Machine Operator – 12 Hour Shift

Location: Grinnell, IA


Position will be required to troubleshoot and resolve a range of activities with extrusion blow molding machines and secondary equipment according to the company’s safety, quality, and housekeeping and production standards.

Reports to: Production Supervisor


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintains plant safety, quality, cleanliness, and production standards.
  • Relieves Packers for lunch and breaks, as needed.
  • Follows production schedules, makes labels, and performs line clearance sheets.
  • Works with quality and the Supervisor to resolve issues.
  • Responsible for training/educating of all shift employees on the safe operation of all equipment and machines required to accomplish their jobs.
  • Ensures proper material is being used in the specific job application according to product specifications.
  • Safely start and stop machines, as needed.
  • Able to perform color changes, including cleaning the blender and machine hoppers.
  • Make necessary adjustments to leak detectors and secondary equipment.
  • Monitors cycle times, flash percentages, weights, and scrap percentage and report any problems or concerns to the Supervisor.
  • Assist with mold changes and set-ups. Able to perform neck changes and tooling changes unassisted. Proficient with programmers and Moog programmers on all machines.
  • Assists the Supervisor in troubleshooting the machines and equipment. Familiar with programmers and basic electricity, hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Assist in sampling new products.
  • Maintains or exceeds current operation meets safety, quality, housekeeping, and production standards.
  • May lead/supervise the work of others within the same department.
  • Duties may vary by location.
  • Performs other duties and responsivities as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED education required. Vocational training or Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • One to three years of relevant work experience required.
  • Intermediate written and oral communication with internal and external vendors skills required.
  • Intermediate analytical, project management, computer, mechanical, decision making, and problem solving skills required.
  • Advances problem solving skills required. Ability to prioritize and organize work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to drive powered industrial trucks.