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 Job Description



Job Title:

In-line Thermoforming Operator     


Position Summary:

The In-Line Operator has the responsibility of maintaining and correcting both the extrusion, thermoforming automation processes of the in-line machine while maximizing production. The operator must work safely and ensure quality on the line assigned. This position takes direction from and reports directly to the Shift Supervisor.


Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:

  • Work safely and ensure others in department are working safely.
  • Must be aware of and follow all safety policies and JSA’s, including personal protection equipment, lock-out/tag-out, housekeeping, MSDS, etc.
  • Responsible to identify, report any work hazards, must eliminate hazards within ability.
  • Must be able to complete operator training modules and pass written and practical tests.
  • Must be forklift certified by WNA (requires a valid driver’s license).
  • Proficient in operating extruder, former, trim press and automation segments of the machine; make adjustments, set temperatures, and monitor the process parameters.
  • Clean up, change over and setup extruder including mixers, loaders, dryers, grinders, gear pump, screen changer, auto stacker, etc.
  • Assist in changing over thermoforming tooling and dies.
  • Must be able to accurately measure machine performance, scrap, waste, and downtime.
  • Responsible for running conditions of the extrusion, thermoforming, trimming and automation segments of the machine.
  • Must be skilled in the use of SPC techniques to control the production process.
  • Adjust all machine process parameters based upon SPC criteria.
  • Complete production reports and all paperwork as assigned.
  • Troubleshoot quality and processing problems and make corrections accordingly.
  • Responsible to maintain all equipment by performing all required PM functions and reporting any equipment problems for repair.
  • Backup and assist maintenance as directed.
  • Assist packers as needed.
  • Responsible to assist in training of temps, packers, and other operators working on the machine in product specifications, housekeeping standards and safety standards.
  • Cross-train with other positions to cover during vacations, illnesses.
  • Must be able to use a razor knife frequently and in a safe manner.
  • Maintain good housekeeping.  Clean area around machine daily.
  • Miscellaneous duties as directed by supervisor.
  • Good attendance and punctuality required.



Candidate Requirements:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required.
  • A minimum of 1-3 Years of verifiable experience.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and motivate others within the team.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision .
  • Must demonstrate mechanical ability to work with equipment during training period.
  • Ability to read machine instrumentation (thermometer, pressure gauge, vacuum gauge) and measuring instruments (micrometer, tape measure, caliper).
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Normal dexterity and climbing requirements.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds frequently.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds, 12 times per hour.
  • Ability to lift 70 pounds, infrequently.
  • Basic computer skills – data entry and process control inputs and monitors.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating manuals, maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to converse with other employees or customers concerning operating functions.
  • Ability to apply concepts of percentages, fractions, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.

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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:  Chattanooga
State:  TN