Machine Operator

The New Era of American Manufacturing

First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials, thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.

Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking experienced Machine Operators. This position will be located in Lewistown, PA.

There are two shift schedules offered at our Lewistown location:

  • A 12-hour shift position that will work a 9 week rotating shift - 6:30am-6:30pm for 9 weeks, and then 6:30pm-6:30am for 9 weeks.

  • A 12-hour shift position that will work straight night shift - 7:00am-7:00pm and straight day shift - 7:00am-7:00pm.

  • Both schedules rotate the days they work. (Only scheduled to work 15 days a month!)

    A typical two week schedule is shown below:

    Week 1:

    Sunday - off

    Monday - work

    Tuesday - work

    Wednesday - off

    Thursday - off

    Friday - work

    Saturday - work

    Week 2:

    Sunday - work

    Monday - off

    Tuesday - off

    Wednesday - work

    Thursday - work

    Friday - off

    Saturday - off

    Primary responsibilities include:

    Machine Operators are responsible for operating a machine in a safe, competent, efficient, and productive manner.

    • Follows necessary GMP, FDA, and ISO regulations/guidelines.

    • Observes all safety rules and uses the proper safety equipment at all times.

    • Maintains quality standards for the product.

    • Ensures proper raw material verification, handling, and usage.

    • Keeps the machine and the surrounding area clean.

    • Performs the duties of a Lead Operator when necessary.

    • Assists maintenance personnel as required.

    • Follow instructions of the Lead Operator.

    • Assists with the training of other employees.

    • Performs other duties as necessary when directed to do so.

    • Completes changeovers and some mechanical tasks.

    • Completes process clean-up as required or needed.

    • Uses MES, QW, eQCM, and other computer programs.

    • Functional capability to understand Vision, product details, waste reasons and reactions, resulting in ability to manage operation of line.

    The ideal candidate should possess the following skills:

    • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment.

    • Ability to communicate well.

    • Ability to work in a team orientated environment.

    • High school diploma or equivalent required.

    • One to two years of trade school or college preferred

    • Three years manufacturing experience preferred.

    • Prior computer experience preferred.

    First Quality offers excellent benefits including:

    • Medical, prescription, vision, and dental insurance that starts day 1!

    • Competitive hourly wage plus opportunities for training and advancement

    • Paid vacation

    • Year-end and Quarterly incentives

    • Tuition reimbursement

    • 401k plus employer match

    • Full-service cafeteria

    Equal Opportunity Employer


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