Chattanooga TN
Full Time


Chattanooga TN

Manufacturing Associate - Utility Operator 

Your role: 

As a Manufacturing Associate – Utility Operator, you will be responsible for maintaining the sanitary condition of the facility and to be skilled up in 2 operating positions in the plant to build bench strength and to fill in for those positions when vacant for various reasons. People who successfully adapt to the work environment, job duties and safety culture of Ardent Mills will be considered for promotion into other roles as they become available 

To succeed, you must be able to: 

  • Perform duties and deliver results in new situations while adhering to safety and food safety policies without compromising the team’s values.   

  • Serve others with understanding, respect, and care.  

  • Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency.  

  • Deal with and drive change.  

  • Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines.  

  • Learn and apply new technology and share your knowledge with others.  

Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner. 

Your responsibilities: 

  • Routine cleaning of floors, equipment, roofs and outside grounds in any department there is a need. 

  • Specialized cleaning tasks such as bin cleaning, sifter work, filter sock changes, IPM equipment clean-outs. 

  • Special duties assigned by management. 

  • Basic process maintenance. 

  • Get cross-trained in at least two different operator jobs. 

  • Responsible for understanding and following all personnel and equipment safety policies; Sanitation policies; following all Business Unit policies and procedures. 

Essential skills and experience: 

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. 

  • Proficient in computer tools including email and spreadsheets. 

  • Proficient in English both written and verbally.  

Good to have: 

  • At least one year of manufacturing or plant operations experience.  


Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation): 

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and exert 20 pounds of force.  

  • Able to work in a dusty environment and wear respiratory protection.  

  • Able to work in hot and cold conditions.   

  • Ascend and Descend stairs throughout the facility. 

  • Climb step and extension ladders as well as on top of rail cars (if necessary).   

  • Wear the required PPE.  


Other considerations: 

  • Must be willing to accept accountability and work well in a team.  

  • Must be willing and able to work 1st (0700 – 1500) – 2nd (1500 – 2300) or 3rd shift (2300 – 0700), weekends, Holidays, 7-day weeks, and opposing shifts when needed. 

  • Must be willing to get cross-trained in at least one other position for development within the facility and to provide any relief duties as needed. 

Ardent Mills is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills. 


Chattanooga TN


1B Riverside Lane, Chattanooga TN, 37406

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