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Employer:  Mid South Extrusion

Title:  Extruder Apprentice

Reports to:                  Sr. Lead Operator/Supervisor            Dept.:              Production

Classification:            Hourly - Non-Exempt                         Division:         Operations


The major function of the Extruder Apprentice is to prepare the finished rolls of film for shipment according to order instruction.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions:

One must be able to read a production work order to determine the needs for the product that is being manufactured.

Must be able to drive a forklift and know the safety requirements when doing so:

  • 1.      Seat belts must be worn at all times when operating equipment
  • 2.      Horns must be sounded at all crossings and blind spots
  • 3.      Forks must be kept close to the ground when driving without a load
  • 4.      Pace of the lift must be at the same as a brisk walk
  • 5.      Load being lifted must not exceed load capacity of the lift.
  • 6.      When transporting a load that impairs the drivers forward vision the lift must be driven in reverse giving the driver clear vision in his direction of travel.

Must know how to safely make a complete roll change and everything in between:

  • 1.      How to load a shaft into the winder.
  • 2.      How to install a core on to the shaft.
  • 3.      How to set the core into proper position on the shaft.
  • a.      How to apply the proper amount of air into the shaft to properly secure the core into position.
  • b.      How to apply tape or glue to the core when required:
  • c.      What is static pinning and when to use it
  • 4.      What to do if the film does not wrap onto the core.
  • 5.      How to cycle the winder.
  • 6.      How to cut the film over when required.
  • 7.      How to pull, label, and retain samples for the lab when required.
  • 8.      How to weigh the rolls in accordance to our roll weighing procedure:
  • a.      Weigh every roll that exceeds 14” in diameter; and
  • b.      One roll per packaged layer should be weighed for all others.
  • 9.       Ability to verify roll weights are within stated tolerances per the engineering.
  • 10.    How to wrap rolls in paper or poly when required.
  • 11.    How to apply roll headers and footers when required.
  • 12.    How to log roll data onto the production tally.
  • 13.    Must know how to completely fill out production tally sheet and record  production data on it.   
  • 14.4.   How to enter roll data into Vantage.
  • 15.   How to band pallets in accordance to standard operating procedures.
  • 16.   How to stretch wrap pallets.
  • 17.   How to transport and stage pallets once completed.

Must keep work area clean and organized:

  • 1.      Pallets stacked neatly
  • 2.      Cores stacked neatly
  • 3.      Trash, plastic scraps, strapping scraps, cups, etc. must be picked up as it is created;
  • 4.      Areas surrounding the lines must be swept up daily; and
  • 5.      Work stations must be kept clean and organized.

Must know how to bale, weigh, and label scrap properly.

Must know how to safely cut down scrap rolls:

  • 1.      Always wear a cut proof glove on your non-cutting hand; and
  • 2.      Always cut away from your body.  You must conform with PPE requirements and Safety Rules.

PPE requirements and Safety rules:

  • 1.      Eye protection is required anywhere in the plant.
  • 2.      Hearing protection is required when crossing the blue lines that are painted on the floor, heading towards the machines.
  • 3.      Safety toed shoes or boots are required everywhere in the plant.
  • 4.      Cut gloves are required to be worn on the opposite hand you use to hold a knife when cutting.
  • 5.      Maximum weight allowed to be lifted by one person is 80 pounds.  Anything heavier requires the aid from another person, forklift, big Joe or roll handlers.
  • 6.      Face shields are required to be worn anytime you are over the die during start up.
  • 7.      Each machine is equipped with multiple safety switches and devices.  Although the features are not the same for each machine, they all have safety devices in place to protect you from injury. These include pressure sensitive mats, light curtains, pull cords and emergency stop buttons.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


1.   Ability to safely splice over onto a new roll

2.       Ability to use banding equipment to prepare finished goods for safe shipment

3.       Ability to stand on feet for multiple hours at a time

4.       Ability to read a tape measure to the nearest 1/8”

5.       Ability to use a hand scanner

6.       Ability to accurately remember multi-digit number sequence and key into roll master system

7.       Ability to perform basic math skills; add, subtract, multiply, and simple division

8.       Ability to safely operate a forklift in tight spaces

9.       Ability to put a core onto a shaft and set it in to the proper position

Physical Demands:

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

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here 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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; extreme cold and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Education and/or Experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations can be made for Qualified ADA disabilities if they assist in enabling the employee to perform the essential functions and duties of this position.

*Mid-South is an equal opportunities employer. We want applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply:    Lisa C. Shore, SHRM-CP - lshore@midsouthextrusion.com

Employer:  CommuniHealth

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