Title:  Lead Operator Apprentice - Blanking (Night Shift)

Requisition ID:  20577-159

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

Lead Operator Apprentice - Blanking: 

  • $1500 Retention Bonus for New Hires and Qualifying Rehires
  • Starting At $22.48, progressing to $23.61 at 18 Months
  • Benefits Start on the 1st Of the Month Following Your Start Date


Set up and maintain equipment used in the production of blanks. Duties include start-up and shut down of equipment, troubleshooting, change-over of tooling, and housekeeping.


Hand tools, wrenches, screwdrivers, T-handles, Allen wrenches, brooms, air hose, lock-out padlock, pry bar, and ball peen hammer, power tools such as impact wrenches, tape measure, written procedures.


  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Be engaged, involved and current in SWO process; Participate in safety meetings and safety tours.
  • Ensure equipment meets safety standards, monitoring throughout the shift.
  • Observe, mitigate and/or report unsafe acts or conditions.
  • Maintain continuous, safe operation of blanking equipment, producing quality product at efficient production levels.
  • Complete shut-down and start-up procedures.
  • Produce products consistent with established food safety, sanitation, and quality standards.
  • Set up, adjust, and repair equipment utilizing written standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and trouble cause correction (TCC’s) instructions.
  • Maintain 5S in work area. Maintain a clean machine to avoid malfunctions and hazards.
  • Perform prescribed quality checks. Trouble-shoot quality concerns.
  • Notify supervisor and/or group leader of problems that arise beyond a Lead Operator’s typical scope, i.e., poor product quality, excessive spoilage, mechanical and materials issues.
  • Complete daily paperwork and computer production reports.
  • Once qualified, instruct and train others, including other lead operators and apprentices.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisor, group leader, peers, other employees, and oncoming shift.
  • Actively participate and maintain Work System initiatives.
  • Perform blanker operator and/or blanker packer duties, as required; relieve for breaks and lunches; Assist in other areas, as needed.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Experience and ability to work in a fast-paced/multi-tasked manufacturing environment.
  • Basic mechanical background and skill level to perform technical tasks:
    • Familiar with and able to use hand and power tools properly and safely (reference “Work Devices” section of this job posting)
    • Familiar with mechanical components and equipment
    • Basic troubleshooting skills
  • General computer experience.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills; Must be able to work well with all levels of personnel, individually or in a team environment; Must be able to interface and communicate with others to assist with repairs and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to take direction from others, and to follow verbal or written instructions.
  • Able to work well on own, as well as work well with and through others to accomplish goals.
  • Able to work overtime, and to work on alternate shifts to facilitate training and to cover the opposite shift.
  • Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation. 


  • Once a Lead Operator vacancy occurs, and after shift preferences awarded, the employee with the most time served as an Apprentice must take that vacancy. They will continue with the apprentice qualification timeline until qualified.
  • Apprentices may be scheduled to work other shifts as business conditions require.
  • Apprentice training may be scheduled off-shift, if necessary. (Majority of training will occur on shift).

Required Experience



At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! 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 care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader 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 www.graphicpkg.com.

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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 EEO is the Law Poster.

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