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Plant Operator

Fortera is searching for a Plant Operator for our newly built computer-controlled pilot plant located in Redding, CA.  For this position, plant operation experience is desired but not necessary. Candidates with innate intelligence and capacity to learn how to run the plant safely and efficiently will be strongly considered. This role is suited for someone willing to learn pilot plant operations with ideally hands-on mechanical maintenance and construction experience. During the plants operation, the person will follow Standard Operating Procedures and will be involved in maintaining and upgrading the plant as needed to accomplish the technology development.
Our technology and plant operations are unique. We will we provide the necessary operations training. The position requires work shift flexibility with a 24-hour operation, ability to make intelligent process decisions, and always maintain safe work practices.
This position will report directly to the Plant Manager.


  • Operate the plant safely and efficiently through the computerized control system.
  • Responsible for reading and interpreting system information and taking proper actions.
  • Ensure that all assigned equipment is properly maintained, clean, in safe and proper working order.
  • Conduct necessary inspection of the equipment and troubleshoot problems.
  • Participate in maintenance of the equipment, while the plant is running and during shutdowns.
  • Ensure Company policies and OSHA / Cal EPA regulations are followed
  • Develop expertise in the Fortera process
  • May be required to operate small equipment like forklift

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering preferred or equivalent industry experience
  • Knowledge of plant operations, maintenance, and electrical systems desired
  • Display an uncompromising focus on safety by properly following company policies and OSHA/CalEPA regulations for safe working procedures and protection of the environment
  • Willing to work in a team environment and assist co-workers and/or supervisors with other duties as required
  • Must require minimal supervision and be able to make decisions
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written and oral instructions
  • Familiarity with computer software programs such as MS office (Excel, Word).
  • Ability to use respiratory equipment is required.
  • Ability to move/lift up to 50 lbs. during the course of the workday
  • Will need to pass a physical exam for HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response)

The hourly range for this job is $28.00 - $33.00.

We know that happy employees are productive employees, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • 100% company-funded Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability coverages for employees
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account options
  • Tax deferred & Roth 401k
  • Paid vacation days (increased with tenure), 12 paid holidays, and unlimited PTO for exempt employees


Fortera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.