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Title:  Lead Operator Apprentice - Blanking

Requisition ID:  10149-159

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade: 

OPPORTUNITY: We are a Foodservice cup forming manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Shelbyville, Illinois team. This job posting is for a Lead Operator Apprentice - Blanking.   Pay begins at $20.37, progressing to $21.65/hr through 18 Months, plus $0.75/hour night shift differential.  We continually encourage our employees to advance their careers through on-the-job training and job progression through our strong promotion from within program.  Many of our roles are skilled trade positions and our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry.   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, and a 401-K program with a company matching component and standard supplemental company contributions. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation programs and an Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


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JOB SUMMARY: Sets up and maintains equipment used in the manufacturing of paper blanks. Duties include: efficient operation of multiple blanking machines, housekeeping, trouble-shooting production issues, producing a quality product, completing start-up and shut down procedures, change-over of tooling, working in a productive manner and adhering to all safety guidelines.  Understand and align business operations through execution of the role, exceeding customer expectations and aligning with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.



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

  • Work within and adhere to GPI’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships and Teamwork
  • Be actively engaged in safety programs
  • Ensure production and distribution of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standard
  • Perform continuous operation of blanking machines to ensure efficient production levels
  • Perform regular quality checks to maintain acceptable quality levels and trouble-shoot quality issues quickly as they arise
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met
  • Housekeeping of work area and equipment
  • Maintain blanking machines to ensure proper function and efficient production levels
  • Perform proper machine change-overs, set-ups, adjustments and repairs of blanking equipment to ensure standard quality and production levels
  • Perform Blanker Operator duties in their absence as needed (i.e. break time)
  • Start and stop machines as required
  • Repair or replace broken or worn machine parts
  • Responsible for doing tooling changeovers
  • Perform duties in a productive manner, following safety guidelines at all times.
  • Once, qualified, instruct and mentor new Lead Operator Apprentices when needed
  • Properly use and understand PPM’s and TCC’s
  • Communicate with incoming/outgoing Lead Operator at the beginning and end of the shift for any immediate changes or issues in the department. Review department scheduled product runs for the shift and any product changeovers.
  • Maintain work system tool requirements
  • Meet KPM requirements
  • Complete daily paperwork and computer production reports
  • Fulfill overtime requirements necessary to ensure production requirements are met
  • Ensure shut-down and start-up requirements are met before and after the completion of the shift
  • Report to the Group Leader or Supervisor any machine downtime for repair or maintenance
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Department Supervisor

Required Skills


  • 18 years or older
  • 3 years of machine operation experience in a manufacturing environment
  • High degree of mechanical ability. Must have skills to perform the basic technical tasks
  • Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills
  • Basic computer literacy and keyboarding skills
  • Ability to work in a high paced and multi-taking environment
  • Maintains positive team environment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and highly detail oriented
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instruction



  • High School Diploma or GED required



  • 12-hour shifts with rotating weekends off
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: A Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.  This includes: Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time, up to 12-hours; Lifting up to 50 lbs. to a height of 3 feet; Pushing blank carts weighing up to 1,500 lbs. (2-person job); Visual acuity and depth perception; Working in various temperatures & humidity levels.



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.

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 EEO is the Law Poster.