State of Washington
GRAIN PROTEIN SPECIALIST
Operate Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) Analyzer equipment to determine the percentage of protein in grain or other agriculture commodities. Provides technical training and supervision of others in the operation of NIR Analyzer equipment.
Conducts necessary equipment tests and checks; Monitors the degree of drift, analyzes slope, connects and adjusts equipment, calibrates equipment as required;
Operates NIR machine, grinder, moisture meter and calculator;
Trains others in the proper use of laboratory equipment to determine protein content of grains and other agricultural commodities;
Maintains records on equipment, environment and machine monitoring samples;
Provides current protein analysis information during loading activities; coordinates with Chief Deputy, elevator management personnel and ship inspectors;
Performs protein reinspections upon request by interested parties;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: United States Department of Agriculture and State of Washington regulations; arithmetic; functions of NIR equipment and various scales and testing equipment.
Ability to: climb and work safely and with agility at high levels, around moving equipment under extra hazardous conditions, and often in very high temperatures, learn State and Federal regulations governing sampling and weighing; make arithmetic computations accurately; following written and oral instructions; keep records, complete report forms; utilize acute color and odor perception; carry up to one hundred pounds of samples; write accurately and legibly.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
One Year of experience as a Grain Sampler.
Note: Must meet license requirement of FGIS for the functions of this class.
Class Specification History
New Class May 14, 1982
New class code: (formerly 45210) effective July 1, 2007