Smithfield Foods

Mill Operator

Job Locations
US-IA-Sioux City
FLSA Status
1st Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


The Mill Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient set up, inspection and operation of equipment/machinery utilized in the processing of products. Additionally responsible for following standard operating procedures, including but not limited to, completing production related paperwork and meeting product specifications.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  • Follows all Personnel Safety policies/procedures, including the use of proper PPE, as well as ensuring the safe use of required tools and equipment.
  • Follows all Food Safety, Quality Assurance, GMP’s and general plant policies/procedures.
  • Reviews PIT (Powered Industrial Truck) and mill equipment training processes, successfully complete tests and demonstrates proficiency in equipment operation to pass a demonstration of ability for the transport and storage of material
  • Performs operations and safety checks including, battery, brakes, lift controls, fluids, and fire extinguisher, prior to using any material handling equipment.
  • Responsible for loading and unloading trucks. Checking documents required to ensure job is being done correctly and without damage.
  • Independently sets up, inspects and safely and efficiently operates multiple pieces of equipment/machinery.
  • Inspects products for overall appearance according to customer and QA/Food Safety requirements and communicates with supervisor when non-conforming products are present.
  • Communicates with production supervisors/managers to ensure that all parties are aware of any safety or environmental issues.
  • At end of shift, secures all equipment, performs general housekeeping duties and turns in all required paperwork.
  • Complete snecessary production paperwork for documenting process parameters and production requirements.
  • Reads and interprets production paperwork and other data tracking materials.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 1+ years of manufacturing operation experience.
  • Previous production equipment and machinery operation experience and experience in food industry highly desirable.
  • Previous forklift or bobcat experience/licensure.
  • Basic mathematical skills required; addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • Strong written communication skills.

  • Must be detailed oriented and be able to read, understand and execute instructions. Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • May be required to work long hours and weekends as department and plant operations demand.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand, sit, walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Frequent use of Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT’s) both standing and sitting.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.


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