Utah State University

Production Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 week ago(9/11/2020 1:00 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
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Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary
Based on Experience


The Aggie Chocolate Factory, Research, and Learning Center (ACF) has an opening for a temporary part-time position for a production technician that could turn into a permanent part-time position. The production technician will be primarily responsible for producing chocolate products and managing the production line at the factory. However, as a new small business, the technician will fulfill other responsibilities as required.

ACF within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University is a small-scale craft manufacturer of bean-to-bar chocolate, specializing in high quality single origin products. As a manufacturer it is essential that the factory operate efficiently and safely as a business, research, and center of education and learning. To accomplish this, the facility must comply with industry best practice standards of operation and management. The position reports directly to the director of the ACF.



  • Develop a complete knowledge of the production process (bean sorting, roasting,
    winnowing, grinding, conching, tempering, molding, cocoa liquor pressing).
  • Have the ability to perform the complete production process.
  • Meet production targets on time.
  • Coordinate procurement of raw materials and human resources to satisfy production
  • Meet and exceed product quality standards.
  • Optimize efficiency of the production processes.
  • Develop new products.
  • Present production records to ACF Manager and Director.
  • Help create and maintain detailed written Standard Operating Procedures for all
    production processes.


  • Teach and train others as required.

Business Development:

  • Generate and discuss ideas with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Participate and contribute to ACF meetings as needed.
  • Research, study, and learn with the aim to improve the ACF. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work at least 20 hr/week.
  • Ability to think logically, critically, solve problems, and implement solutions.
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt as necessary to changing circumstances.
  • Personal computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams.
  • Commitment to continual personal improvement and operations improvement.
  • Commitment to quality, safety, efficiency, teaching, and learning.
  • Friendly and positive attitude, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Initiative and strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to listen and learn from others, and seek support from others when needed.


  • Maintain up-to-date, accurate production logs, reports, and summaries.
  • Documentation for product recipes, safety procedures, and quality control.
  • Maintain records for manufacturing cost including materials cost, and direct labor cost.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an industrial food manufacturing business.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control for food manufacturing.
  • Must have, or the ablility to obtain a food handler permit.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Engineering.

As a representative of Utah State University and Primary contributors to its mission, all
employees are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Take initiative
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be accountable
  • Behave ethically
  • Be honest and trustworthy
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic
  • Be inquisitive
  • Be detail oriented
  • Be self-motivated
  • Efficiently manage multiple tasks
  • Be a team player
  • Be committed to improving USU

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile.

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Based on Experience



This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting.  This position requires nearly continuous standing, repetitive hand motions, and reaching overhead. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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