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Forklift Operator/Machine Operator - 3rd Shift

Company: Nichols Farms
Location: Hanford
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Nichols Farms is one of the top processors of pistachios in the United States. For more than two decades, Nichols Farms has maintained superior quality and exceptional service in supplying pistachio and almond products to processing facility at their corporate headquarters in Hanford, California, employing over 350 employees. Join the Nichols Farms Team in their objective of continued growth. Nichols Farms possesses a strong employee-oriented environment dedicated to training and growth of team members.The Nichols Farms Mission and Vision supports a culture of striving for mutual success of our employees, suppliers and customers through operational excellence and educational development.POSITION SUMMARY:The Forklift Operator/Machine Operator is a hands-on team member who is responsible for supporting the Shift Supervisor and Processing Team. Will be certified to operate various lifts, to include forklift, boom lift and Scissor lift. In role of Machine Operator will operate Color Sort, pack lines (Raber/Bldg7). The Forklift Operator/Machine Operator will effectively communicate pertinent information to fellow employees, supervisors and managers. Provide recommendations to continuously improve area methods and processes.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Forklift Operator:

  • Load and unload products using forklift, boom and scissor lifts.
    • Responsible for filling, moving and dumping bins.
    • Dump and deliver product to specified unit locations in a safe and timely manner.
      • Fill bins and tag with ERP System.
      • Fill Totes on Pack Line 1.
      • Palletize/stretch wrap pallets
      • Accurately scan and tag bins to assigned location and create dumping tags.
      • Identify and report any faulty equipment and safety concerns to supervisor immediately.
      • Clean work area and equipment regularly by removing empty bins, pallets, plastic, including organizing and sweeping.
      • Request packaging from warehouse with enough lead time
      • Maintain lift equipment by trouble shooting breakdowns and performing routine pre and post inspections.
      • Review production schedule.
      • Record movements of supplies, materials and finished products in company logs and scanning system
        • Start up and stop of equipment, filling up lines/hoppers for next day operations, load and unload product to machines, conduct regular inspection of equipment scalper, needle sorters, color sorters, packline, etc., and complete request for Maintenance Work Orders to Supervisor when needed.
        • Effectively provide shift pass downs, and other information to fellow employees, supervisors, and managers.
        • Ensure Food Safety System are adhered to in all processes.
        • Includes the cleaning of forklift equipment, equipment tools used, and room upkeep of all machines.
          • Maintain and complete documentation of inventory for your area.
          • Perform other job duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor or manager.Machine Operator:
            • Support Processing Team as a Machine Operator for Color Sort (Optical Sorting) machines as needed.
            • Effectively provide shift pass downs, and other information to fellow employees, supervisors and managers.
            • Ensure updated program for color sort for incoming or rework product.
            • Run several sort programs as needed for specified product.
            • Maintain and complete documentation of inventory for your area.
            • Knowledge of pistachio products and by products, size, weight, color and/or condition.
            • Responsible for blending of nuts to meet established requirements.
            • Ensure proper operation of processing equipment by monitoring flow of materials and listening for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage and notify supervisors if corrective actions fail.
            • Ensure proper safe stacking of boxes and or Totes
            • Set up shift product program and feed change overs when required.
              • Ability to continuously use trunk strength-abdominal and lower back to support repeated bodily movement.
              • Ability to wear all PPE required.
              • Ability to push/pull/lift 50 lbs.
                • Perform other job duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor or manager.JOB ATTRIBUTES:
                  • Safety Awareness: Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety.
                  • Leadership: Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions that set good examples
                  • Time Management: Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.
                  • Adaptability: Ability to adapt to change in the workplace. Capable of functioning in a fast-paced entrepreneurial setting within all equipment functions in building six.
                  • Resource Management (People & Equipment) - Ability to obtain and appropriate the proper usage of equipment, facilities, materials, as well as personnel.
                  • Prioritization: Ability to quickly prioritize among numerous pressing tasks and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
                  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as ability to make presentations.
                  • Interpersonal: Ability to effectively build working relationships.
                  • Team Involvement: Works effectively with teams and work groups. Actively participates in problem solving and interacts with team and work groups to achieve team and organizational goals.
                  • Detail-oriented: Attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
                  • Continuous Improvement: Active participant in continuous improvement initiatives and goals. Seeks opportunities to improve self and processes.EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
                    • Forklift experience required
                    • Experience in machine operations a plus.
                    • Manufacturing experience preferred.
                    • Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.
                    • Possess good verbal and written communication skills.
                    • Computer knowledge is a plus or the ability to learn ERP and computer systems.
                    • Position Certifications: Must obtain and maintain Forklift, Boom lift, Scissor lift certifications.The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand, climb stairs, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception. The employee will, at times, be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as designated by the company. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the Company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Company may deem appropriate. EOE/M/F/D/V

Keywords: Nichols Farms, Hanford , Forklift Operator/Machine Operator - 3rd Shift, Professions , Hanford, California

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