Extrusion Process Operator (2 Openings – 1 Day Shift and 1 Night Shift)

  • Company: Johnson & Johnson
  • Location: Cornelia, Georgia
  • Posted: January 28, 2017
  • Reference ID: 0166161214-en-us

Ethicon, Inc., a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, is currently recruiting Extrusion Process Operators located in Cornelia, GA.


The Ethicon business offers a broad range of products, platforms and technologies-including sutures, hemostasis products, surgical staplers, trocars, energy devices and synthetic mesh devices-that are used in a wide variety of open and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women's health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. The Ethicon business combines products and services of two market leading legacy companies, both with long histories of medical innovation. Ethicon, Inc. based in Somerville, New Jersey, was founded more than 80 years ago as a pioneer in suture development and manufacturing, helping to transform the safety and effectiveness of surgery.


The Extrusion Process Operator safely and efficiently executes daily tasks related to extrusion manufacturing of synthetic absorbable and non-absorbable multifilament products. Typical tasks include start-up, operation, and shut-down of extrusion and orientation processes, thread-up and doffing of production spools, testing of products, and troubleshooting of processes. 

Essential Functions:
  • Operates and navigates with the extruder computer control systems
  • Operates the Vac-U-Max polymer feed system and troubleshoots to eliminate feed problems
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment (godets, orientation lines, kamitsus, Statimats, Denier counter, fray counter, etc.) to produce 56, 52 and 80 denier VICRYL*, PANACRYL* and 10/0 Ethilon fiber
  • Tests fiber denier and performs tray testing as required and when necessary troubleshoots process equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions
  • Tests fiber tenacity and elongation, and tracks results using SPC charting
  • Monitors equipment through measured checks of speeds and temperatures
  • Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide in conjunction with directions from a higher level Extrusion Process Operator or supervision
  • Loads fiber in Tenney ovens at required intervals
  • Records production data for tracking and evaluating run yield trends, actual yield, and audit progression
  • Handles hoppers or Port-A-Vacs appropriately, weighing and recording data to track polymer usage
  • Maintains accurate and legible documentation
  • Maintains housekeeping standards
  • Maintains basic knowledge of CAMSTAR data system and inputs data as required
  • Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide and as directed by management
  • Manages the operation of six or more extruders running at the same time
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce 14 and 28 denier VICRYL* fiber using split stream or dual take-up and PANACRYL* fiber
  • Monitors environmental room conditions and initiates corrective actions as needed
  • Determines temperature startup profiles based on IV and MI values and polymer history
  • Monitors and responds to quality issues based on SPC trending of fiber properties, fiber denier testing, and observations of physical appearance
  • Troubleshoots extruders (working closely with engineering support) and affiliated equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions to eliminate quality process issues
  • Monitors run yield trends, identifies process issues, recording appropriate information, and effectively communicating this information to support personnel, at shift change, and to management
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce all denier sizes for VICRYL (including monofilament), PANACRYL* and 10/0 Ethilon with minimal direction
  • Performs special projects as directed by Process Engineering or Facilitator
  • Applies an appropriate understanding of polymer behavior and extrusion technology to the extrusion process
  • Coordinates the efforts of others in their proper job function to minimize waste and maximize production yields
  • Learns new extrusion processes when opportunities are presented.

Other Key Responsibilities:

  • Work in team environment behaving in a CREDO based respectful manner
  • Comply with all federally regulated programs
  • Adhere to J&J environmental and safety policies and guidelines
  • Comply with all job specific safety procedures and utilize PPE when necessary
  • Comply with quality system requirements as defined within procedures and instructions
  • Use test equipment (Starett Gauge, Mitutoyo Gauge, Microscope, Instron,etc) where applicable.
  • Utilize applicable software systems as needed for the job (e.g. ComplianceWire, ADAPTIV, etc.)
  • Consistently meet required work performance targets (RE’s), if applicable
  • Support LEAN and Six Sigma Initiatives
  • Support Maintenance Excellence (ME2) including 6S and Operator Asset Care
  • Accurately complete records as defined within the job procedures (e.g. manual and/or electronic documentation)
  • Consistently meet required Training due date targets

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Education beyond high school (college, military, technical school, etc.) preferred
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience required
  • Baisc computer skills required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills required
  • Problem solving skills required
  • Basic math skills required (add, subtract, multiply, divide, percentages, fractions); Must be able to pass basic math test
  • Basic knowledge of industrial tools and instruments required
  • Ability to make timely and accurate decisions required
  • Self-motivated and capable of completing job duties with minimal supervision required
  • Basic knowledge of fiber physical properties and appearance quality (tenacity and elongation) preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) used to identify and respond to process trends preferred
  • Leadership skills are desirable
  • Must be willing and able to meet the physical requirements of the role which includes: Lifting/carrying 0-30 lbs., lifting from ground to knees, lifting from ground to waist, lifting from ground to shoulders, lifting from ground to overhead,  lifting from waist to shoulders, lifting from waist to overhead, pushing/pulling/reaching overhead, standing, kneeling, sitting and walking
  • Must be willing and able to work 12 hour rotating day or night shift (6:30am – 7:00pm & 6:30pm – 7:00am) which includes weekends
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime as needed 

Primary Location
United States-Georgia-Cornelia
Ethicon Inc. (6045)
Job Function

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