• Extruder Operator

    Job Locations US-CA-Visalia
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/22/2018 7:35 PM)
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  • Overview

    This is a mid-level position responsible for safely and efficiently operating the extrusion systems and other production equipment to ensure compliance. Strict compliance with the facility Food Safety and Quality Management System Policies, Procedures and Work Instruction is required.


    • Ensure extrusion temperature equals or exceeds the specified minimum Critical Control Limit before allowing product to ensure the production system.
    • Monitor/Document the designated Critical Control Limit Temperature, and react to deviations.
    • Daily start-up, shut down, set-up, and clean-up of the extrusion operations (e.g. mix systems and extrusion systems).
    • Monitor the product, perform quality audits, and perform general sanitation and housekeeping duties with the machinery.
    • Continuously monitor product quality and identify and report any deviations from the standards as set forth by customer.
    • Responsible for housekeeping of the extruder and plant area (e.g. sweeping the floor, removing trash, cleaning the machine at the end of the shift, preparing for next shift’s production, and finalizing any paperwork in an accurate, clear, and concise manner).
    • Be proactive and assist with maintenance and preventative maintenance of equipment.
      • Assist with improvements, as necessary.
    • Deliver daily objectives determined by plant management.
    • Troubleshoot processing systems to optimize performance and take corrective action to ensure quality and minimize downtime.
    • Participate in a high quality team environment through effective teamwork and self-management with a positive attitude.
    • Responsible for own safety and for the safety of others which may be affected by others actions.
    • Demonstrate good judgment and react to unsafe conditions, either by making them safe or reporting them to those in a position to correct them.
    • Participate in safety programs and actively look for ways to improve site/area safety.
    • Maintain a safe and clean work environment.
    • Proven leadership qualities, a strong work commitment, and high ethical standards.
    • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor that reflects the Company’s core values.
    • Provide a high level of support to the next customer in line.
    • Report any food safety issue observed to manager/supervisor.
    • Report any security breaches, attempts at product tampering or contamination, or other suspicious behavior observed to manager/supervisor.
    • Complete and comply with the Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS), Daily Routine List (DRL), HACCP procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Compliance.
    • Maintain a food-safe sanitary environment at all times.
    • Complete records/quality checks with accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Escalate any non-conforming product/equipment/material to the appropriate manager/supervisor immediately.
    • Follow Company’s quality assurance procedures and protocols at all times while on duty (eg. Labeling of containers, Inventory Control, PM programs).
    • Promote a positive proactive environment where input from team members is valued and encouraged.
    • Provide back-up support for other roles as necessary.
    • Available for overtime work on a scheduled or call-in basis, as necessary.
    • Other duties as assigned by the manager/supervisor.


    • A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Two (2) years related experience in a manufacturing environment; experience in a food manufacturing environment is preferred.
    • Previous extrusion or machine operating experience preferred.


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