Machine Operator

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Plant Operations
Travel Required
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Machine Operator is responsible for the operation of all equipment associated with the production of dry ice from CO2. The Machine Operator will be responsible for production, regulatory compliance, inventory, and shipping. The Machine Operator will troubleshoot and maintain the dry ice equipment as needed. The Machine Operator may at times be asked to assist Maintenance Technicians in more technical or complex maintenance procedures. Team members in this position are required to maintain knowledge of the process flow, computerized equipment, and be aware of hazards associated with the process as well as understand and execute standard operating procedures. Continuous plant operation requires 12-hour shift work. Machine Operators must be able to adapt to 12-hour workdays and be able to meet call-in requirements as needed.



  • Use your knowledge to safely and efficiently operate the dry ice plant.
  • Operate dry ice pelletizer, forklifts, pallet jacks, and sanitation equipment and chemicals.
  • Keep the dry ice building and equipment clean inside and outside.
  • Perform and document maintenance and repairs of equipment.
  • Prepare shipping and other documents as required.
  • Operate computers for both production and administrative tasks.
  • Follow plant procedures for start-up and shutdown.
  • Maintain accurate and timely logs.
  • Keep your plant safe by fostering a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • You must be a self-starter and able to work safely and productively without close supervision.
  • Experience in a production environment preferred.
  • Light to medium maintenance experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of computers and MS Office and ability to learn production software systems.
  • Working knowledge in math, reading comprehension, and mechanical reasoning required.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skilled required.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills required.
  • Ability to embrace change and adjust to changing priorities required.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values.
  • Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. Dry ice is extremely cold and requires that gloves be worn when directly handling it. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. You may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • Due to the physical and safety sensitive nature of this job, you will be subject to a physical and expected to pass a drug screen during the pre-screen process. During employment, you’ll be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • This role has some physical requirements that our team members will need to be able to perform, such as:

    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, self-contained breathing system, hazardous material suit, hearing protection, and harness.
    • Working at extreme heights (approximately 150 ft), in confined spaces, and in extreme temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees Fahrenheit, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Must be able to use the following equipment/tools, with training provided (not all encompassing): ladders, welding equipment, press, power washers, various hand tools, shovels, forklift, dollies, pulley hoist, overhead hoist, and bandsaw.
    • Continuously:
      • Climb stairs
      • Walk indoors and outdoors, sometimes over rough, uneven, or wet surfaces
    • Frequently
      • Be in awkward back, shoulder, wrists, and hand positions
      • Bend forward while standing
      • Reach overhead
      • Pull up to 40lbs
      • Kneel and crouch for up to 15 minutes at a time
    • Occasionally:
      • Pull up to 95lbs, with or without assistance
      • Lift and carry up to 50lbs, with or without assistance
      • Grip with a force of up to 80lbs
      • Sit for 15 minutes on a stool, sometimes rotation sitting
      • Pinch with a force of 20lbs
      • Push up to 20lbs
    • Since we are all about team work, you may be asked to help other roles that have their own unique set of physical requirements.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Not ready to apply yet?