Assistant Extrusion Operator

Date: Feb 23, 2024

Location: Rural Retreat, VA, US, 24368

Company: Klöckner Pentaplast

The Company

kp is a globally recognised leader in the packaging and specialty film industry, renowned for its unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation. The need to act on climate change has never been clearer so we incorporate sustainability into everything we do by #InvestingInBetter - creating innovative products that enhance product protection, shelf life and contribute to reducing the overall carbon footprint.
At kp, we are passionate about ensuring our customers' satisfaction, and we strive to achieve this goal by focusing all our efforts on meeting their evolving needs. Our dedication to drive a positive change in the packaging industry with a focus on quality and sustainability has earned us a reputation as a trusted partner for businesses worldwide.


Summary: Assists in the set-up and operation of a machine to produce quality product in accordance with predetermined specifications and production schedules by performing the following duties.                                                  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include those found in the Utility Person description and the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Assists the Extruder Operator in setting up the Extrusion Machine and helps to assure a smooth start for each new order.


  • Gives specific attention to examining the quality of the sheet product regularly to assure a consistent result.


  • Handles any feed problems that may develop due to material or machinery defects.


  • Assists the Extrusion Utility Person with assuring that all paperwork is maintained and complete.


  • May assist the Extruder Operator in training the Utility Person.


  • May operate the Extrusion Machine in the absence of the Extruder Operator.


  • Inspects and tests all raw materials on incoming trucks before being loaded into the silos.


  • Assures all daily routine PM’s are performed during system clean ups.


  • Grinds and bags rework accurately, records the weight and properly tags the bags for storage.


  • Follows good safety and housekeeping practices in their assigned work area.


       Supervisory Responsibilities:       N/A



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.


Education and/or Experience:                                               

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills:                                                          

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


        Mathematical Skills:                                                    

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability:                                                       

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills:                                                          

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.


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. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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 occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



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If you are determined, thrive in a fast-paced environment with high levels of accountability and focus, then we’d love to meet you! Please apply using the link below.

At kp, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is vital to our global success. We welcome applicants from all identities, ideas, perspectives and experiences and encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We aim to create an inclusive culture where our employees feel empowered to play to their strengths and see themselves reflected in the organization without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual preference, marital status, or inclusion in any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia