Production Technician

at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, United States

Job Description

The Aggie Chocolate Factory, Research, and Learning Center (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 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. 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 schedule

+ Meet and exceed product quality standards

+ Optimize efficiency of the production processes

+ Develop new products


+ Maintain up-to-date, accurate production logs, reports, and summaries

+ Present production records to ACF manager and director

+ Help create and maintain detailed written Standard Operating Procedures for all production processes

+ Documentation for product recipes, safety procedures, and quality control

+ Records for manufacturing cost including materials cost and direct labor cost


+ 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 opera

Job Details


Utah State University


Logan, Utah 84321
United States

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Job Posting: JC181136763

Posted On: Apr 10, 2021

Updated On: Jun 09, 2021