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Granulator Operator

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Location: Greenfield, MA, United States
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Job Summary:   Operate a granulator machine that grinds recyclable TPU.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a shift exchange explaining issues during shift, discuss upcoming orders
  • Read and interpret paperwork (e.g. work orders, sales orders, or reprocessing notes)
  • Perform pre-operation checklist to ensure safety of machinery
  • Accurately weigh and record material in manufacturing software as required
  • Unload materials or virgin block from Gaylord; visually inspect and remove all contaminates
  • Start up and operate granulator, including guillotine knife and blender
  • Monitor particle size of granules and cleanliness of regrind
  • Operate a fork truck and/ or pallet jack bringing materials to and from the warehouse
  • Operate overhead hoists and lift carts to handle and package finished goods
  • Take samples as required
  • Observe machine to detect clogged blades and hopper
  • Disassemble/reassemble and clean granulator (including blades, screen, cradle, and bin)
  • Make minor changes and adjustments to machinery with little or no supervision (e.g. transition from material to material, clearing jams)
  • Follow all safety and lock-out procedures associated with the granulator and its operation
  • Prepare skids, kegs for return to warehouse with correct packaging material, labels and details
  • Perform material handling tasks and inventory control using barcode scanner
  • Attend daily shift meeting
  • Train other Operators when required
  • Recommend measures to improve production methods, equipment performance and quality
  • Data entry into computer to include tracking of machine time, total regrind per shift, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Skillsets:

  • Ability to read, write and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, fractions, and/or decimals
  • Ability to use a computer; including but not limited to manufacturing software
  • Ability to communicate effectively with workers and supervisor
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out complex multiple step instructions
  • Ability to deal with problems and non-standardized situations with multiple variables
  • Ability to work overtime if required to meet business demands
  • Ability to understand operation of machinery and fix machinery, mechanically inclined

Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job the employee must:

  • Be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Be able to push or pull heavy objects up to 250 pounds
  • Be able to work 12 hours shifts
  • Perform repetitive tasks
  • Routinely stand, sit, hear, walk, and talk
  • Reach, climb, bend, kneel, crouch, twist and balance; sometimes in awkward or tight spaces
  • Have good close vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus
  • Meet Mativ certification requirements to operate Power Industrial Trucks

Preferred Education & Skillsets: 

  •          High School Diploma or GED
  •          Prior manufacturing experience
  •          1-3 months related work experience

PPE Requirements:  Employees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment including;

  • Safety shoes (steel toe or composite toe)
  • Safety Glasses
  • Bump Caps
  • Protective Gloves; when performing certain tasks
  • Hearing Protection; when required
  • Other personal protective equipment as required for certain tasks

Work Environment:  Conditions are that of a manufacturing environment.

  • Air Temperatures can range from cold to hot
  • Atmosphere may contain dust, fumes and odors
  • May include mechanical, electrical, chemical, explosive and radiation hazards

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.



Key Words:
Production
Reprocessing
Granulator
Pelletizer
Operator
Manufacturing
Plastics
Extrusion
Die

Note:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of this position.

 

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