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Job Title: Extruder Operator
Company Name: Nestle
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 04/08/2020
Expire Date: 04/18/2020
Job Categories: Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Research & Development, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Extruder Operator
Our Mechanicsburg factory, built in 1969, is located just eight miles west of Pennsylvania’s state capital of Harrisburg. Our Mechanicsburg factory is one of the largest manufacturers in the area and produces a large portion of Nestlé Purina’s dry pet food portfolio, including Puppy Chow®, Dog Chow®, Beneful®, Pro Plan®, Alpo®, Kitten Chow®, Cat Chow®, Friskies®, Nestlé Purina ONE® and Kit ‘N Kaboodle®. Beyond our work in pet food production, we support various local animal shelters and organizations (Susquehanna Service Dogs Organization and Woofstock among others) to more deeply impact our ability to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. This is a great opportunity to work for a global company with a strong commitment to safety, innovation, and career development. 

Position Summary:
Must be able to operate and monitor all equipment required to manufacture each product at or above established rates of production.  Equipment includes by-product system to insure proper bin separation by assignment and dye water tank farm system to insure proper dye amounts are dumped/mixed in proper tanks by assignment.  Must perform all required tests and make adjustments as needed to insure product quality falls within specification guidelines.  Assist in product change-overs, and relieves extrusion equipment operators as needed.  Must maintain a satisfactory sanitation level in all assigned areas and adhere to all safety regulations and requirements in the plant.  Safely produce quality products at the right rate and right time, using Nestle Continuous Excellence (NCE) processes and tools.
All other duties as assigned

Primary Responsibilities: 

  1. Review productions schedules daily prior to beginning of shift.
  2. Communicates operation status with oncoming/off going shifts.
  3. Perform all required in-process tests/monitor finished product results.
  4. Continual monitoring of all equipment in assigned areas and quality of product being produced.
  5. Maintain exit hoppers/answer alarms. Perform knife, feed, steam and water adjustments when needed to maintain quality, adjust dryers for moisture control.
  6. Monitor all electrical panel boards and steam controls associated with processing equipment in assigned areas.
  7. Troubleshoot, recognize maintenance problems and initiate a work request to get equipment repaired.
  8. Must be able to perform all aspects of job functions involved in a changeover.  Communicate/coordinate with scale operators for new product feed to be batch into meal system.  Communicate start-ups/shutdown with packing operator.  Insure proper equipment, knives, caps, pressure plates are installed and hammer mill screens changed when necessary.  Start-up and lining out extruders once changeovers are complete.
  9. Must maintain adequate, satisfactory sanitation level of assigned areas at all times.
  10. Must be able to accurately complete all daily paperwork.
  1. Determine fines separation needs at beginning of shift.
  2. Coordinate the handling of by-product from change-overs and normal operations.
  3. Ensure proper fines separation as determined by assignment needs.
  4. Monitor and troubleshoot all equipment utilized in processing and separating fines.
  5. Maintain proper records of bin settings.
  6. Perform all needed paperwork.
  7. Maintain proper sanitation level in all areas with fines equipment in them.
  8. Perform all operating checks of equipment to insure fines quality.
  9. Make flavor enhancer and dye water.
  10. Relieve other operators in processing as needed.
  11. Maintain all other processing areas.  Be able to perform both daily and shutdown clean up as determined.
  12. Perform basic extruder operations i.e., changing of hardware, perform quality checks, and stabilize extruders.
  13. Be able to assist in performing production feed test.
  14. Monitor equipment as needed.

Perform all other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Requirements

High school diploma or GED

1 years’ of experience in a production, manufacturing, military, or related environment

To our veterans and separated service members—you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you’ll consider sharing in our mission—you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé Purina home.

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