Who is Freelin-Wade you ask?
We offer more than just plastic tubing- we provide opportunities for great people to grow with us in a variety of positions. We employ more than 100 people in positions from manufacturing and shipping to customer service and office administration.
We like being at Freelin-Wade and you will too. Our success is a direct result of our commitment to outstanding service, unsurpassed quality tubing, and hard work. At Freelin-Wade, you'll be joining the plastic tubing industry's finest company; where you can make a difference each and every day.
All positions posted below include the following benefits** for full-time employees:
Generous Employer Sponsored Medical and Dental Insurance*
401K Plan with an Employer Match
Profit Sharing Plan
Three Wage Reviews in the First Year
Personal Time Off Plan
Nine Paid Holidays
* Based on the current year's plan. Subject to change.
** Most benefits require a 90 day waiting period upon hire. Some benefits require 6 months to one year waiting period upon hire.
*** The Tuition Reimbursement program is similar to a scholarship where certain qualifications must be met and academic achievement must be kept.
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1. PRIMARY PURPOSE– The Extruder Operator Trainee is a student in learning to set-up and operate extrusion and peripheral equipment and tools to produce plastic tubing products according to quality standards and on time requirements within a specific area of expertise and training. This position works with constant supervision and assistance of supervisors and lead operators on the shop floor.
2. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Preparation Education
- Reads and interprets job specifications from daily written work order reports.
- Estimates and organizes time, equipment, and materials necessary to complete running jobs and effectively queue up for next run.
- Communicates scheduling delays or concerns with Lead Operator and/or Production Supervisor.
- Selects proper raw material, additives and tooling. Communicates to Lead Operator any materials needed.
- Decides on appropriate reels according to work order specifications.
- Extrusion Operation Education
- Sets up to run extrusion operation according to specifications. Activities include, but are not limited to: loading hoppers, setting dryers, installing tooling, setting rollers, stringing up extruder and downstream equipment, setting pullers, printers and measuring devices.
- Continually conducts visual quality checks to insure equipment and devices maintain settings and tubing measurements meet specifications.
- Winds tubing onto reels by hand or automatically to desired finish, form and tension.
- Prepares final product package including client labels and submits to Quality Control.
- Tags material to be sent to recycling.
- Performs extruder purging and cleaning operations.
- Records and maintains accurate job completion data as required.
- Learns to meet most standard production times stated on assigned work orders
3. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintains all equipment and workstation in clean and orderly condition following prescribed safety rules and regulations.
- Promote teamwork and a positive culture within the department and between all other departments and personnel.
- Continuously search for improvement methods in your everyday work.
- Other duties as required.
4. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
- One to three months extrusion or mechanical process experience and/or training.
- Ability to:
- Read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos;
- Write simple correspondence;
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals;
- Calculate and convert units of measure including length, width, diameter and volume;
- Compute rates, ratios, and apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry;
- Apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions;
- Deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
- Read tape measure to 1/16th of inch. Read calipers, pin, pressure, and air gauges.
- Navigate in proprietary database systems;
- Work independently and as a member of a group in a cooperative and collaborative manner;
- Use or develop reliable systems and work habits to effectively prioritize and organize a multitude of tasks;
- Identify potential problems and independently seek out alternative solutions, including research, trial tests and communication of activities to others.