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Machine Operator III

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

The Machine Operator is responsible for the setup, startup, operation, shutdown, and teardown of the extruder and related equipment.  Machine Operators are the key machinery in our operation:  they combine, cook, and form our food products in one continuous process.  Operators must perform minor trouble-shooting during operation, refer serious issues to appropriate personnel, and monitor and maintain consistent product quality.  Machine Operators also utilize a basic computer system and keep detailed paper records. 

Key responsibilities

  • Set up extruders including screw profile assembly, die inserts, pumps, cutters, and calibration of dry and liquid feeds using Company-issued hand tools.
  • Startup extruders according to strict protocol and under supervision.
  • Operate extruder including record keeping, basic product quality tests, trouble-shooting, and monitoring the flow of raw materials inputs.
  • Assist with detailed cleaning activities in Processing as well as other areas of plant on a regular basis.  This can occasionally mean entire shifts of cleaning duties. 
  • Deliver a clean, well-ordered work area to oncoming replacement.
  • Make minor adjustments on the machines.
  • Shut down machinery.
  • Tear down and clean machinery.

Qualifications and skills

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must have mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Previous manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Must have above average troubleshooting skills.
  • Must be self-motivated, a strong team player and able to work with minimum supervision.


Nearest Major Market: Mankato

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