Title:  Aerator Operator

Requisition ID:  638

Chicago, IL, US, 60624

Department:  Hourly Plant & Mill (Except Maintenance Roles)
Travel:  No Travel Required

OPPORTUNITY: We are a Food service folding carton manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Chicago, IL team. We’re recruiting for multiple positions so be sure you review all of our job postings.  This job posting is for an Aerator Operator with a pay range of $19.00 – $19.53 hour plus shift differential and progressive pay increases. We continually encourage our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression through our strong promotion from within program. We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, including health spending accounts and a progressive healthy lifestyle program, as well as 401-K with a company matching component and standard supplemental company contributions. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, and Tuition Reimbursement. Tabaco Cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.

JOB SUMMARY: The person who occupies this position is responsible to support production with raw materials/and or work in process as required by specific production jobs.


JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Replace wooden pallet with plastic pallet and aerate loads prior to printing, based on the production schedule.
  • Re-Aerate loads at pressman’s request.
  • Return special skids to appropriate department.
  • Communicate required information to work-workers and manager.
  • Straighten loads from air hammer strippers to avoid unnecessary waste and or/scarp when needed.
  • Remove sub quality materials. Separate materials by SBS, SUS, or recycled.
  • The ability to diagnose, trouble shoot equipment by early detection and sound machine while in operation.
  • The ability to identify quality defects with relation to quality of color, visual comparison of approved color sample, quality audits by visual inspection including reading job specifications, labels and job file jackets in addition to transferring written information of critical job related information from paperwork to white boards.
  • The Aerator will use the hand truck to bring the pallet of sheets to the Feeder Printer.
  • The Aerator will use the hand truck to place loads into the Aerator. They will operate the Aerator from a control panel pressing buttons.
  • Picking pallets in warehouse using electrical hand truck.



  • Manufacturing experience preferred
  • Must be flexible: Able to work all shifts, overtime and weekends when needed.



  • May required High School Diploma or equivalent required.



  • Schedule is a 12-hour shifts on alternate days with rotating weekends off.  However, employees must have the ability to work alternate schedules and overtime that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Some Departments/Jobs may run a M-F 8-hour Shift Schedule.
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime.



  • Sitting or standing, depending on changing job assignment, for extended periods.
  • Awkward and/or repetitive movements.
  • Physical demands and visual activities that are commonly associated* with the performance of the functions of this job:
    • Standing, walking, lifting (up to 52 lbs.), carrying (same as lifting), pushing (up to 40 lbs.), pulling (up to 40 lbs.), stooping, bending, reaching, handling, forward reach, simple grasp, ability to communicate with press members, visual acuity (far and near, color vision).
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment, Software:
    • Electric hand truck, Aerator machine
  • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature.
  • Inside Conditions noise (from printing presses and forklifts), vibration, odors, and dust.


GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago