Title:  Aerator Operator

Requisition ID:  4520

Chicago, IL, US, 60624

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

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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.


A World of Difference. Made Possible.


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.



Pay Range:    - 


GPI’s Benefit Program

  • Competitive Pay
  • 401(k) w/employer matching
  • Health & Welfare Benefits
    • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage
    • Short and Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
    • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Various Voluntary benefits
  • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off + 11 paid company holidays each year


Applications accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.


Graphic Packaging 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, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago