• Location: Cedar Springs, Michigan
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #15813
  • Salary: $0.00 - $41,600

Plastic Extrusion Technician

Shift: 1st or 3rd Shift
Pay Range: $20-25/hr.
Location: Cedar Springs, MI


Essential duties & responsibilities-

  • Follows all SQF procedures to ensure the integrity of extruded sheet relative to food safety.

  • Complies with safety policies and procedures without exception and reports safety hazards/violations to supervisor.

  • Committed to open, direct, communication of all process changes, ongoing issues, and process-critical information with other members of the extrusion team to maintain efficient trouble shooting of issues and continuous operation of the line.

  • Helps promote a culture of continuous improvement – actively uses systems to ensure maintenance needs are addressed in a timely fashion, and improvement ideas are implemented intradepartmental or with the help of supporting resources.

  • Personally committed to being to work on time for all scheduled shifts.  Plans and schedules PTO in a way that allows time to plan for coverage during an absence.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Sets up and adjusts settings on the extrusion line and auxiliary equipment to run sheet at required thickness, width, roll diameter/weight, silicone load and direction.

  • Follows cold-start and shut-down procedures for extrusion line and all supporting systems (material storage/transport, crystallizer, dryer, chilled water).

  • Runs the line at established rates to maximize finished good output and quality.

  • Responsible for performance to production schedules.

  • Ensures quality objectives and specifications for thickness, width, clarity, gels, carbon specs, visual defects, etc. are met.

  • Develops and maintains sheet recipes for various material inputs and virgin flake raw material ratios.

  • Runs material dryness tests utilizing VaporProXL moisture analyzer.

  • Understands, monitors, and maintains (as needed) data inputs/outputs of the material handling, chilled water, dryer/crystallizer, and extrusion line.  Examples include:  on-hand pellet and flake inventory levels, vacuum pump performance and pressures, chilled water set point/return temp/pump pressures, material dryness, flake crystallization, dryer/crystallizer temperature settings, sheet width/thickness/IV levels.

  • Understands and monitors pressure differential indicators on vac pump systems and extruder and maintains/performs filter cleaning and changes when applicable.

  • Ensures finished good roll diameter and weight requirements are met without exceeding maximum specifications.

  • Removes rolls from the line, wraps and labels rolls, and transports them into assigned holding areas or the finished goods warehouse.

  • Prints labels/transacts finished goods, quality and food checks, etc. within company software systems.

  • Operates big bag and gondola unloading stations. Ensures there is always flake and pellets available to the extruder.

  • Tests flake for contamination prior to unloading big bags/gondolas and visually monitors for contamination at big bag unload stations while unloading.

  • Transports raw materials, supplies, and finished goods in the plant as needed using manual hand jack, powered walk-behind lift, hi-lo roll transport vehicle and tipper.

  • Monitors the silicone station – adds silicone as required.

  • Ensures that edge trims are properly feeding into the edge trim grinder.

  • Maintains an organized department by following established housekeeping and cleaning procedures.

  • Interfaces with maintenance to submit work requests to address maintenance and performance issues in a timely fashion.

  • Performs general maintenance on the equipment as needed;  communicates all changes to equipment and settings to other departmental personnel.

  • Maintains a personal tool box with sufficient tools to perform job tasks and light maintenance.

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