Lead Distillation Operator


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Located in Bend, OR

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Where You Get to Live!

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What You Get to Do!

The Lead Distillation Operator will control continuous state-of-the-art distillation equipment to process crude extract into high quality distillates:

  • Verify distillation safety - Verify levels in feed tanks and collection vessels; ensure safety of distillation activities; ensure compliance to legal regulations.
  • Monitor distillation process - Identify and report problems or potential hazards by monitoring instruments, indicators and meters. Inspect piping, valves; tighten connections if necessary.
  • Transfer crude oil extract - Prepare specific volumes of refined and unrefined materials for storage; transfer materials that require further processing.
  • Keep task records - Organize and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
  • Clean Still and associated equipment - Clean tanks, process piping, production area; use tools such as heat gun, wipes, cleaning solutions.
  • Maintain distillation equipment - Maintain and repair equipment, including vacuum pumps, heaters and chillers; identify and report damaged or malfunctioning equipment.
  • Use computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by Plant Manager, create computer files or documents.
  • Operate distillation equipment - Operate controls and other distillation equipment in order to monitor and adjust product flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  • Prepare crude oil feedstock for distillation by warming, weighing, transfer to feed tank.
  • Collect, weigh distillate and byproducts, transfer to appropriate containers, store in assigned locations.
  • Set equipment controls - Adjust equipment controls to produce required volumes and required product quality. Take into account lab recommendations, schedules and test results. 

What You Will Need:

  • A minimum of one year of distillation experience of crude oil (ethanol) extract, working knowledge of short-path, wiped-film, and/or rolled-film distillation systems 
  • Two or more years of supervisory experience in an industrial/production setting
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Engineering or a related field preferred. Willing to consider significant experience in lieu of degree. 
  • Superior time management skills including the ability to manage multiple issues concurrently and the ability to lead an effective and efficient meeting.
  • Exposure to a fast paced and deadline-related environment is preferred.
  • Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, and techniques with demonstrated professional competence.
  • Experience complying with GMP and applicant industrial workplace safety regulations (OSHA, NFPA, etc) 
  • Excellent critical thinking skills to troubleshoot any issues with the processes and instrumentation.
  • Strong math and computer skills, including ability to create and interpret data.
  • Criminal background check

To Apply:

For confidential consideration, please submit resume to: emma.bracken@expresspros.com


Express Office: Bend
61379 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
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