Grain Grader

Grain graders are responsible for grading a variety of grain types such as wheat, oil seeds and pulses as they are delivered to grain elevators. They will perform laboratory tests such as moisture and protein testing and grade grains based on government regulations. Grain graders provide technical assistance about grade issues to outside inspectors and grain elevator staff.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Grade a variety of grain types such as wheat, oil seeds and pulses as they are delivered to grain elevators
  • Log, organize, store, distribute and dispose of incoming grain samples after they are inspected
  • Calibrate and check laboratory scales
  • Operate, maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment (moisture meters, scales, dockage testers, protein testers, ELISA readers)
  • Ensure laboratory is kept clean, including dusting and sweeping
  • Prepare samples for outside testing
  • Conduct total grain inventory audits of weight and grade
  • Maintain and order basic laboratory supplies (gloves, dust masks, filter papers, etc.)
  • Check grain-handling equipment and report any deficiencies or concerns
  • Conduct off-site grading and sampling duties
  • Ensure that all grain sampling follows the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS)
  • Prepare samples for the lab for quality testing
  • Assist senior staff to solve day-to-day production and process problems
  • Issue grading reports to deliveries
  • Review analytical data and report findings to the grain elevator staff
  • Follow safe work practices and regulations
  • Assist in preparing on-site final analysis reports

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • plant science
  • mathematics
  • business
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required, but two to three years related experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred.

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