An Equipment Operator’s primary responsibilities will include completing a set of detailed tasks that ensure the effective and safe operation of production equipment while at the same time maximizing production to meet the high demand of customers. May perform team leader responsibilities in the absence of the team leader.
• Maintains logs of instrument readings, test results, and shift production and sends production information to computer databases
• Collects moisture samples and takes tank color samples
• Communicates processing instructions to other workers
• Measures or weighs bagged fiber
• Monitors material flow knows process for CIP and in-feed
• Sets or adjusts machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature and pressure with knowledge of wedge press, pumps, k-tron, pulv, cyclone shifters and baghouses
• Removes and cleans socks from baghouses
• Monitors plant processing equipment via interactive computer interface
• Communicates changes in product flow, equipment speeds and/or settings to appropriate plant personnel
• Anticipates product and process changes to make necessary adjustments in order to maintain the highest quality of product
• Performs basic maintenance on plant equipment including changing filters, changing oil and replacing parts
• Cleans plant using industrial vacuum and pressure hose
• Scrubs machinery
• Fills bags with fiber and loads bags onto pallet
• May maintain plant schedule of breaks and lunches
• May provide leadership and training in the areas of Employee Safety, Process Control, and Product Safety
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Able to formally and informally present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, and fellow workers
• Able to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and conversions
• Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions in a systematic fashion
• Able to interpret technical instructions from equipment manuals and documented instruction sheets
• Able to quickly understand the mechanical function of food processing equipment
• Must be able to read and write English to communicate effectively
• Requires Forklift Certification, and Confined Space Entry
• Must be punctual, with an excellent attendance record
• Pro-active mindset with the ability to apply common sense and good judgment under minimal supervision
• Must be able to work as a team and follow instructions
• High school diploma or GED; or six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Stands and walks short distances when filling product into bags and placing bags on pallets. Moves throughout the plant to monitor production and employee activities. Stands at computer station when completing production reports. Standing and walking is alternated for two hours before a break.
• Bends when stacking bags on the lower levels of the pallet, repeated about once per minute for 20 minutes. Also bends when checking or cleaning equipment and picking up items on floor level.
• Twists to place the bag on the filling machine, to remove it and to place it on the pallet. One bag is filled per minute, so twisting may be repeated 3 times per minute. Twists when performing cleaning activities.
• Squats and kneels to observe, adjust or clean a low part of the machine.
• Climbs 4 flights of stairs 2 – 3 times per shift. Also climbs ladders as necessary to keep production moving. May use a lift to access equipment, in which case a safety harness is used.
• Stacks bags which weigh 33, 26.4 or 15.4 pounds each onto pallets. These are lifted approximately once per minute and the activity might be repeated for up to two hours before a break. The pallet is typically near the filling machine, so bags would only be carried one to three steps. Once or twice per shift, may lift a 50-pound box and dump the contents into a waist level container.
• Pushes on portable forklift, requiring moderate effort. Pushes and pulls on filled bags to adjust their position on the pallet.
• When filling in as lead, may operate computer up to 1/3 of the shift, requiring independent use of the fingers on the keyboard and a simple grasp on the mouse. A power grasp is required to move filled bags, once per minute. This might be repeated for two hours before a break. May twist the wrist when making a mechanical adjustment on the machinery.
• Reaches once per minute above shoulder level when loading the top rows of the pallet for up to 30 minutes.
• Must be able to work in freezer and cold, wet or humid conditions