Plant Lab Technician I – 1st Shift

Job Details


Perform laboratory tests on various products including dairy and environmental samples. Responsible for providing accurate test results using predetermined, approved methods of analysis and ensuring that results are communicated to our internal customers in a timely and efficient manner. Collaborate in the support of internal and external programs. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Product Testing
    1. Sample collection as directed for analytical or micro testing
    2. Preparation of samples to send to corporate lab or third-party lab as needed, which may include compositing
    3. Perform tests and analyses accurately and timely on samples of dairy products
    4. Follow test procedures using reference methods, such as AOAC or Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products, and others as required
    5. Tests may include Moisture and salt analysis, butterfat, proteins, total solids, pH, titratable acidity, various bacteriological testing, inhibitory substances, sample preparation, and other tests as directed
    6. Commission, adjust, and operate laboratory equipment and instruments such as microscopes, pH meter, protein analysis equipment, milk/whey/cheese component analysis equipment, automated titration equipment, laboratory balances and other equipment
    7. Troubleshoot basic equipment and testing procedures
    8. Perform routine calibration and maintenance on laboratory equipment
    9. Organize and prepare supplies needed to complete work
    10. Maintain lab equipment and glassware by picking-up, cleaning, washing, and storing in an organized and sanitary manner
    11. Maintain a functional and clean work area
    12. Follow all regulatory, safety, standard operating procedures, good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and good laboratory practices (GLPs)
  2. Environmental Testing
    1. Water or isogrid (as applicable) collection
    2. Air sampling (environmental and compressed air as applicable)
    3. Environmental swabbing for Listeria, Salmonella, and Cronobacter (as applicable)
    4. Swab equipment for sanitation verification to include clean equipment and end of day as applicable
  3. Recording Data & Communication of Results
    1. Effectively communicate test results (written and oral)
    2. Entry of results into databases, e.g. Labware, D365
  4. Functional Lab Program Support
    1. Assist with the completion of functional program activities that may include:
      • Data Entry and Review for accuracy
      • Lab SOP Review
      • Testing/Sampling (environmental, air, water)
      • Collaborate with the management team to find new and creative ways to maximize job efficiency, cost containment and reduction efforts, streamline documentation processes, implement and utilize new technology, and/or improve information
  5. Additional Responsibilities
    1. Follow all company policies and procedures
    2. Follow government standards and regulations
    3. Provide backup relief as needed
    4. Follow all safety procedures as required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Good analytical, math, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel) preferred
  • Prior history of actual lab bench time experience and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of proper laboratory techniques, whether by job experience or prior education preferred.
  • Self-organization skills
  • Ability to read and use equipment manuals
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate




High School Diploma or better in General Education.


Associates Degree or better in Microbiology.



1 year: One (1) or more years of related experience preferred.

Licenses & Certifications


Milk and Cream Tester



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