Process Tech Trainee

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Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Avondale, LA -Louisiana, US, 70094

Company: Bunge

At Bunge, people don’t just come here to work, they come here to grow – solving challenges that directly impact the world with a diverse team of thinkers and doers.  Bunge offers a strong compensation and benefits package, generous paid time off program and opportunity to progress.  Most importantly, in all we do we live our values:
•    Act as One Team by fostering inclusion, collaboration, and respect
•    Drive for Excellence by being agile, innovative and efficient
•    Do What's Right by acting safely, ethically, and sustainably

Role Purpose Statement


The Process Technician Trainee supports all areas of the Refinery such as Production/Process, Distribution, Water Treatment, and Utilities. Trainees rotate in these various areas as they learn new tasks in supporting each unit.  Trainees will shadow and assist experienced technicians in monitoring computer driven equipment, controlling chemical changes/reactions during the processing stage of vegetable oil, and the handling the bulk loading & distribution of finished product.


Main Accountabilities


The Process Technician Trainee will learn to:

  • Operate and monitor conversion of fuels, reactive vessels, steam boilers, and the water feed system as needed; Blend and transfer oil; Sample and measure inventory; Check temperatures of tanks
  • Perform startup and operate during the interesterification, bleaching, and deodorization processes to produce a final product that meets internal and customer specifications
  • Troubleshoot, rebuild. repair, and replace processing equipment components as needed
  • Unload and wash trucks, tank containers, and other bulk methods of transporting oil
  • Load oil and/or other materials into vehicles and installs seals, strapping, bracing, or padding to prevent shifting or damage in transit
  • Take samples of materials and oils, labels with identifying information, and provides samples to the laboratory for analysis
  • Keep accurate records of inventory (Counts, weights); Verifies, and records units of supplies and raw materials received, movements and shipments; accurately completes appropriate paperwork
  • Transport drums and other production items via forklift
  • Support in preparing plant equipment for startups, shutdowns, freeze plans, and hazardous weather conditions
  • Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the plant with a primary focus on processing areas and the outdoor tank farm
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned



Knowledge and Technical Competencies

  • Self-Starter with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and interpret various directives that may be presented in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format such as safety rules, operating instructions, drawings, production schedules, etc.
  • Ability to contribute to Root Cause Failure analysis reviews
  • Able to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, fractions, percentages, area, circumference, volume, and flow; Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, overtime, weekends, holidays, and on-call as needed
  • Must have the ability to meet the following physical requirements: 
  • Access work areas at elevated heights up to 150 feet above ground (Ascending and descending from ladders, catwalks, product tanks, etc.)
  • Occasionally lift and/or move items up to 50 lbs.
  • Reach and grip surfaces with arms, hands
  • Frequent sitting; moderate amounts of standing, climbing, and walking; occasional balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling, sometimes in confined spaces
  • Must be able to view, hear, read, and respond while using a personal computer, keyboard, computer monitor within close and sometimes distant range, equipment controls, radio, and other media devices as required to complete job duties
  • Must be able to view/read color-coded indicators, pressure gauges, temperature and level gauges, gas and product flow indicators, and other measuring equipment from close to medium range
  • Must be able to wear appropriate PPE and use sound judgment as the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, moving mechanical parts, areas where there is risk of electrical shock, and high, precarious places
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors within an industrial setting at various climates and inclement weather conditions
  • The employee is occasionally required to work in confined spaces and must be able to pass a respiratory clearance test
  • Must be able to distinguish between hot and cold to verify if the process line heat tracing is working
  • Ability to tolerate a moderate level of noise with proper PPE




  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Minimum of 6 months prior industrial experience or training such as a Process Technology program


Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Nearest Major Market: New Orleans

Job Segment: Wastewater, Water Treatment, Gas Technician, Gas, Chemical Research, Engineering, Energy

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