Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

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Pilot plant technician provides a sanitary environment for the production of food products; and maintain the pilot plant in a condition that meets cGMP, FDA, CDPH, and other pertinent regulations.

Pilot Plant Technician Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective pilot plant technician job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included pilot plant technician job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Prepares and operates experimental, prototype or production equipment
Performs quality testing
Maintains record of run conditions and quality test results
Pipe fitting, tubing connections, equipment
Maintain a high sense of urgency and speed in delivering customer samples
Maintain a parts inventory for the assigned pilot plant equipment to be ready when needed
Demonstrate a sense of ownership for the pilot plant assets and strong teamwork with co-workers
Become the equipment expert and the "Go To" person for assigned assets when equipment/process/computer interface modifications are proposed
Demonstrate the highest level of safety and consideration for others working in the pilot plant when operating polymerization equipment
Work independently, developing, planning and executing day-to-day equipment operations and maintenance as established in the standard operating procedures

Pilot Plant Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Pilot Plant Technician

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Education for Pilot Plant Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the pilot plant technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and High School Degree in Technical, Associates, Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing, Process Technology, Biology

Skills for Pilot Plant Technician

Desired skills for pilot plant technician include:

Factory type equipment operations
MS Office applications
Different types of food manufacturing areas
Food manufacturing
Food production
Laboratory and pilot scale equipment in the Food
Pharmaceutical Sector Experience working in a Good Manufacturing Practices environment
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Office
Scheduling and maintenance

Desired experience for pilot plant technician includes:

Shift work will be required and/or weekend work (rare, but possible)
Multi-story stair climbing, ladder climbing, heavy lifting up to 50 pounds, manual pipe fitting, equipment assembly
A pre-employment physical / fitness test will be required as a condition of employment
Provide process and sample data to sample owners in a timely fashion
Maintain clear and concise records of the pilot plant operations
Support of scale-up of processes to manufacturing when appropriate

Pilot Plant Technician Examples

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Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a pilot plant technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for pilot plant technician
  • Review procedures and batch records, and make suggestions for improvements
  • Run process efficiently with minimal supervision and takes immediate action when confronted with a problem or when made aware of a situation
  • Puts new knowledge, understanding or skills to practical use on the job
  • Values multiple perspectives and ideas, accepts input and feedback from all levels
  • Candidates may work with chemicals, powders, adhesives, and syrups in the processes for cleaning
  • Operate reactors, filters and dryers
  • Contributing to an environment where safety is a top priority
  • Working both independently and collaboratively to accomplish objectives
  • Building, operating, and maintaining laboratory and pilot scale equipment
  • Working with various chemicals and hydrocarbons
Qualifications for pilot plant technician
  • Demonstrated technical hands-on interests
  • Knowledge of cGMP requirements
  • Ability to accommodate flexible schedule as some activities may require occasional support outside normal hours
  • Associate degree in a scientific field
  • Safe handling and accurate measurement of all chemical ingredients
  • Interfacing with control systems to ensure required process conditions are met
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Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of pilot plant technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for pilot plant technician
  • Documenting experimental results in an Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Working shift work on a rotating basis (including 12 hour nights, weekends and holidays)
  • Develops in-depth knowledge of and experience with technical methods coupled with some understanding of applicable scientific principles
  • Work independently with little or no supervision to meet daily objectives
  • Provide leadership in a team environment that supports the needs of the business units and pilot plant
  • Help develop the skills of less experienced technicians, new hires, and temporary staff
  • Have basic knowledge of most of the processing equipment in the pilot plant in terms of set up, operation and clean up, and demonstrate expertise in at least one area to support the needs of the business units
  • Use technical experience to drive innovation and communicate more efficient processes and procedures
  • Collect data, interpret it, and communicate observations to the Research Scientists and Engineers
  • Write Standard Operating Procedures for equipment or processing lines
Qualifications for pilot plant technician
  • Reviewing, updating, and occasionally writing operating procedures & JSA's
  • Demonstrates ability to focus and clearly communicate ideas, issues or problem and communicates results of work in an impactful way
  • Travel to plants and co-packers to assist Research Scientists and Engineers or work independently
  • Work with the maintenance department to ensure completion of preventative maintenance, calibration, repairs, modifications, and fabrication of equipment in your area
  • Systematically recognizes priorities (differentiating between urgent, important and less important) and automatically adjusts work plans / schedules accordingly
  • Identify and recommend capital needs for the pilot plant
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Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a pilot plant technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for pilot plant technician
  • Acts as facility representative
  • Support product developers and scientist for all B/U
  • Perform operation of the Post Scheduling Tracking System, to include the inventory of equipment all pilot plants, adding /deleting all employees who schedule trials, and scheduling each pilot plant trial daily along with checking to ensure a HACCP plan is in place
  • Inventory supply and re-order as needed
  • Conduct inventories of all Pilot Plant Services, Ingredients, Packaging Material, and supplies and re-order as necessary
  • Record cross charges to B/U's for material use
  • Submit work orders to operations group to repair equipment
  • Maintain cleanliness of all pilot plants, coolers, freezers, ingredient storage, and weigh up room
  • Set up, operate, and maintain pilot plant equipment utilizing mechanical skills troubleshooting ability
  • Reliably execute regular tasks including raw materials transfer, extrusion line setup, startup and control, sheeting line adjustment, sheet handling, instrumentation setup and calibration, sampling and sample analysis, data collection, other extrusion related duties and run/test report writing
Qualifications for pilot plant technician
  • Characterization activities may include conducting tests, experiments, data recording, analytical test equipment setup and operation
  • Activities supporting Product Delivery may include managing material inventory, material submissions for characterization, and collecting and analyzing data
  • Initiative - Must be a self-starter and able to work independently to produce quality results, overcome obstacles (resources, timing, ) and develop effective action plans to complete projects
  • Teamwork - Must have good people skills and must be a team player
  • Learning – Must seek opportunities to develop skill sets in equipment operation / troubleshooting and improve overall individual performance
  • Minimum of one (1) year of combined experience working in a manufacturing, pilot plant, and/or laboratory environment
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Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a pilot plant technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for pilot plant technician
  • Supporting the Food and Packaging Technologists for pilot plant trials and development activities
  • Managing and continuously improving the raw materials and finished food storage facility and associated systems
  • Supporting the training programme for pilot plant usage including food hygiene, HACCP and processing equipment
  • Owning GMP and ensure cleaning and hygiene programmes are carried out
  • Supporting all aspects of safety in the pilot plant, including audits and maintaining safety standards to an appropriate level
  • Liaising with our courier service providers - DHL and Expeditors
  • Ensuring pilot plant is maintained to an appropriate standard
  • Supporting the Food and Packaging Technology teams by raising Purchase Orders for product trials through our online system
  • Receive, review, and understand Test request specifications to accurately produce product
  • Ensure product meets quality specifications which include visual inspection and removal of any non-tobacco related material (NTRM) from production processes, documenting and reporting results to QA
Qualifications for pilot plant technician
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety in the job environment
  • Ability to execute designed experiments troubleshoot and make corrections during experimentation
  • One-Year Technical Degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Must be able to work in food allergen areas (Peanut, Tree Nuts, Dairy, Egg)
  • 2-3 years experience in a production environment, preferably in the food industry
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification preferably in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemical Engineering
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Pilot Plant Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of pilot plant technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for pilot plant technician
  • Perform change over cleaning checklist, adhering to work instruction requirements
  • Adhere to Safety and ISO policies and procedures
  • Performs general maintenance and cleaning of Primary production equipment
  • Receive, review, and understand tests specifications to accurately receive and supply materials for tests executions
  • Ensure finished products are accurately accounted for and entered into the appropriate application
  • Receive and issue materials to Secondary for production of finished goods
  • Work closely with the tax department, to ensure proper receipt, issue and shipment of all products
  • Perform general maintenance and cleaning of areas within Finished Goods and Material storage areas
  • Utilize and demonstrate process knowledge and skills to make improvements in pilot plant performance and operating discipline
  • Demonstrates a high degree of competence in operational troubleshooting and data analysis
Qualifications for pilot plant technician
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related Science field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, teamwork, collaboration, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to pass a mechanical aptitude assessment
  • Minimum technical degree (current technicians have degrees in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Associate level engineering technician)
  • Minimum of one (1) year of combined experience in a manufacturing, pilot plant, and/or lab environment
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and problem solving / analysis skills to operate and troubleshoot equipment improve processes

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