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ADM Refinery Operator – Des Moines, IA in Des Moines, Iowa


Job Title:

Refinery Operator – Des Moines, IA


Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description:

Refinery Operator – Des Moines, IA

This is a full-time, hourly position.

Location : Refinery 1940 Hull Ave. Des Moines IA, 50313

Shifts : Rotating shifts 4 on/ 4 off, 12 hour shifts

Rate of Pay: $29.62 ($27.62 plus $2.00 shift rotation premium)

Benefits : Full benefits package starts on day 1 (401k with company match, dental insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, employee discount, flexible spending account, health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, parental leave, retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, vision insurance)


The Operator monitors the system controls reflecting the status of refined soybean oil production and making adjustments as necessary to insure the quality of oil produced.


  • Responsible for adjustments through Process Control:

  • Temperatures

  • Flows

  • Pressures

  • Addition Rates

  • Starting and stopping equipment and more.

  • Gather materials and set-up straightforward equipment.

  • Maintain quality of products produced according to department standards and visual or dimensional specifications.

  • Commitment to ADM’s goal of achieving a zero injury safety culture; understand and follow company safety procedures

  • Comply with company safety policies including safe operation of equipment, PPE usage, hand tool safety, lock-out-tag-out, and proper storage of tools, etc. Comply with good housekeeping policies.

  • Meet productivity standards.

  • Monitor and check various process parameters to achieve desired process specifications, by observing data on system controls, log sheets and lab analysis.

  • Monitor all equipment and system control to insure proper equipment function and proper readouts, and notifies the shift supervisor of the need for repairs.

  • Contribute to department production logs and reports; reflecting production levels, maintenance requirements and related information to supervisor and completes safety and environmental requirements as dictated by job duties.

  • Performs periodic preventative maintenance duties on equipment and may also perform minor repairs on the equipment as necessary.

  • Maintain equipment according to work instructions or preventive maintenance tasks; some trouble-shooting of equipment.

  • Participate in team meetings, which includes planning daily work and resource utilization, problem solving, project work, etc.

  • May be required to cross-train on other equipment or other areas as needed

  • Work with manager to suggest and initiate changes to process, machines, or procedures that improve safety, quality, delivery, or productivity.

  • Must pass an Operator 1 competency exam within 120 day probationary period.

Other Essential Functions:

  • Interface with other departments as needed

  • Other duties throughout the facility as assigned


Education, Background and Skill Requirements

  • HS diploma/GED or equivalent required.

  • 1 to 2 years production experience preferred.

  • Must exhibit regular and prompt attendance.

  • Ability to meet physical requirements such as prolonged standing, climbing stairs and ladders, working in a variety of conditions (heat, cold, dust), and ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted.

  • Ideal candidates will demonstrate initiative to work independently while being flexible to work as a team when needed.

  • Prior experience a must with this type of continuous process


  • Possess manual dexterity and good coordination

  • Possess basic reading, writing, and math skills

  • Possess proven mechanical ability or aptitude

  • Possess ability to resolve minor problems, recognize normal and unusual situations

  • Some areas will require the ability to work with manual and/or power equipment.

  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.


  • Possess working knowledge of manufacturing processes helpful


Environment: Manufacturing

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit(select locations, see below), squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is frequently required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell. The Des Moines facility requires continuous standing for duration of the shift.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

  • Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses are not allowed on site.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check. 

REQ: 68920BR


Des Moines


IA - Iowa

Ref ID:



ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM::

ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We're a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We're blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We're a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We're an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we're a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.adm.com.