Associated Milk Producers Inc. - Blair, WI3.1

InternshipEstimated: $24,000 - $31,000 a year
The summer intern is provided the opportunity to travel to the farm, and gain hands on experience following the flow of milk thru the manufacturing facility. The intern will gain a variety of knowledge including receiving in raw milk, learning testing methods in a certified lab, dairy production, sanitation, and shipping of finished product.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

The intern will learn what it’s like to supervise in a food manufacturing facility. You will receive the opportunity to follow, learn and work with our leadership team to gain hands on experience in the following areas:

Field Service:
Travel to the farm and meet the dairymen/women to understand our producer base.
Promotes AMPI’s goals, missions and operations to the dairy community.
Assist to solicit new membership to the cooperative.
Learn and assist with milk accountability program in assigned area.
Interact with milk haulers in assigned area.

Shipping & Receiving:
Observe and learn the shipping and receiving of product.
Learn the operation of the receiving intake bay by unloading of raw milk from route trucks and test incoming milk for titratable acidity, antibiotic, temperature and aroma.
Understand the proper lab testing procedures for cheese, whey, cream, powder and milk.
Interns are provided the written standard operating procedures, trained and expected to follow all proper procedures.

Understanding the operation of cheese vats, DMC, tables, packaging line and the milk pasteurizer in the cheese department.
Education on the operation of RO, evaporator, UF, separators and fine savers, ensuring proper technique, principles, and procedures in the whey department.
Learn how to make quality cheese and whey products adhering to customer specifications and standard of identity requirements.
Participates in staff planning and process improvements.
Acquire current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments and applicable laws related to production in a dairy manufacturing environment.
Responsible to report food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

Quality & Lab:
Learn and assist with proper lab testing procedures and quality inspections.
Understand and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices.
Learn to anticipate, trouble shoot and resolve problems with GMPs and/or sanitation quickly.
Perform documentation review and inspection of materials, packaging and finished product.
Learn how to collect samples for equipment, environmental and in-process monitoring.
Actively meet and speak with quality employees to learn various aspects and responsibilities of their jobs.

Participates in programs and procedures required to ensure plant’s master sanitation program.
Proper chemical usage, measurements and personal protective equipment is required.
Learn and assist with conducting pre-operational and routine sanitation inspections.

Opportunity to observe maintenance. Understand the work order system of priority and the impact on daily production. May learn to troubleshoot plant equipment or systems.
Assist with routine inspections of equipment.

Safety, Health & Environmental:
Learns and assists with safety, health and environmental programs.
Works in a safe manner at all times and wears all required personal protective equipment to perform specified jobs.
Collects data to determine effectiveness of implemented process improvements.
Participates in safety committee meetings.
Assist safety coordinator with incident investigations and identify opportunities for improvement and lessons learned.
Conduct audits and inspections.

Human Relations:
Gains working relationships with leadership including teaching and coaching techniques.
Learn effective communication methods.
Gains understanding of company policy and procedures and learning to enforce them.
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.

The following are required competencies of the position that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:

Demonstrates attention to detail and accuracy in work.
Independent learner and the ability to work with minimum supervision.
Self-motivated and ability to motivate others to achieve desired outcomes.
Demonstrates strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to multi-task and learn new skills quickly.
Safety conscientious.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively at all levels in a collaborate team environment.
Ability to effectively present information.
Must have the ability to learn and work effectively with the plant’s English touch screen system.
Proficiency with basic computer operations including Microsoft Office.
Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines.
Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization. Employee must work in a strong team environment as well as work well independently.
Must be able to communicate information both verbal and written and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner and be able to provide clarification as necessary.
Must be capable of adapting, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with no diminishment in work performance.

High School Diploma/GED
Currently enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, or Master’s program with an interest in expanding knowledge in the food manufacturing industry.

The physical demands described here 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.

Physical Demands – While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be able to work independently and multitask in a fast paced environment. The employee must lift up to 50lbs and must be able to push and pull up to 75lbs; as well as have the ability to climb ladders and work at elevations of six (6) feet.

Work Environment – While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts. The employee may be regularly exposed to high noise environments. The employee is regularly exposed to temperature conditions in excess of 100*F. The employee will regularly be exposed to chemicals used in the process.

Schedule: Intern schedule may vary based on the department and start up and shut down times, but the typical work week will be Monday thru Friday, 8a.m. to 4pm from May to August.

Associated Milk Producers Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

High School or better
Some college or better
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)