Cargill Operations Technician in Wahpeton, North Dakota

Operations Technician

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


This full time position is located in Wahpeton, North Dakota; however please expect receiving calls from a 952 number in case you are considered. Relocation assistance is not provided.

Operation Technicians are directly involved with processing corn, our raw material, into sweeteners and feed products. Technicians will work in teams in one of the following areas: Mill, Refinery, and Utilities.

The facility runs 24 hours per day. 365 days per year. Technicians are required to work a 12-hour rotating shift (7:00 am – 7:00 pm or 7:00 pm – 7:00 am), which will include weekends and some holidays. During plant start-ups employees may be expected to work additional hours beyond the normal schedule as required and may participate in classroom type training prior to start-up phase. Additional hours will be required for safety & team meetings and other necessary training.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Able to work 12-hour shift rotation, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.

  • Work on-call as assigned.

  • Process monitoring and control.

  • Product sampling analysis.

  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of process equipment and instrumentation.

  • Procedures, policies and practices adherence and development.

  • Permit completion and coordination.

  • Assist in assuring efficiency of operation of equipment, quality of product, and safety of all personnel.

Other responsabilities:

  • Operate all plant equipment, Plant sanitation via normal/high pressure water hose or shoveling/material handling.

  • Collect physical samples from plant areas and analyze with laboratory equipment/chemicals.

  • Safe work practices including lockout/tagout, fall protection, permitting process and behavioral observations.

  • Loading of products into rail cars or trucks, and offloading of chemicals by rail, truck or tote.

  • Getting along and working with others.

  • Handling stress/pressure.

  • Operation all plant rolling stock including Rail movers, pay-loader, bobcat, forklift, scissors lift and skyjack.

  • Work days and nights, holidays and weekends.

  • Required to cover open vacancies on other teams and carry a pager when needed.

  • Multi-tasking, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.

  • Work with diverse/multi-trade and craft workgroups.

  • Be accountable for your actions.

  • Strive to be a zero injury culture, proficient in hazard recognition (W.H.A.T).

  • Develop yourself to become a leader.

  • Participate in team roles and discussions; and function as a working member of a high-performance work team.

  • Follow leadership direction and department/company policies.

Technician responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • Monitoring and controlling the various unit operations via the process control system, checking product quality and progress.

  • Performing quality checks on raw materials, intermediate process streams, and finished products, using a variety of laboratory equipment.

  • Performing verification and validation tasks associated with on-line instruments and control systems.

  • Unloading raw material, loading finished products (trucks, railcars, etc), and controlling inventory in order to satisfy both internal and external customer needs.

  • Performing a variety of preventive/planned basic maintenance tasks on plant systems and equipment. Also being directly involved with improvement of these systems and the equipment.

  • Problem analysis and solution implementation on short term operational deviations and longer term plant needs.

  • Being responsible for the safety, food safety, sanitation, and hygiene conditions as a member of an area team, including necessary clean up and proper handling of the product and production equipment.

In addition to these areas, the Operations Technician will have an opportunity to participate with others in many different specialty tasks and projects. A few examples might include participation on the Safety committee or quality improvement teams. The plant is a large manufacturing facility and technicians will be subject to performing tasks working under varying temperature extremes, some physical labor, dealing with heights, handling of chemicals, exposure to dust, some tasks that require use of a respirator, and working around a wide variety of continuous process equipment.



  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.

  • Cargill requires that employees be a minimum of 18 years old to work in a production facility.

  • Must be able to read/write English.

  • High School diploma or Equivalent.

  • Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping, climbing ladders, open/close valves, shoveling, pounding with hammer and work in confined spaces.

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

  • Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.

  • Ability to work in elevated areas.

  • Must be able to operate machinery.

  • Must be able to operate heavy equipment.

  • Ability to work overtime.

  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts.


  • Basic computer skills.

  • Forklift certified.

  • Prior experience in production related work.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Primary Location US-ND-Wahpeton

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: WAH00249