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Operator $19+ Weekends Off!

Company: balchem
Location: Whittemore
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Operator

LOCATION: Whittemore

DEPARTMENT: Production

FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt

STATUS: Full Time

BUSINESS SEGMENT: Human Nutrition & Health

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

DATE UPDATED: 09/01/2021


Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $640 million and a market cap exceeding $3.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit


Operate and maintain spray dryer.


Coordinate with previous operator and Production Supervisor concerning the current/upcoming production run

Note any problems or idiosyncrasies of the product and go over special packaging requirements

Operate the dryer, using the proper cores and orifices to makes sure they are cleaned or replaced when necessary

Check spray patterns a minimum of three (3) times per hour and make corrections in order to avoid excessive buildup in the dryer

Make sure all of the production equipment is in good working order, clean the high-pressure pump, drop points and inline filters so there is an even and consistent flow of slurry to the dryer

Oversee the blending ang bagging operations on your shift

Re-tare the bagging scale every hour and check bag/drum weights every hour while making sure packaging materials, labels, stencils, etc. are correct

Check all blends for proper ingredients and weights

Ensure the blender always has adequate amount of product available for drying

Pull samples of finished product from each pallet and check them for proper moisture content, color and consistency

Log dryer readings and product moisture on dryer report sheets and in Operator's book noting any downtime or problems that may have occurred

Oversee the cleaning and sweeping of the dryer and bag house/cyclones after a production run

Make sure all the paperwork pertaining to the finished run is completed and initialed by the Bagger and Operator

Other duties as needed


Education/Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent preferred and previous experience as a bagger and a blender in the present manufacturing environment.

Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, and Abilities, etc.: Must be able to move 50 to 75 pounds with consistency.

Working Conditions: Loud environment with exposure to powder and heavy equipment in a manufacturing atmosphere.

Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.


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