Extrusion Operator


  • Set-up/start-up extruder and make die adjustments as required.
  • Efficiently string the line, doff rolls and grind scrap.
  • Record and monitor line settings and react quickly to any process changes in order to avoid major line disruptions.
  • Ensure quality of the product by use of calipers, scales, micrometers and/or other measurement devices or equipment.
  • Prepare and complete quality control paperwork, production tracking and computer data entry on a daily basis.
  • Report any machinery problems to the Lead Operator/Supervisor or Manager and communicate with maintenance the required machine repairs.
  • Maintain a chronological logbook for the extrusion processes by shift and document any shift issues or events.
  • Maintain good housekeeping on machines, floors, trashcans and waste according to AIB requirements.
  • Operate forklift to prepare, maintain and retrieve raw materials while ensuring proper set-up for the next shift.
  • Properly label, pelletize and stage finished product.
  • Use PeopleSoft to report production, generate labels and consume product.
  • Cross-training on all extrusion processing equipment. i.e., blending system, vacuum system, screen changer, extruder controls, winders, etc.
  • Perform any other assigned duties or tasks requested by management.


  • Read, write and perform simple math and have a good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Must be able to read and use measurement instruments.
  • Requires the ability to plan and perform a sequence of operations where standards and recognized operation methods are available and the making of general decisions regarding quality, set up and tolerances.
  • Forklift certification required.
  • Must be able to work 12-hour shifts.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Physical demands:

  • Vision correctable to 20/20.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs. from floor to waist high.
  • Frequent bending and stooping.
  • Frequent standing the majority of the 12-hour shift.
  • Use a utility knife following prescribed safety regulations.

Working conditions:

Lighting is good and temperatures will be hot in summer and cold in the winter. Earplugs, eye protection, steel toed shoes and hair nets are required in the production area. Gloves, face-shield and other various types of protective equipment must be worn when working around the extruder(s).


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.