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Biomedical Polymers and Compounds™

1st Shift Extruder Operator-Las Vegas, NV

Primary Function: To operate in a team environment in the manufacturing of specialty plastic compounds while consistently being efficient, clean, safe and maintaining high quality standard.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Fulfills all work functions in accordance with established work instructions, ISO policies, and company safety policies.
  • Interprets schedule on Share Point Job board for assigned machine.  Establishes identity of order in progress and order next in queue.
  • Determines and implements production run requirements specified in customer specifications, Internal References, production Set Ups, Special Instructions and Share Point Notes for each production run processed.
  • Batches raw materials as required by the manufacturing Bill of Material using Bar Code Scanner and Batching Software for each production run processed.  Follows Set-Up Special Instruction for specific batching methods.
  • Sets extruder operating parameters according to Set-Up.  Obtains Management sign offs if set points are adjusted t to values outside tolerances established in Work Instructions in order to produce quality product.
  • Ensures operating parameters in Set up are maintained through out each production run.  Informs supervisor of issues requiring changes to specified operating parameters during production run.  Obtains sign off if necessary.
  • Performs on line quality checks hourly or more frequently as needed to ensure manufacture of quality product.
  • Completes all required documentation in accordance with Work Instructions and company policies ensuring lot traceability is maintained through out the production cycle.
  • Prepares materials for order next in queue.  Ensures materials are pulled and staged in drying equipment as required.  Ensures materials are staged in a manner to maximize production efficiency.
  • Performs “External Tasks” to the extent possible for the production run next in queue while the current order is running.  (“External Tasks” are tasks that can be accomplished while the extruder is running.)
  • Performs line clearances (change-overs and clean outs) ensuring all equipment including upstream and downstream equipment is cleaned in a manner preventing contamination of future runs by being thorough, following relevant Work Instructions and/or other special instructions
  • Obtains management sign off prior to set-up of a production run after a complete clean out.
  • Cleans auxiliary tools and equipment used to execute production runs such as batching, barrels, robot coupes, mixers, batching booths, scales, moisture analyzer and microscope bench, dryers and oven trays.
  • Removes materials remaining in dryers and ovens after production run is complete and returns the unused materials to the warehouse.
  • Cleans extruder work station consistently removing manufacturing debris from floor, machine surfaces, and work surfaces.
  • Maintains tools and supplies in an organized manner returning tools and supplies to their assigned locations through out the shift.
  • Participates in end of shift clean-up of batching room and production common areas.
  • Communicates status of production run and run next in queue to next shift operator during shift change accurately and clearly.
  • Takes immediate action to prevent and correct unsafe operating conditions and/or injury notifying supervisor of such issues.
  • Recognizes problems with production equipment and processes and notifies Supervisor of such issues.
  • Reports equipment in need of repair to Supervisor and generates a maintenance requisition to repair.
  • Suggests process improvements to Supervisor.
  • Operates as a team player to assist all company employees in meeting or exceeding customer expectations while minimizing interpersonal conflicts.
  • Performs QC tests such as ash testing to monitor filler content when necessary.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicates with shift supervisor all appropriate concerns related to working conditions, safety, injuries, and interpersonal conflicts.
  • Other duties may be requested and/or assigned by company management.


  • High school diploma or equivalent or 1-3 months related experience or training or an equivalent combination of education/training/experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents including safety rules, operational instructions, procedures, manuals, and MSDS sheets.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
  • Ability to apply common sense to carrying out instructions in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities satisfactorily.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear.
  • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision ability includes close vision and color vision.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regular exposure to fumes or airborne particles.
  • Occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts and vibration.
  • Normal exposure to moderate noise levels.


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