Spray Dry Operator

The spray dry operator is responsible for producing spray dried ceramic powders from formulations given by an engineer and maintaining the given specifications.

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  • Associates degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or equivalent preferred
  • 1-5 years’ experience preferred. HS diploma or comparable work experience required.
  • Fork lift experience preferred. Ability to attain and maintain STC forklift certification required.
  • Ability to attain and maintain respirator certification.
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with personnel within the facility;
  • Effective time management skills to maintain production schedules.
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Understanding of basic arithmetic


  • Batches formulations of ceramic powders per SOP and WIs.
  • Batches inorganic raw materials such as alumina, zirconia, talc, and clay, as well as inorganic dispersants, binders, internal lubricants, plasticizers, defoamers, and pH adjusters per written instruction.
  • Inputs both batch data and product yields into the database either manually or using a barcode system.
  • Operates processing equipment using mills/bead mills including charging, discharging, and scheduling/setting automatic timers;
  • Operates and cleans spray dryers, v-blenders, pumps, mixers, bulk bag towers, vibrating sieves, and vacuum transport systems.
  • Reads temperature and pressure gauges; adjusts parameters to meet process specifications with engineering approval.
  • Properly seals, labels, and stores spray dried powders.
  • Regularly cleans/maintains auxiliary equipment including pumps, filters, and hoses promptly after use.
  • Promptly reports maintenance problems, assists with troubleshooting problems, and keeps a log of PM
  • Operates forklift. Transports raw materials and finished product between facilities.
  • Promptly notifies the appropriate personnel when consumable items, such as super sacks, barrels, pallets, barrel bags, etc., reach their reorder point.
  • Conforms to appropriate OSHA safety regulations for confined spaces.
  • May perform other production duties as assigned.


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