Press Operator, Molding Department

Position Purpose:

The Press Operator, Molding Department performs a variety of production functions within the Department. This would include but not be limited to: operating an injection press for plastic parts, packing parts, sonic welding, trimming, sanding, grinding, heating, and milling of plastic parts/components.

This position is for Second Shift, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Key competencies include:

  • Operate a plastics injection press, open press door and pull part out;
  • Perform cooling operation, dip part in water or wipe part off with alcohol;
  • Trim off flash or sprue using knife, clippers, or heat gun;
  • Pack finished parts in plastic wrap, bags, and/or boxes, assemble boxes, stacks or push boxes into position for pick up;
  • Sand parts when needed;
  • Clean/wipe off residue from mold, spray mold with mold release or cleaner;
  • Assemble parts including snapping together, put grommets and inserts into parts, drill holes with mill, tap threads into parts using tap machine and sonic weld inserts;
  • Grind sprues and rejected parts by putting them into grinding machine;
  • Inspect parts per quality criteria;
  • Detect and notify inspection and shift supervisor of reject conditions found during the shift;
  • Complete operator stuffer sheet and place in each carton of parts;
  • Accurately account for production run quantities during shift by completing a “Molding Operator Defect Log” sheet;
  • Communicate specific job requirements to the next shift operator and receive instructions from previous shift operator;
  • Perform general cleanup in department as required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned and directed.

Reports to:

Shift Foreman


Education: Ninth grade education or higher

Knowledge: An ability to read and write and understand basic arithmetic. Must be able to follow verbal as well as written instructions.

Experience: None, although 6 months’ or more experience on plastic injection presses is preferred.

Independent Judgment: Slight uses when inspecting parts and equipment. Must understand and apply quality standards.

Quality: Follow operational procedures. The Press Operator must be attentive to details with zero defects as the goal. It is extremely important to focus on quality of work first so as to dramatically reduce rejects. Handles and protects all parts with the utmost care. Even rejected parts should be handled carefully to reduce the amount of rework needed to save the parts. Molding Press Operators have the main responsibility for quality inspections of all molded parts, It is the operator’s responsibility to inspect parts 100% per quality criteria established for each part as documented on operator instructions for each job. Whenever secondary operations are performed at the press, such as trimming gate vestiges, milling, inserting and sanding, the press operator is responsible to inspect the part 100% per quality criteria established before placing part in the box. Press Operators are responsible for notifying the shift supervisor when the press stars producing parts with a higher than normal reject fallout.

Physical Exertion: Lift 30 lbs or less. Most jobs require standing the entire shift. The Press Operator rotates on all machines, Jobs will vary. Each requires the use of hands, wrists and shoulders and hand/eye coordination. Jobs may require bending, twisting, stooping and use of the back depending on the size if a part and nature or job.  Being a custom shop, jobs continuously change on a regular basis, Operators have to work in conditions involving heat and may involve dust when sanding and grinding.

Tools: Plastic injection presses, sanders and sandpaper, knife(s), heat guns, water tubes, parts fixtures, sanding tables, part tongs/clips, air compressed cutters, hand clippers, air drills, swivel trimmers, dust vacuums, grinders, conveyor ramps, robotic ramps, rags, emery cloth, pads, aerosol spray cans, markers, pencils, gloves, tape,  glasses/goggles, hearing protectors, shrink wrap, cardboard boxes and inserts.

Attendance: Must be in attendance on a regular, full time basis and conform to all Company Attendance Policies. Must be available and willing to work all shifts and overtime (including weekends) as necessary/required.


Hourly bargaining unit non-exempt. This is an “at will” position.


Interested individuals should fill out our online application. In-person applications are not accepted at our facility.

Ferriot, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Rev. 6/13/2018

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