Cheese Operator 1 - Swing Shift

Location: Tillamook, OR

Cheese Operator 1

Come join the Tillamook Team where our philosophy is "Dairy Done Right." As an independent farmer-owned cooperative, we have been guided by good, honest values since 1909. We believe in putting quality over profit, natural over artificial, and that hard work can never be outsmarted.  We're taking a stand for real food because everyone deserves better.

About you:

What does real food mean to you? Is your favorite dish a cheesy casserole? Perhaps a decadent and indulgent ice cream? Either way, your identification with food is important to us. People who fit well here at Tillamook have a commitment to quality in everything they do. Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work, and good, honest values

About us:

Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work, and good, honest values. We live by these shared values: We are Good Stewards, We believe in Uncompromising Quality, We work as One Team, We Play to Win, and We Genuinely Care for each other.   

What you will do:

Assist with cheese manufacturing and the cheese department cleaning processes.  Perform HACCP monitoring duties for designated Critical Points (cream, milk, and vat pasteurization and metal detectors) as required per sub-job categories. Maintain proper records, cleaning in place (CIP), and sanitizing procedures.  Monitor and/or record operations in NAV and Wonderware systems.

Here's a day in life:

Cheese Towers

  • Set up towers and sealers for production; operate towers and sealers throughout the production day and control blocks weights

  • CIP and sanitizing procedures; tower vacuum pump hookups for production and CIP

Cheese Boxer

  • Set up and operate boxer for production; ensure the boxer runs properly throughout the production day

  • Ensure proper recipe, date and count is correct;  

  • Clean boxer, boxer room, and salt room

  • Fill and monitor the salt bins; perform hourly boxer and leaker and salt checks

  • Make milk silos changes when necessary

 Cheese Cold Storage 

  • Operation of the block cooler and palletizer, and operation and verification of the metal detector

  • Obtain proper sample blocks; use of ADC scan gun

Cheese Vats

  • Configure the vats, lines, cheddar master, and salter for the production day

  • Start the milk flow and operate the cooking vats, cheddar master, salter, and clarifier

Cheese Process Operations

  • Start and run: the Milk HTST, the Separator, the Whey HTST, and the RO system

  • Perform Mid-Day Wash of the Milk HTST; document cleaning, CIP, and sanitizing procedures

  • Maintain hourly readings and records; hourly testing of Milk components

Skills you'll need:


  • A high school diploma or GED is required. Previous food production or production/manufacturing experience desired.


  • Must be computer literate with basic knowledge of Microsoft Word.  Knowledge of ERP systems i.e. NAV is preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors.  Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Must be a team player and be able to interact with staff at all levels of the company.  Demonstrate a strong work ethic.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a food manufacturing plant environment.  Must be able to be certified to operate a forklift.
  • Must be able to stand full shift.  Be physically able to regularly and frequently handle both 40-pound blocks of cheese and 40-pound bags of salt.  A pre-work physical exam is required.
  • Must be able to work a varied schedule with rotating days off (including days and swing shifts -- or graveyard as needed), weekends and holidays. 

Industry-leading benefit and reward programs:

We offer outstanding benefits to our employees. For more information, please visit the careers page:

Fulltime union position; Hourly base plus applicable shift differential pay.

We are committed to creating a diverse culture and inclusive conditions where all employees are heard, valued, and feel a sense of belonging.  We rely on different perspectives, thoughts, backgrounds, and cultures to inform our work, to help us be better as a brand and as an employer, and to fuel our success.  We are seeking talent from a wide range of diversity, perspectives, and backgrounds to join our exceptional organization and help us build our future.   

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a Drug-Free Workplace. EEO/AA

Salary Range
$30,000.00 - 46,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Tillamook, OR 97141, US
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