Machine Operator

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POSITION TITLE: Machine Operator

REPORTS TO: Plant Manager


Responsible for all activities associated with running machines including setup, operation, cleanup, and recommending improvements to operations.


  • This is a team leadership position. Direction for each member of the team starts with the operator.
  • Direct each member of the team, ensuring plant safety rules are understood and followed.
  • Inspect the machine area at the start of each day before attempting to run the machine.
  • Communicate with management any and all training, team, and mechanical needs.
  • All required paperwork must be completed and turned in daily.
  • Follow the machine schedule and communicate any foreseen issues and concerns.
  • Lead the set-up of the machine in accordance with proper setup techniques and efficiency.
  • Complete quality checks according to plant quality standards.
  • Communicate all quality concerns immediately to management.
  • Run the machine in a safe, productive manner. Downtime and waste must be kept to a minimum.
  • Causes for downtime and waste must be documented and communicated.
  • Complete required preventive maintenance as scheduled.
  • Cross-train on other machines.
  • Complete necessary reports in an accurate and timely manner, including but not limited to: Production Data, Machine Operational Status, Safety Data, Quality Data.
  • Turn in maintenance work orders to supervision for needed repairs. Be proactive in the maintenance of equipment.
  • Switch duties with Assistant Operator as necessary for training purposes.
  • Report any discovered food packaging safety risks or concerns to the food packaging safety management representative or direct supervisor.
  • Additional duties may be assigned by management.


Able to read a tape measure with speed and accuracy. Able to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, measurement, volume and rate. Able to apply concepts of high school math.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or graphic form. Ability to deal with problems involving one or more concrete variables in standardized situations.


The individual must have working knowledge of the following:

  • Equipment design and capabilities that can be translated into efficient operation.
  • Product layouts and production specifications
  • Product quality specifications
  • Quality standards
  • Basic computer skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use a hand and a finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


The performance of the employee will be measured as follows:

Operating standards – the employee will need to meet or exceed the Operating Standards in the areas of quality, cost, safety, customer satisfaction, and productivity. Such standards will be set annually and communicated to the employee.

Personal growth – while the company will provide the tools to assist the employee to grow professionally the responsibility for moving forward lies with the individual. Each year there will be goals developed and agreed to by the employee and his/her superior.

Employee relations – through observations the employee will be evaluated regarding his/her behaviors associated with appropriate human interaction, respect and communication. Socializing and being unproductive or inefficient will not be tolerated.

Creativity – this will be evaluated by how active the employee is in participating in advancing the business through new and innovative ideas.

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