Extrusion Machine Operator

Minnetonka, Minnesota
11 Oct 2016
23 Mar 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
The Extrusion Machine Operator will operate, troubleshoot, repair and perform minor maintenance of the extrusion equipment that processes polypropylene pellets into log form. You will understand both the product construction and the machine operation to maximize yields and machine uptime. You will work shifts that are 12-hours long, starting at either 4am (day) or 4pm (night), on a rotating week schedule.

Essential Responsibilities

As the Extrusion Machine Operator, you will:
  • Observe all Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) rules, including housekeeping practices
  • Participate in EHS meetings, investigations, and audits
  • Proactively communicate and address safety concerns
  • Set-up and monitor machine operations according to standard operating instructions
  • Understand department safety, quality and regulatory requirements, and production goals; actively engage in meeting these goals
  • Inspect raw materials and products to ensure there are no visual defects; take corrective action as needed
  • Perform checks to ensure accuracy per product specifications, ensure overall product quality, and tracks in manual logs or computer system to capture deviations and quality traceability data
  • Perform material disposition on all work-in-processes (WIP) parts as assigned
  • Perform advanced machine adjustments to ensure that proper construction specifications are being met
  • Interrupt machine operation as necessary to correct operating problems
  • Minimize the production of products that do not meet specifications by quickly taking action and using investigative, troubleshooting, and mechanical skills
  • Accurately measure work in process (WIP) and finished goods in inches or centimeters
  • Communicate technical issues in a timely manner to all levels (managers, co-workers, maintenance, engineers, etc.)
  • Assist in training of other operators
  • Assist with failure and perform regular minor preventive maintenance
  • Perform troubleshooting to solve equipment malfunction
  • Perform complete setup, adjustments, startup, and shutdown of all equipment in the area
  • Keep accurate records and explain any discrepancies, if necessary
  • Perform any additional duties as assigned by supervisor, facilitator, or lead


  • Associate's Degree in engineering, plastics technology, industrial technology, instrumentation, automated systems and robotics, electronics engineering technology, industrial controls and robotics, right skills now for manufacturing or similar technical associates degree ( OR a High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 1 year of experience as a machine operator, maintenance technician, or military service)ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, as required
  • Ability and willingness to work a rotating schedule that includes regular weekend coverage, as required
  • Ability and willingness to work a 12 hour shift schedule, as required
  • Ability and willingness to wear personal protective equipment, for example safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs, and safety shoes, as required
  • Willingness to work in a tobacco-free environment
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job.

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications

    GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Desired Characteristics

  • Experience working in and navigating computer applications; ability to perform basic functions in Excel, including navigating to files, data input, copy & paste and sums
  • Strong mathematical aptitude, such as ability to calculate flow rate and take measurements of circumference
  • Experience participating in the development of work instructions and operating guides
  • Basic SAP experience, including navigating in the system, looking up test specs and ensuring bills of materials match recipes
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Quality inspection experience, including experience identifying and resolving product quality issues
  • Detail orientated
  • Strong communication skills and ability to learn and understand all policies, practices, and procedures
  • Lean manufacturing experience
  • Previous experience performing setup, troubleshooting and operation of automated machines
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