A feed mill operator handles receiving, conveying, and mixing to create feed as orders are made.
They also keep track of inventory to ensure smooth feed production, which involves sourcing raw materials.
What responsibilities do feed mill operators have?
In addition to the above responsibilities, feed mill operators also have to do the following:
- Prioritize making feed based on needs
- Inspecting received ingredients for quality
- Monitor product quality and production schedules
- Perform routine maintenance and repairs on mill equipment
- Cleaning in accordance of OSHA standards
- Operating the mill to blend ingredients as needed
- Monitoring storage conditions to prevent spoilage or insect infestations
How to become a feed mill operator
A high school diploma along with the ability to read blueprints and drawings.
The job can also be quite physical moving heavy containers up to 50 lbs and standing for prolonged amounts of time.
It’s not unheard of for a bachelors degree in feed/grain science to be a requirement.
Feed mill operator positions can be found in animal feed processing plants and large commercial feed mills.
Job openings can also be found in other businesses that require large amounts of feed like zoos or livestock farms.
In general, there are a lot of ways for a feed mill operator to advance their career into managing production.
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