by wearing & maintaining PPE at all times, including working in accordance with state, federal, and local safety and quality guidelines 
  • Routinely conduct safety checks of all operating systems; able to troubleshoot issues with production  
  • Must be familiar, or show aptitude, with operating an entire production line via a HMI control panel
  • Must be familiar, or show aptitude, with starting up and operating a boiler, cooling system, evaporator system and dryer in a manual condition or via automation 
  • Has the ability to understand and memorize the production lines Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) 
  • Must have a high level of mechanical aptitude (will be working on pumps, motors, valves, boiler, evaporator system, etc.)
  • Must be proactive in continuous improvement of processes, product quality, etc.
  • Support QA/QC testing and documenting results (including recording data and related tasks)
  • Maintain the equipment and cleanliness of the production line assigned
  • Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and quality work
  • Demonstrate initiative with the ability to perform daily duties with little oversight
  • Report accidents, safety violations, or other concerns

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Mechanical knowledge, ability to troubleshoot and repair system  
  • High safety awareness
  • 1-3 years of operation on a production line, or related experience
  • Computer literacy is a must (email, docs, inputting data, etc.) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Hazwoper 40 and OSHA 10 certification  
  • Forklift certification 
  • Technical education 

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Work is performed within Tidal Vision’s warehouse. This position will be expected and required to follow safety standards and wear all personal protective equipment in designated areas and while on-site. Physical ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds is required. Hiring is conditional upon background check.

Licensing & Special Requirements

  • Incumbent is subject to a background check

Tidal Vision provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

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