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Press Operator

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

HIRING!!!! A Place to Build Your Future!

If you are a Press Operator looking for a new opportunity with a leading company, Dart Container is looking for you to join our team!


Within this role you will be responsible for safely and efficient operation of dry off set or flexographic printers to produce a quality product.

We currently have openings on ALL SHIFTS!!!  


Day-to-Day Role:

  • Follow and commit to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for safety, quality, production, efficiency, and service requirements
  • Follow practices and processes intended to provide safe products that comply with appropriate laws and regulations, meet the company quality standards
  • Follow and commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
  • Assist with setting-up, starting, adjusting, diagnosing, troubleshooting and properly shutting down process equipment in accordance with published production schedules and product specifications.
  • Assist with process machinery from raw materials through downstream finished goods
  • Perform general preventative maintenance on equipment (i.e. fill lube lines, lube chain rails, grease guns, etc.) as required
  • Maintain production logs and reports as required
  • Read and review daily production schedule, perform necessary line checks and assist with all types of changeovers including size and imprint changes on press.
  • Operate printing equipment as directed by supervisor or shift lead. Maintain accurate and timely production and quality records.
  • Monitor press output and visually inspects product for defects and quality issues.
  • Load and unload paper rolls, mount and shaft rolls, thread machine, maintain correct ink levels, colors and chemistry. Make necessary adjustments to ensure proper registration and maintain strict quality performance
  • Promptly notify the Maintenance Department of any maintenance required
  • Notify supervisor of significant deviations from normal operating conditions
  • Perfom back-up Inspector Packer responsibilities during break and lunch periods
  • Perform production process in SAP as required


Core Skills & Qualifications:

For All Levels:

  • Ability to observe, follow, understand, and evaluate processes demonstrated and other workplace procedures
  • Math skills to include simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Familiar with and ability to convert decimals to fractions or vice versa
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot basic problems including knowledge of machines and tools, their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues

Preferred for all levels: 

  • Technical school or apprenticeship experience
  • Previous powered industrial truck experience 

Level I:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Six (6) months operating printing equipment or machine operations experience


Level II:

  • One (1) year experience operating printing equipment or operating manufacturing and process control equipment, or equivalent technical school or apprentice experience


  • Paper converting, chemical/plastics processing and/or packaging industrial experience


Level III:

  • Two (2) years of experience operating printing equipment or operating manufacturing and process control equipment or equivalent technical school or apprentice experience
  • Specific experience operating press and slitting machines
  • Advanced knowledge of machines and material processes
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret blueprints


  • Five (5) years’ experience operating printing equipment or operating manufacturing and process control equipment or equivalent technical school or apprentice experience,
  • Previous plant production software experience required, SAP experience 


Level IV:

  • Seven (7) years of experience operating printing equipment or operating manufacturing and process control equipment or equivalent technical school or apprentice experience
  • Expert knowledge operating specialist machines such as press and slitting machines
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to lead machine and material processes
  • Proficient in interfacing with computers and in problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary in order to communicate intricate job-related processes
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret blueprints
  • Organizational skills including the ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines
  • Ability to effectively manage and execute multiple tasks, projects and priorities
  • Ability to utilize and train employees on technology, processes and procedures


  • Prior training experience 
  • Previous plant production software experience required, SAP experience



Overview: As the manufacturer of Dart® and Solo® brand products, Dart Container is an industry leading single-use food and beverage packaging company. With 15,000 employees and 40+ locations worldwide, Dart offers more than 4,000 products used every day in restaurants, hospitals, schools and homes around the globe.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.


If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (833) 472-3278 or email us at HRConnect@dart.biz for assistance.


Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (833) 472-3278 or email us at ADArequests@dart.biz. Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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