The Evansville, IN site extrudes thermoplastic materials customized to meet our customers’ specific needs.
The Production Operator position is an extrusion machine operator that requires broad knowledge of production processes, equipment troubleshooting, equipment operation, packaging procedures, health and safety policies, and quality policies. The Production Operator role is key in the production of quality products in safe manner every day.
The Production Operator duties may include: Blending/preparing materials required for production run, staging materials required for production run, operating/troubleshooting extrusion process, and packaging finished product to customer specification.
- Safely drive fork trucks and actively participate in housekeeping for the work area.
- Setting up one or two extruders to run a product that is in accordance with standard operating conditions with minimal downtime and loss of product
- Monitors and troubleshoots during the extrusion process
- If safety or quality issues develop, stops process and actively participates in problem-solving with shift supervisor, maintenance, safety and other operators
- Completes product turn-arounds, which includes cleaning the extruder barrel and screws, the feeder, the pelletizer, the classifier, the reclaimer system, the automatic bagger, and feed and product totes to prevent product contamination
- Maintaining proper records, which includes run logs/sheet, feed blends on line, amount of product in totes, packaging reports, work orders, log books and keeping the on-coming operator informed as to important issues
- Review and understanding of the policies and procedures contained in standard operating procedures, hazardous communication and waste disposal procedures
- Assume personal responsibility for complying with all safety/health related policies and procedures, participate in company sponsored safety programs and activities, and report to management those conditions or actions by employees or others that might create a hazard to themselves or others in the plant
- High school education or GED
- 5 years of manufacturing experience may be considered as meeting education requirement
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
- Extrusion experience preferred
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license for operation of a fork-lift
- Previous fork-lift experience a plus
- Ability in the operation and uses of various hand tools
- Must maintain acceptable housekeeping standards
- Good communication skills required
- Ability to work individually and within a small group. Daily activities may vary based daily production needs.
- Ability and willingness to work 12-hour rotating shifts and overtime; including weekends and holidays
- Physical requirements include: lifting 55-lb bags (floor to chest), working in hot & cold temperatures, climbing stairs, frequent walking, standing and reaching in front of body
- Frequent climbing on/off of fork truck
- Previous manufacturing experience, especially working with plastics and extrusion process is preferred
- Previous work experience operating fork truck is preferred
- Basic mechanical and a sound mathematics aptitude which includes the ability to calculate percent’s, ratios, unit conversions, averages, as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division