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Machine Operator IV

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: Thomaston, GA, US

Company: Dart Container

Applies advanced machine operating expertise to set-up and operate multiple, specialized high-speed process equipment within an inline process to ensure the equipment is working efficiently and producing quality products.  Can operate most or all machines within the plant.


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)
  • Set up, start, adjust, test, calibrate, operate, diagnose, troubleshoot and properly shut down process specialized equipment in accordance with published production schedules and product specifications.
  • Set up, operate and monitor specialized computer controlled or robot process machinery (i.e. thermoforming, extrusion, press, injection molding, etc.) from raw materials through downstream finished goods, ensuring quality and consistency
  • Adjust equipment as needed to maximize up time, rates and yields
  • Monitor equipment for mechanical problems by listening for unusual noises and visually checking gears, hoses, gauges, materials, etc. 
  • Troubleshoot and fix complex equipment and/or material problems
  • Diagnose and change out defective parts
  • May assist with changeovers and mold changes
  • Read, understand, and interpret blueprints, schematics, and specifications
  • Use advanced measuring equipment such as micrometers, scales, scanners
  • Implement programs to standardize and minimize production changeovers and machine downtime
  • Perform general preventative maintenance on equipment (i.e. fill lube lines, lube chain rails, grease guns, etc.)
  • Maintain production logs and reports as required
  • Promptly notify the Maintenance Department of any maintenance required
  • Notify supervisor of significant deviations from normal operating conditions
  • Serve as a technical expert for less experienced operators
  • Complete root cause analysis and recommend solutions
  • Recommend work procedures, evaluate experimental procedures, and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency and adaptability to setup and production
  • Apply advanced, complex troubleshooting
  • Lead process improvement initiatives and/or cross functional team projects
  • Fill in for Lead Machine Operator as needed
  • Train other Machine Operators as required
  • Perform production process in SAP as required


Core Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • 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
  • Seven (7) years’ experience operating manufacturing and process control equipment or equivalent technical school or apprentice experience
  • Expert knowledge operating specialist machines such as Offline and In-Line Thermoforming. (Sigle and Twin screw Extrusion Processes)
  • Previous plant production software experience required, SAP experience preferred
  • Proficient in interfacing with computers and in problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary in order to communicate intricate job-related processes
  • Math skills to include simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Familiar with and ability to convert decimals to fractions or vice versa
  • Advanced mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot complex problems including knowledge of machines and tools, their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • 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
  • Ability to observe, follow, understand, and evaluate processes demonstrated and other workplace procedures


Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • Previous powered industrial truck experience
  • Paper converting, chemical/plastics processing experience
  • Prior training 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.


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