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Machine Operator

Company: Fresh Express
Location: Salinas
Posted on: November 19, 2022

Job Description:


Able to independently operate identified/assigned packaging machines installed at the site.

Job Function Statements Essential Functions include, but are not limited to:

* Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of this position.
* Compliance to SOP's, GMPs, Housekeeping, Safety, and all other FE policies.
* Must inspect settings for codes, dates, leaks, oxygen levels, and seals to ensure proper operation of the assigned equipment.
* Completes all required safety, Food safety, production, maintenance, etc. documentation as required. These forms which include, but are not limited to: packaging machine forms, quality forms, packaging downtime forms, forming tube inspection and Teflon tape related forms.
* Be able to participate in process improvement projects or new product testing.
* Report any equipment malfunction to the PMO, floor coordinator or supervisor immediately.
* Report any unsafe condition immediately.
* An Operator III is able to independently run and support assigned designated packaging machines and support equipment.
* Assists higher level Operators as needed.
* Executes necessary changeovers in equipment, film, printers, and related ancillary processes while ensuring production expectations are met.
* Assure that all date coding and bag labeling is correct i.e. packages, boxes, etc.
* Plan ahead on supplies needed for upcoming products per schedule.
* Keep work area and equipment clean and free of garbage/debris at all times.
* Able to assist in different lines or baggers as needed.
* Works as directed and as a team
* Supports teammates
* Contributes to goals
* Ability to set up multiple machines for startup and during production
* Must be able and willing to assist in all jobs on line to keep machines running at all times.
* Works cooperatively with process owners to maintain quality standards
* Assures quality products are being produced by meeting quality specifications for production on assigned line(s). Uses a variety of means for measurement such as equipment setting confirmation along with probes, tanks, and meters to monitor such things as bag atmospheres, leaker rates, weights, etc. Makes machine adjustments as needed to achieve and maintain expected equipment performance.
* Employees may be assigned to perform other tasks such as packing, palletizing, trimming, inserting master packs, housekeeping, rework, general labor activities, etc. on a temporary basis.
* Responsible for actively supporting the other members of the employee's work team including assisting with cross-training, new-hire/buddy assignments, and process support during breaks, meal periods, and other staff coverage as needed.
* Able to pass both written and hands-on LOTO (Lock-Out Tag-Out) training on a yearly basis and be able to successfully lock out machinery as needed.
* Can advance to Machine operator II through training and education after 1 year.

Required Qualifications/Skills:


  • Must have basic mechanical troubleshooting skills and know basic math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, simple formulas and conversions.
    * Must take a written test to demonstrate proficiency.
    * Must have ability to accurately track downtime and performance indicators.
    * Must be able to successfully speak, read and write English at the level of work instructions, diagrams and related equipment documentation and support materials.
    * Must adhere to GMP's (Good Manufacturing Practices) and PPE's (Personal Protection Equipment).

    * Must be able to lift 75 pounds (dead lift) continual and box opening for 8 hours a day or more.
    * Must pass a math aptitude test and must pass the required strength physical examination.
    * Must have repetitive hand and eye movement skills.
    * Must be able to stand for the duration of the shift (8 hours or more), perform repetitive motions throughout the shift such as push/pull/lift, twist, stoop, and bend continuously through the shift
    * Be able to climb stairs or step up onto a platform several times throughout the shift.
    * Must be able to work in a noisy, wet, and cold environment of approximately 30-34 degrees Fahrenheit
    * Must be able to work 6 or more consecutive days including overtime, any shift, late nights, weekends and holidays if necessary

    (Internal applicant qualification) In order to be eligible for this position, employee must have not more than 3 attendance points, no safety violations, nor any other disciplinary warnings. Employee awarded the position will be on a 60-day probationary period to complete training and demonstrate SOP's and all related task. Classification date will be reflected upon completion of 60-day probationary period.

    This job will be awarded based on the ability to perform the job, plant seniority, and classification seniority.

    Other Desired Qualifications/Skills:

    * Prior experience in a similar temperature/strenuous work environment preferred.
    * Bilingual English/Spanish


    Must have previous experience operating related food processing equipment or equivalent.

    Must pass the written exam before being assigned to Operator III.

    Prior experience in a packing environment


    High School diploma/GED, some Technical School coursework, or Mechanical/Vocational Certification

Keywords: Fresh Express, Salinas , Machine Operator, Other , Salinas, California

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