Newell Brands Thermoforming Machine Operator in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Job Summary:

The In-Line Operator has the responsibility of maintaining and correcting both the extrusion and thermoforming processes of the in-line machine while maximizing production. The operator must work safely and ensure quality on the line assigned. This position takes direction from and reports directly to the Shift Supervisor.

Basic Duties and Task Statements:


  • Work safely and ensure others in department are working safely

  • Must be aware of and follow all safety policies and JSA’s, including personal protection equipment, lock-out/tag-out, housekeeping, MSDS, etc.

  • Responsible to identify, report any work hazards, must eliminate hazards within ability.

  • Responsible for running conditions of the extrusion, thermoforming and trimming segments of the machine.

  • Responsible to maintain all equipment by performing all required PM functions and reporting any equipment problems for repair.

  • Responsible to assist in training of temps, packers, and other operators working on the machine in product specifications, housekeeping standards and safety standards.

  • Operate extruder, former and trimming segments of the machine; make adjustments, set temperatures, and monitor the entire process.

  • Troubleshoot quality and processing problems and make corrections accordingly

  • Clean up, change over and setup extruder including mixers, loaders, dryers, grinders, gear pump, screen changer, auto stacker, etc.

  • Figure percentages of and setup virgin regrind, color and additives, shovel regrind material in prescribed time with minimal waste.

  • Must be skilled in the use of SPC techniques to control the production process.

  • Must be able to accurately measure machine performance, scrap, waste, and downtime.

  • Must be able to use a razor knife frequently and in a safe manner.

  • Complete production reports and all paperwork as assigned

  • Good attendance and punctuality required Essential Functions:

  • Start up Extruder, Former and Trim Press as required.

  • Monitor all machine process parameters.

  • Adjust all machine process parameters based upon SPC criteria.

  • Set up, adjust, and maintain extruder die.

  • Set polish roll gap.

  • Monitor, adjust and control material and color blends.

  • Maintain and clean hoppers.

  • Operate and maintain gear pump, mixers and screen changer.

  • Adjust and maintain all forming parameters including heats, vacuum and form air variables.

  • Line out all production processes in a timely manner with minimal waste.

  • Adjust trimming process and ensure parts are trimmed out to spec.

  • Perform all required PM procedures: change filters, maintain oil and grease levels, check all safety switches and interlocks.

  • On PET lines check dryer levels and operations regularly.

  • Make certain that scrap material does not accumulated around the machine.

  • Follow all lock out/tag out procedures.

  • Assist in changing over form tooling and dies.

  • Follow all approved JSA and safety methods

  • Maintain housekeeping.Clean area around machine daily.

  • Make and seal cartons as required.

  • Place cartons on conveyor or skids

  • Monitor and maintain part quality within agreed upon specifications using SPC techniques.

  • Shut down all equipment.

  • Other tasks as identified by the shift supervisor. Marginal Functions:

  • Organize packing requirements. Assist packers as needed.

  • Ensure line is clean, neat, and orderly

  • Do some maintenance tasks as required.

  • Cross-train with other positions to cover during vacations, illnesses.

  • Backup and assist maintenance as directed

  • Give breaks to packers as needed.

  • Miscellaneous duties as directed by supervisor


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Basic Competencies:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required

  • A minimum of 1-3 Years of verifiable experience

  • Ability to work well in a team environment & motivate others within the team

  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision

  • Must demonstrate mechanical ability to work with equipment during training period.

  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures

  • Normal Dexterity& Climbing Requirements

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds frequently.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds, 12 times per hour

  • Ability to lift 70 pounds, infrequently

  • Basic computer skills data entry and process control inputs and monitors. Language skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating manuals, maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to converse with other employees or customers concerning operatingfunctions. Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to apply concepts of percentages, fractions, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.

  • Ability to deal with problems having limited information available in standardized situations. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee must use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee must reach with hands and arms and will frequently be required to use a razor knife to cut material. The employee must have the ability to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds.Must be able to apply torque and force with wrenches, ratchets and hand tools..Must be able to lift cartons onto conveyor or pallets..Must be able to position tooling into machine with mechanical and human assistance.. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. Conditions in summer can be extremely hot and uncomfortable. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.The noise level in this work environment is usually very loud.

COMPANY: Waddington North America, Inc.

Requisition Id: 112534

Location: TN - Chattanooga