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Extrusion Lead Operator - 3025 in McPherson, KS at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 2/12/2018

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North American Pipe Corporation

Job Description

    SUMMARY

The production operator is assigned to a specific cell or work area on a production shift.  He or she is responsible for the efficient operation of the production equipment and required to perform the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.

  • Perform the primary thinking encompassed by this job description.
  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Start up and shut down an extrusion line.
  • Perform all duties required of Production 'C', 'B' and “A” operators.
  • Assist in the training of Production 'C', 'B' and “A” operators.
  • Prepare production reports and maintain records of machine settings.
  • Monitor and make proper machine adjustments as required to ensure product quality, safe operation and optimal output of assigned production lines.
  • Demonstrated ability to make die changes.
  • Other duties as required
  • Measure and examine extruded products in order to locate defects, and to check for conformance to specifications; adjust controls as necessary to alter products.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
  • Change dies on extruding machines according to production line changes.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Weigh and mix pelletized, granular, or powdered thermoplastic materials and coloring pigments.
  • Load machine hoppers with mixed materials, using augers, or stuff rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
  • Test physical properties of products with testing devices such as acid-bath testers, burst testers, and impact testers.
  • Maintain an inventory of materials.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Only in absence of regular supervisor

QUALIFICATIONS 

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.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High School Diploma or equivalent required.  One (1) year experience as Production Operator, demonstration of requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes, satisfactory attendance and safety record, and the recommendation of the Production Supervisor and the Production Superintendent.  This position may also be filled by individuals from outside with demonstrated experience and performance in a position equivalent to Production Operator 'A' from a related industry.

COMPUTER

Basic knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is frequently exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

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