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Machine Operator

Brief Position Summary

  • The Machine Operator is responsible for efficiently operating packaging machinery to produce various products according to customer specifications.

Essential Functions:

  • Read and understand daily production schedule and material requirements.
  • Transport needed packaging materials to production area.
  • Set-up and operate packaging equipment with correct materials and product based on order specifications. Stack finished product onto pallets where required.
  • Meet daily production requirements.
  • Perform periodic quality control checks to ensure product is being packaged according to customer requirements (including checking end and back seals, and date codes).
  • Perform efficient changeovers as required per production schedule.
  • When changing product variety, must follow pre-set guidelines and change out filtering screens based on product variety/size. Set, adjust and periodically check the flow of product through a foreign materials machine. Check magnet for any foreign materials and document and report as required.
  • Accurately complete and maintain required documentation on product, materials/supplies, output and machine downtime.
  • Troubleshoot minor packaging problems and make appropriate adjustments on equipment.
  • Communicate with Maintenance personnel on a timely basis to facilitate maintenance and repairs.
  • Comply with company safety policies and maintain clean and orderly work area.
  • Comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) procedures including timely and accurate documentation of required SQF forms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Production Lead or Plant Management.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment:

  • Frequently (more than 75% of time) required to: stand and/or walk, use ladders and climb stairs, bend and stoop, reach, push/pull, kneel and crouch. Lift, carry and/or move items up to 50 pounds, without assistance; use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls, to verbally communicate; and to hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently exposed to a non-climate controlled environment.
  • Frequently exposed to dust and loud noise.
  • Frequently exposed to machinery and mechanical, moving parts.
  • Personal protective equipment, such as hearing protection, safety glasses, hair net and food safety related items, is required.

Education/Experience and Skills:

  • HS Diploma or GED.
  • Experience and ability to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to perform basic math skills.
  • Effectively communicate questions, problems and reports to co-workers, supervisory and management personnel.
  • Flexibility to accommodate unscheduled changes in duties and work overtime as needed.
  • Must display a positive attitude and work well with all levels of personnel.


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