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Title:  Press Operator Assistant

Requisition ID:  17498-159

Kingston Springs, TN, US, 37082

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

Entry Level position.  3-2-2-3 shift.  Every other weekend off!  $17.00 starting pay!  $1,500 sign on bonus (paid every other month over first year)  Full benefits available the 1st month after hire date!


  • Checks production schedule.
  • Reads and understands work order.
  • Prepares (bends) plates for upcoming job and stages them.
  • Prepares Ink for upcoming job and returns unused Ink.
  • Prepares coating plate and returns previous uses plate.
  • Assist press crew during press wash up and make-ready.
  • Reads all UPC and 2of5 codes.
  • Relieves press crews for breaks and lunch.
  • Refills coating drum and foundation solution tanks. Replaces filters as needed.
  • Responsible for press room housekeeping. Associate is responsible to keep work area clean, empty trash, sweep daily (vacuum floors and under press) and maintain a 5S status on both presses.
  • Keep all printing supplies staged (Rags, wash up solution and MRC).
  • Empties dirty rag buckets daily.
  • Informs supervisor when supplies are low.
  • Cross train on duties of 2nd press operator.
  • Assist with roller changes.
  • Perform basic press maintenance.
  • Knowledge of job hazard and Lockout procedure – reports unsafe conditions to supervisor.
  • Comply with plant safety and Personal Protective Equipment requirements.
  • Promptly reports any food safety and quality concerns to the Department Manager or Quality Team.
  • Removes scrap pallet from the press.
  • Return mylars to storage.
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Ability to obtain a valid tow motor license and pass tow motor exam.
  • Ability to pass isochromatic color vision test yearly.
  • Job requires reading comprehension, strong mechanical aptitude and availability to work overtime as needed.
  • Must also be detail-oriented and have excellent quality driven work habits.
  • Ability and desire to advance through the job line of progression to become a 2nd/1st press operator. GPI provides on the job training!
  • Lifting from floor to waist up to 35 lbs. frequently. Able to bend, squat, step up steps to sheeter platform.
  • Pushing/pulling using manual pallet jack to move pallets (Av. 1000lbs, 55” high) of paperboard.
  • Manufacturing environment, noisy at times (hearing protection required), heated and cooled.

Required Experience

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. Learn more about us at

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

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.

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