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Manufacturing Operator

Company: Zoltek Corporation
Location: Saint Charles
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Company DescriptionZoltek, a subsidiary of Toray Group, is a world leader in the research, development, manufacture and distribution of industrial grade carbon fiber. Our mission is to lead the commercialization of carbon fiber through our development of a price-competitive, high-performance reinforcement for composites used in a broad range of commercial products. Carbon fiber-reinforced composites are remarkable in their performance characteristics and properties that include high strength, low weight, high stiffness, corrosion resistance, heat resistance, and electrical conductivity. Our target markets include wind energy, automotive, offshore drilling, marine, infrastructure, and many other diverse industrial markets. We currently employ over 1,500 employees at manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Hungary, and our sales and distribution network is worldwide. Learn more at www.zoltek.com.Job DescriptionTitle: Manufacturing Operator - $17/hr + PREMIUM PAYReports to: Production ManagerLocation: St. Charles, Missouri (MRP)Date Posted: 5/18/2021Job Summary: Zoltek-Toray Group is looking for dedicated individuals to join our team as Manufacturing Operators in our Missouri Research Park facility, located in St. Charles/Weldon Spring, MO.Why work at Zoltek?Compensation/Premium Pay: The starting rate for this role is $17.00 per hour. For a limited time, Manufacturing Operators are receiving an additional $1.50 per hour premium for hours worked. Once the premium pay program has ended, the employee's regular pay will revert to the standard rate, which does not include the program premium.Work schedule: The Manufacturing Operator will work 12 hour shifts. The night shift schedule is 7:45 PM to 8:00 AM (7.5%-night differential included in pay), day shift schedule is 7:45 AM to 8:00 PM. The work week is an alternating 36 or 48 hours (12 hour shifts rotating on a 2 weeks cycle: 2 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off, 2 on, 3 off) resulting in a 3 day weekend every other week and some built in overtime. (Please indicate your preference/availability for day or night shifts in a message in your application.)Benefits: After 60 days of employment, Manufacturing Operators are eligible for benefits, which includes paid time off, sick/emergency time, medical, dental, vision, 401K, various life insurance policies, Gold's Gym discounts, safety shoe discounts, prescription safety glasses discounts, employee assistance programs, and various bonuses throughout the year. In addition, 80% of employee healthcare benefit premiums are paid by Zoltek!Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Follow procedures to ensure safety, quality and production of product.Inspect size/quality of processed material; ensuring customer's specifications are met.Remove boxes up to 50 pounds from processing line, attach labels and complete necessary paperwork for inventory control.Remove and package samples for Quality Control.Inspect equipment and product for potential problems and report to the supervisor immediately.Maintain equipment and work area - the areas are to remain clean and free of hazardous obstacles.Wear required personal protective equipment at all times; be knowledgeable of safety procedures for work area.Communicate with team members, supervisor and co-workers effectively.Document information and complete paperwork as requiredAbility and willingness to maintain a safe and ethical work environment, work as a team memberThe Manufacturing Operator may be cross-trained and work in multiple positions in the manufacturing process, operating various machines including batch, scrip coating, chopping and milling machines or textile machinery.Batch operation: Enter information into programmable logic control panel keypad, read and document temperatures, inspect batch interiors, follow a production schedule to load and unload batch carbonization furnaces with fibers, fabrics and yarns; wind carbon fiber fabrics/yarns.Scrim Coating operation: Coating material, which comes from the batch operation after carbonization, with a flame-retardant epoxy. Ensuring that material is completely coated and dried. Wind finished material onto cardboard cores.Chop operation: Feed continuous strands of carbon fiber through chopper to be cut to length per customer's specifications, monitor chopper to ensure correct operation of equipment.Mill operation: Feed fiber into feed end of mill process, monitor mill to ensure correct operation, inspect quality of processed material, ensuring customer specifications are met.Textile operation: Operate various types of textile equipment for the manufacture of carbon fiber yarns and fabrics such as stretch breaking, roving, winding and knitting machines in accordance with Operating Procedure Manual.Qualifications:Graduation from high school or a GED is requiredExperience of 1 year or more in manufacturing or a factory environment is strongly desiredAbility to perform simple mathematical calculations, read and interpret documents, follow procedures, document information, communicate effectively with shift lead and co-workersAbility to troubleshoot and take effective corrective action to resolve problemsWork Environment:The work environments characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The work environment is not air conditioned and is HOT and HUMID.Handling of carbon fiber may cause mild irritation. In some cases, the dust may cause allergic skin reactions.Moderately dirty because of materials and machinery handled.Excessive fly may be present.Strong odors may be present.Physical Requirements:Good finger and manual dexterityAbility to lift, turn, bend, squat, kneel, reach, pull, walk or stand for periods of timeAbility to tolerate heat and must be able to wear a dust mask and/or gloves as neededAbility to tolerate itchy materialAbility to lift, push, pull, push 50+ poundsAbility to ascend and descend a flight of stairs several times per dayZoltek is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status.Job Type: Full-timePay: $17.00 per hourQualificationsAdditional InformationZoltek offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including:Medical planDental planPrescription drug benefitsFlexible spending accountsVision insurancePaid Time OffHoliday payTuition assistance programShort term and long term disability coverageEmployee assistance programOptional life insurance 401(k) program.Application:For immediate consideration for this position, please upload your resume online by clicking on the "I'm Interested" button.

Keywords: Zoltek Corporation, Saint Charles , Manufacturing Operator, Other , Saint Charles, Missouri

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