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At Novolex, we take pride in supporting our families across the globe. Our team is rich in diversity and our entrepreneurial culture encourages continuous personal growth and teamwork. Our careers include manufacturing, engineering, procurement, supply chain, finance, HR, product development, sales, marketing and an ever-expanding array of others to support our continuing rapid growth.




Directly responsible for all key manufacturing results, including safety, quality, productivity, meeting deadlines, housekeeping, basic equipment maintenance, scrap reduction, employee development, achieving machine speeds, and employee morale.  Serves as the primary technical expert for his/her assigned area. 


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.


  1. Assure all safety rules are known and followed.  This includes safe work procedures, lockout/tag out, PPE compliance, assuring that all machine guards are in place and functioning properly, etc.

    Perform daily housekeeping to ensure standards are maintained.  Promptly report any unsafe conditions in assigned areas. 

  2. Report accidents, near-misses and injuries.


  1. Perform required quality checks according to QC procedures.  Ensure product is running with proper paper, ink color, etc.
  2. Monitor quality of bales and ensure press, glue, heaters, etc. are functioning properly.
  3. Participate in plant quality audits.
  1. Correct production issues and Report product which is not meeting the required quality standards.
  1. Set-up/Adjust machines to meet required quality standards.
  1. Set-up/Adjust print to meet required quality standards.
  1. Monitor product quality for assigned Bag Machines.

Technical & Equipment

  1. Perform greasing & oiling of machines, machine adjustments, print set-ups, machine maintenance, maintaining ink consistency, etc.
  2. Mount plates, replace dies and blades, equipment timing, etc.
  3. Clear machine jams, troubleshoot and correct issue.
  4. In case of a breakdown, repair and adjust as necessary.  Contact Maintenance when necessary.  Report condition to Shift Supervisor.
  5. Submit Work Order Requests for all major equipment repairs.
  1. Follow up on daily machine and operational problems.  Identify recurring problems.  Work with other Adjusters, maintenance and management to correct short and long-term concerns.
  1. Ensure recurring problems are brought to the attention of the Shift Supervisor.
  1. Perform job duties according to policies and procedures.

Production & Cost Control

  1. Monitor and control machine run speeds, scrap and downtime.
  2. Perform required machine PM’s.
  1. Monitor and minimize waste.


  1. Complete routine daily reports and ensure accuracy.
  1. Communicate at shift change with Adjusters to ensure a smooth shift transition.
  1. Handle print set-ups as needed.  Ensure that machine changeovers are completed according to production schedule.
  1. Report problems and plant rules and policy violations to appropriate supervisor or to HR.
  1. Other miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.


Deals primarily with internal Novolex plant employees.  Communicates extensively with other Adjusters, supervisors, maintenance and BMO personnel.  Infrequent contact with vendors, employees at other Novolex plants, and Novolex corporate personnel.


  1. High School diploma or GED required.

Some college or trade school classes preferred.

  1. Demonstrated mechanical abilities and competencies.
  1. Ability to troubleshoot and correct mechanical issues.
  1. Experience in a production environment preferred.


  • Mechatronics, Machinist or Mechanic Preferred.


    Excellent mechanical aptitude and analytical problem solving ability.

  1. Good communications skills.  Must be able to listen attentively, organize his/her thoughts, speak & write clearly and comprehend written documents.
  1. Ability to work in a team environment.
  1. Ability to handle multiple priorities with patience.
  1. Good general record keeping skills and math skills.
  1. Excellent self-discipline.  Works well without immediate supervision.
  1. Good interpersonal skills.  Must exhibit leadership traits.
  1. Works well under multitask pressure.
  1. Bilingual language skills a plus [English/Spanish].


*  Direct supervision: employees report to position

**  Indirect: employee’s supervisor reports to position

***  Functional:  supervises performance of particular position, but does not

                            hold complete supervisory authority.


Makes frequent decisions, under changing circumstances, about product quality, equipment and materials and safety.  Decisions must be prompt and accurate based on the facts available.


Errors can severely affect plant results, including poor quality, employee injuries, inadequate equipment utilization, poor machinery condition, missed shipments, high costs, low employee morale and lost business.  Poor performance directly affect plant budgetary requirements.


Must be able to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain a wide range of bag making machines.  Bag types include Grocery, Sack, Merchandise, Barrel and other styles of bags.  In addition, person must learn many different machinery brands used to produce each bag type.  Each machine brand and bag type is unique.  Person must also learn a wide array of auxiliary equipment including collators, printing presses, end sealers, machine shop tools, patch units, strappers and other pieces of equipment, in addition to the actual bag machines.


Person is regularly exposed to dirt, dust, noise, and fumes. Plants are not air-conditioned and may be hot and humid in the summer.  In addition, plants may be drafty and have cold spots in the winter.  Person may be required to go outside during inclement weather.


If qualified, could be promoted to Shift Supervisor, Production Manager, or other management position.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Lift & carry 50 lbs.
  2. Push paper rollstock weighing over 1,000 lbs.
  3. Pulling.
  4. Reach above shoulder.
  5. Use fingers/hands frequently.
  6. Continuous walking and standing on a concrete floor.
  7. Occasional Crawling, Kneeling, Bending, Climbing.
  8. Ability to work at a rapid pace.
  9. Must have good eyesight.  No colorblindness.  Good depth perception.
  10. Ability to hear.


Slips, trips, falls, cuts, shock, burn.

Machines with moving mechanical parts (gears, belts, cams, shafts, blades, presses, etc.)


Eye Protection

Hearing Protection

Hair Net or Cap

Steel-Toe Safety Shoes (Rubber Sole)

Lockout/Tagout Devices

Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.

Novolex does not publicly post salary information on job boards.

Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact Jamie Wells at hrcompliance@novolex.com.


City:  Brownsville
State:  TX

Nearest Major Market: Brownsville

Job Segment: Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Machinist, Manufacturing