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Operations Technician


Koch Fertilizer, LLC is seeking a motivated and self-driven Operations Technician to join the operations and maintenance team at the Vernon Center, MN Anhydrous Ammonia Terminal with duties consisting of receipt of ammonia from truck, ammonia refrigeration & storage, ammonia heating & shipments. The successful candidate is going to have a mechanical or technical background as well as having a compliance mindset. The successful candidate will also perform documentation duties to assist the Terminal Leader in all aspects of compliance. Some travel will be required to allow for the completion of training and to support additional Koch Fertilizer, LLC sites.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Monitoring and operation of process equipment
  • Daily equipment inspections and process data collection
  • Management or completion of necessary maintenance tasks
  • Performing reliability-based equipment care tasks
  • Providing technical expertise to ensure optimized operations of the terminal to safely receive, store and ship NH3
  • Completing EH&S focused inspections and work preparation forms
  • Always working in a manner that ensures personal safety of self and environmental compliance

The Experience You Will Bring


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ability to understand procedures and safety & environmental risks associated with handling, shipping & storage of anhydrous ammonia
  • Valid driver's license or willingness and ability to obtain a driver's license within three months of employment
  • High School Diploma or GED

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 35lbs
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Ability to sit, stand or kneel as needed
  • Ability to climb stairs, ladders and work at heights of approximately 25-100ft
  • Unassisted physical mobility around a plant
  • Occasional exposure to fumes/airborne particles
  • Must be willing to work extended hours as required and be on a rotating 24 hour on-call schedule nights and weekends
  • Must live within 30 minutes of the terminal
  • Pass a pulmonary breathing test and wear a gas mask type respirator and full Level A PPE

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Experience or training in the installation, maintenance, operations and troubleshooting of electronic control and process systems
  • Experience or training in operations, troubleshooting, and repair of pumps, compressors, motors, and other rotating equipment
  • Previous management and supervisory skills
  • Experience working with chemical shipping & storage equipment or equivalent skills in a different industry, and the ability to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the equipment and ammonia refrigeration process
  • Instrumentation controls/electrical technician background
  • Two (2) years or more of experience in an ammonia terminal
  • Technical Certificate, and/or Associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field

Salary and Benefits Commensurate with Experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf

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