Production Operator (Lexington North)*
Lexington , Kentucky
January 10, 2017
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Job Description:

Job Summary:
The person hired for the position of Production Operator will manufacture ceramic components by preparing tools, hot pressing, mixing, foiling and cleaning various types of compositions. Maintain condition of equipment and process to safely produce quality products and meet customer delivery requirements.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Participate in all safety and regulatory training needed to fulfill the duties of the position
  • All employees must be respirator trained for Organic Vapor and airborne particulates
  • Follow all plant safety rules and regulations; wear PPE as required per procedures for specific situations (face shields, gloves, hearing protection, and fire retardant clothing where required)
  • Continual improvement toward the vision of zero incidents
  • Prepare graphite tools for use
  • Move equipment and materials using a 15 ton capacity overhead crane and forklift
  • Perform general die building operations
  • Load/unload molds in/from the hot presses using an overhead bridge crane
  • Operate induction equipment to heat hot presses
  • Disassemble molds and part columns
  • Operate industrial cleaning machines to clean ceramic parts
  • Maintain temperatures, pressures, etc. as defined and required by standard procedures and make adjustments as required to maintain the desired/required parameters
  • Ensure that all data values are operating within procedure limits. Notify Lead or Supervisor when out of specification
  • Clean and maintain tooling
  • Constantly observe equipment for proper functioning, as well as parts being produced for visual defects. Make corrections as required, or get Process Engineering involved in the solution to the problems
  • Maintain communication in regards to product quality with other operators and QC
  • Keep Team Lead/Shift Supervisor informed of items such as maintenance requirements, equipment failures or breakdowns, shortages of materials, unsafe conditions of equipment, suggestions on operational improvements and any deviations from standards
  • Maintain Hot Press Run Logs
  • Complete all forms and checklists as required
  • Provide accurate data collection on all forms and systems
  • Perform on-line Quality Control testing and accurately record process results in a timely manner
  • Clean operating area and equipment. Complete extensive housekeeping assignments and perform extensive housekeeping tasks in all areas (e.g., sweeping, vacuuming, and shoveling up dirt and debris off the floors of the production area)
  • Learn and participate in 5S, Lean, and Six Sigma projects
  • Assist Process Engineering in problem solving
  • Work in a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous and professional manner. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Core Values
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or designate

This position will require:
  • Weekend work

This position may require:
  • Working overtime
  • Working holidays as needed
  • Working a fixed 8- or 12-hour shift depending on shift availability
  • Short notice call in
  • Respirator use due to the high exposure to dust particulates and organic vapors
  • Bending/standing/stooping
  • Lifting up to 40 lbs. unassisted as needed

Basic Qualifications:
  • Possess a High School Diploma/GED or higher
  • Minimum six (6) months of experience in a production role at a manufacturing facility

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience using Lean Manufacturing Principles
  • 5S program experience
  • Quality experience

Location: Lexington, KY
Relocation: Is not authorized

Qualified applicants will be required to take and pass 3M elected testing as a part of the selection process.

This posting is for a Production Operator position at 3M Lexington. Qualified applications may be considered when Production Operator openings occur at 3M Lexington for up to 6 months of the posting of this requisition.

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