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Machine Operator I in Lodi, CA at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 5/5/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Lodi, CA
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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


CA Lodi

Job Type:

Production Operations

Job Posting Title:

Machine Operator I

Job Description:

Department:  Bread

Start Time:  9:00 AM  **Start time may vary by up to 1 hour earlier or later to align with production needs**


Operates one or more production machines which may include but is not limited to the Box machine, Affeldt machine, Rheon machine (Donuts), Hinds Bock, or Laminator by performing the following duties (see attached task lists for specific machine operation).  Helpers for the Mixers, Rheon, Oven and Canol are also classified as Machine Operator l.


  • Set up, Start up, disassemble, reassemble and operate machine during production
  • Adjusts machine as needed to improve performance
  • Continuously inspects machine for safety concerns and appropriately addresses the concern
  • Pays attention to details – knows when something is wrong and takes corrective action and notifies lead as appropriate
  • Ensures that product specifications are being achieved (i.e., weight, height, length, color)
  • Notifies Lead if there is a problem (e.g., with the line, any safety concerns, mechanical issues, etc.)
  • Safely cleans machine and work area during shift, at changeovers and at the end of shift
  • Participates in and/or leads Lean (5S, Autonomous Maintenance) activities and may include Sanitation tasks.
  • Performs other assigned duties as required


  • Complies with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and all other food safety requirements
  • Complies with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) requirements
  • Reports any food safety problems or potentially unsafe practices/conditions to the Lead or Supervisor
  • Be able to safely lift items from 10-30 pounds – boxes, scrap bins, garbage bins
  • In certain positions may be required to lift heavier items 30-50 pounds – bags of flour, buckets of ingredients, corn syrup
  • Certification required for operating Pallet Jacks, Fork Lifts, Lock-out/Tag-out


  • Some positions require working in cold conditions when dealing with frozen products or working in freezers and will require additional protective clothing
  • Some positions will require working in very hot conditions when dealing with products going into and out of ovens and will require wearing protective gloves
  • Some positions will require working in elevated platforms up to 12ft high.
  • Most positions are located in areas with loud noise and will require the employee to wear protective ear plugs
  • Other conditions include flour dust, wet floors, occasional smoke and fumes if bread burns, occasional fumes from cleaning chemicals (ammonia)
  • Work with pressurized air and water approximately 10% of the time.
  • Chemical Handling/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  approximately 5% of the time


  • These positions have no direct supervisory responsibilities
  • Daily interaction with the Team Leader and Supervisor
  • Works according to standard instructions/procedures and informs Team Leader or Supervisor of problems
  • Bi-lingual employees may be called upon to translate meetings, instructions or other information


  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; responds well to questions
  • Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; maintains a positive attitude; generates ideas and suggestions that improve the team’s performance, the efficiency of the process or the quality of the products
  • Ethics - Treats people from own and other cultures with respect; works with honesty and integrity; upholds organizational values
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; is consistently at work and on time
  • Flexibility and adaptability – Must be able to deal with sudden changes in scheduling; working long hours as necessary; filling in on other positions to help out when needed
  • Language skills – Should be able to read the necessary documents and procedures and write in English as well as communicate in English to other employees. Ability to speak Spanish an added plus
  • Mathematical Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Decision-making – Able to handle problems and think through to solutions. Knows when to act independently and when to involve the Team Leader or Supervisor
  • Attention to Detail – Makes sure correct ingredients being used for the product being run; ingredients are not past their expiration dates; correct machine parts installed

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or 3-6 months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Moderate mechanical aptitude is needed.
  • Proficiency in performance of the Line Worker (Level 1 & 2) position tasks;
  • Must be willing to work weekends and overtime as required
  • Computer skills – ability to learn specific software programs to access paperwork, program equipment for running specific products, produce labels
  • Ability to read, write, speak English preferred
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.  These include:
    • Constant Walking, Standing on hard concrete surface
    • Frequent Bending, Stooping, Squatting, Pushing, Pulling
    • Occasional Lifting and Ladder climbing
    • Periodic lifting of up to 50 lbs 

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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