Extruder Operator


: $78,610.00 - $169,070.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Manufacturing

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Job Location:: Orangeburg, SC - Orangeburg, SC

Red Collar Pet Foods is looking for an Extruder Operator to join our exciting new pet food business at one of our manufacturing plants. Who is Red Collar? We are pet people, and to us pets are family. We believe that they deserve good food made with wholesome and balanced nutrition in every bag and bowl. It is our commitment to quality ingredients and manufacturing exclusively in the U.S. which makes us all proud of our company and the pets we ultimately feed.

Purpose of Role

The Extruder Operator is responsible and accountable for assuring all formulas are manufactured according to Q&FS specifications and QMP standards in support of the Company's Quality and Food Safety principles.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Is the main point of contact for all resources in the processing area of the plant
  • Coordinates all processing area activities and a safe, food safe, and efficient manner in alignment with shift, area, and plant goals
  • Performs all assigned activities and job tasks within a line or area
  • Operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner
  • Takes corrective actions in solving problems to root cause level
  • Assess equipment operating reliability and perform routine repairs, adjustments and malfunction troubleshooting
  • Performs and/or works with Maintenance to complete equipment preventive maintenance
  • Maintains accurate records of QC checks, production numbers or waste performance
  • Performs all shift support documentation in a quality matter
  • Performs QC tasks such as magnet checks, inspection of date codes, item numbers, dump logs, equipment attributes, all extruder and dryer system process control checks, etc.
  • Demonstrates high degree of ownership for product quality: Performs all standard quality checks & other quality related duties
  • Understands production schedules, production computer systems, work instructions and production inventories
  • All associates are responsible for the safety, quality and food safety in their work area
  • Demonstrate a quality culture in actions, words and spirit
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management

Functional Accountabilities
  • Assure the process equipment and all supporting processes are in compliance with Q&FS, QMP, and performance objectives at the following process flow points. This is subject to change based on operational requirements: Conditioning, Extrusion, Drying and Coating
  • Q&FS Testing Equipment
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
  • Team player, Action oriented, Problem solving abilities, Strong communication skills and Continuous self-development
  • Must be capable of working at elevated heights and or confined space
  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform)
  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 55 lbs.
  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals
  • Knowledge of local, federal, and industry regulations with regards to: Food Safety (GMP, HACCP), Food Quality (Product and Process)
  • Q&FS testing practices and procedures, QMP polices, and SPC


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High school diploma, GED or equivalent education
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language
  • Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures
  • Ability to read and understand the daily production run schedule, and execute to that plan
  • Ability to communicate to managers and team members any production, quality/food safety or other business critical information vital to operations and customer service
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language
  • Successful completion of a substance screening and background check

Preferred Qualications:
  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines
  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline
  • Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC
  • Demonstrated competency in computer and pc software including MS Office and email
  • Knowledge of inventory control principles
  • Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification
  • Experience with JD Edwards

Red Collar Pet Foods is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request
Associated topics: calibrate, qa tech, quality, quality assurance, quality control, quality control/quality assurance, quality manager, quality technician, requalification, test * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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