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Finishing Machine Operator Helper/Feeder (Entry Level)

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Job ID: 1334
Posting Status: Open
Date Posted: 10/28/2020
Location: Spokane WA
Salary Range: Depending on Experience
Position Classification: Production Labor
Employment Type: Hiring

Sonderen Packaging, is a family company in its third generation of ownership. Since 1963 Sonderen Packaging has been a staple of the Spokane, WA community. We conduct business with the highest level of integrity while striving to maintain a family focused culture. Our culture is built on respectful relationships with our customers and employees. We have a positive working environment with a talented team, and excellent benefits. Are you a reliable & detail-oriented employee, who likes a good challenge and has a positive attitude?

The feeder position is critical to helping to maintain the efficiencies of the finishing department. This position will be working with a team to set up and run the folder/gluer machine as well as prep loads to feed into the machine. The Feeder is responsible for ensuring that the glue machine is kept running consistently which minimizes quality issues and allows the machine to run at maximum speed.

Some advice for a new the feeder is to, “keep busy and learn as much as you can. Your effort will not go unnoticed.” There is a physical aspect to this job as well as an acute awareness. Sometimes there is some heavy lifting and moving of pallets so it is important to be physically equipped. Learning how to manipulate pallet jacks and stage pallets in an organized manner is also important.

The paperboard can be challenging to work with because it will vary in thickness, moisture content and strength. A feeder must take all of these factors into consideration when setting up the feed so the cartons run smoothly. The finishing department team members have this to say about their manager. “Allen is a good listener and explains things clearly when you ask questions. He will always do his best to get you help if you need an extra hand or are struggling.” The feeder/operator likes the challenge of setting up the machinery. Job shadowing the lead operator to continually increase their knowledge is also a great way to increase their wages and be an asset to the company. They are also challenged to problem solve on a daily basis while contributing to the team’s success.

This custom manufacturing business is also very humbling in that you learn something new every single day. Manufacturing is exciting and can be unpredictable. We all try our best but at the end of the day we must give ourselves some grace. Although we strive for perfection, we are not perfect people and do not make a perfect product. However, we take pride in seeing our quality product on the store shelf. We are lifelong learners. We persevere through tough times and are always looking for ways to improve. We love to laugh and joke and celebrate success. If these are characteristics you embody, it is likely you would be a great fit for our team. Are you up for the challenge??

Requirements:

This position is responsible for stripping loads, sorting defects and quality assurance. Will perform duties such as:

  • Feeding
  • load stripping
  • hand pack/assembly
  • machine set-up and sorting