Process Operator – ICM Biofuels

Ring-Neck Energy & Feed, LLC

St. Joseph, MO


Entry-level position responsible for the operation of the plant, working a 12-hour rotating shift schedule to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the Company.





  • Perform all job duties of Grain Operator and backfill as needed.


  • Learn the ethanol process flow and the basic operation of all equipment necessary in the production of ethanol and co-products.  


  • Participate in the process training program to further plant and equipment knowledge.   Completion of this program is required for future promotion.


  • Maintain Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) records.


  • Complete all routine plant tasks as assigned in a timely manner, including fermenter and propagator additions, ethanol transfer, and loading and receiving bulk chemicals and co-products.


  • Understand and interpret QA/QC results and take appropriate action when required.


  • Participate in projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs.


  • Sample and test process streams as required by the QA/QC program and procedures.


  • Communicate directly with the Lead Ethanol Operator to report necessary maintenance and repair work in process areas.  Good communication with supervisor and peers is expected.


  • Perform preventive maintenance activities as required.


  • Assist maintenance technicians in performing maintenance and repairs.


  • Participate in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness and maintain Master Sanitation Schedule documentation.


  • Monitor inventories of process chemicals and supplies and replenish as needed.


  • Act as an authorized employee in ICM Biofuels’ Control of Hazardous Energy Program.


  • Responsible for production of safe feed and adherence to internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).




High school diploma or equivalent certificate required

Technical degree/certification preferred


Required Knowledge & Experience:      

Experience in operation of a dry-mill ethanol plant or grain facility preferred 




12-hour shifts on nights - three 12-hour shifts one week and four 12-hour shifts the second week.  Significant time will be spent in the plant.  All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant including, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing / milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems.  May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals and extreme hot or cold depending on weather conditions.  Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations up to 175 feet.  Must be able to speak and listen clearly.  Fine visual acuity required to read for accuracy.  Travel required as needed. 



This job may require frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds.