KAAPA ETHANOL HOLDINGS LLC   Ravenna, NE   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on November 9, 2020

Position: Operator

Department: Production

Reports To: Production Manager

Work Schedule: Rotating 12 hour shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays

Location: Ravenna, Nebraska

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Hourly or Salary: Hourly

Employment Status: Full-time                           


Job Summary

The Operator’s primary duties are ensuring the plant is running efficiently in the following areas: hammermills, boilers, centrifuges, distillation, dehydration, evaporation, cooling tower and methanator. 


KAAPA Ethanol Ravenna, LLC employee and team member

Essential Functions


  • Establish and maintain the highest integrity of KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC information.
  • Work with all employees and represent KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Comply with and follow all corporate guidelines.
  • Ensure a safe workplace by attending all safety meetings, following all safety policies, and strictly adhering to all standard precautions and practices established to reduce the potential of occupational exposures.
  • Practice the proper use and treatment of all KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC equipment and property.
  • Consult with the prior shift operators before beginning each shift including reviewing records and checking the current status.
  • Accurately and promptly complete all log books and other daily record keeping tasks.
  • Test and record findings on all required equipment as designated on the log sheet
  • Complete required tests and record information for the dryer, distillation, evaporation, boiler chemistry, dehydration, cook, fermentation, and yeast propagation.
  • Extract samples lab for analysis. (alcohol, syrup, etc.).
  • Check enzyme pumps every hour and check enzyme rates four times per shift, record or calibrate information as required.
  • Check and report the CIP tank strength before the end of each shift.
  • Visually inspect and clean fermenters each time they are emptied and CIP propagators on an as determined by management basis.
  • Report any discrepancies or variances to the crew chief as soon as you become aware of them.
  • Be aware of which grain bin is being filled and emptied.
  • Ensure all areas of the plant are orderly by cleaning the area after each job is completed.
  • Keep current on the status of all operating equipment in your section such as:
    • Water to pump seals
    • Oil in pump glasses
    • Vibration of pumps or motors
    • Levels in critical tanks
    • Evaporator
    • Distillation
    • Listening for unusual noises
  • Keep informed on hazardous conditions of any kind, including:
    • Bases-caustic, ammonia
    • Acids-sulfuric, sulfamic, phosphoric
    • High pressure and/or temperatures (I.E.: steam, condensate, distillate, syrup, thin stillage)
    • Grabbing of hot samples-cook area, cip
    • Use of hot water-flush water, steam
    • Chemical barrel wash-versene, antifoam, Bleach
    • Process equipment- couplers, mixers
    • Chemical spill containment-acid, caustic
    • Additional area as identified by safety committee members
  • Participate in cross-training opportunities to expand skills and knowledge at KAAPA Ethanol Ravenna, LLC.
  • Assist other operators in loading DWGS trucks as yard traffic dictates additional help. 
  • Assist other operators in loading railcars and alcohol trucks and unloading denaturant as required.
  • Other duties not listed herein, but which need to be accomplished to maintain safe and timely day-to-day operations within the plant.


Qualifications & Skills

Education, License and/ or Certification:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Valid driver’s license in the state of Nebraska required and insurable with KAAPA Ethanol, LLC vehicle insurance policy

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of grain handling systems is preferred

Communication Skills:

  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English
  • Knowledge of railcars or trackmobile beneficial

Computer Skills:

  • Basic computer experience



Physical & Work Environment

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to exert up to 75 lbs. of force occasionally, up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and up to 35 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.
  • Frequent moderate lifting, pulling, pushing, climbing and carrying
  • Requires both simple and firm grasping and some fine manipulating
  • Ability to distinguish most colors but specifically the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue

Work Environment:

  • Indoors and outdoors with exposure to extreme temperatures and proper personal protective equipment where applicable.


KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC maintains a Drug Free Workplace and employees must pass a physical, eye examination, and drug/alcohol test prior to employment.