Title:  Press Operator Assistant

Requisition ID:  3275

Kingston Springs, TN, US, 37082

Department:  Hourly Maintenance, Electricians & Mechanics
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.




Entry Level position.  3-2-2-3 shift.  Every other weekend off!  

$1,500 sign on bonus 

Full benefits, including excellent 401(k)


POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for supporting the printing department by assisting pressroom personnel and keeping up pressroom needs. Takes daily direction from the press operator.


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


  • Reviews production schedule to verify correct material needed.
  • Reads and understands work orders for the job.
  • Prepares (bends) plates for upcoming job and stages them.
  • Prepares coating plate and returns previous used plate.
  • Assists press crew during press wash up and MR.
  • Reads all UPC and 2 of 5 codes.
  • Relieves press crews for breaks and lunch.
  • Responsible for keeping work area clean, emptying trash, sweeping (vacuum floors under press) and maintaining a 5S status on both presses.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment being responsible for keeping all printing supplies staged (i.e., rags, wash up solution, MRC) and emptying the dirty rag buckets on a daily schedule.
  • Communicates to supervisor when the supplies are getting low.
  • Cross trains on duties of the 2nd press operator.
  • Assists with roller changes and performs basic press maintenance.
  • Knowledgeable of job hazards and lockout procedures, reports any unsafe conditions to supervisor immediately.
  • Complies with all company and department safety, quality, productivity, and security procedures, including usage of proper PPE at all times.
  • Ensures total quality of the job while in operation, performs quality checks and accurate documentation.
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.


Required Skills:


  • Ability to pass Isochromatic color vision test yearly.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and follow instructions.
  • Ability to operate a pallet jack and forklift to move material.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to frequently lift 25 pounds and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to regularly stand and use hands to fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Frequently required to reach with hands and arms and occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Must be able to work 12-hour shifts on alternate days with rotating weekends off.
  • Must be flexible; able to work other shifts, overtime and weekends when needed.


Preferred Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent GED
  • Work experience in manufacturing environment preferred


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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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