Title:  Machine Operator

Requisition ID:  834

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

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

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.


Machine Operator:

  • $1500 Retention Bonus for New Hires and Qualifying Rehires
  • Starting At $19.53
  • Benefits Start on the 1st Of the Month Following Your Start Date


Duties include: cleaning machines and surroundings, starting and stopping finishers, loading blanks on to finishers and loading bottom stock on to finishers.




Needle nose pliers, putty knives, paper towels, rags, spray bottles, compressed air guns, utility knife, broom, mop, ergo tug, and other various hand tools.



  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Actively engaged, involved, and current in SWO process; Participate in safety meetings and safety tours.
  • Ensure production of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Load blanks.
  • Operate Ergo tug to move blank carts. Assist Lead Operator in retrieving and returning blank carts.
  • Assist the Quality department in sorting through finished product at our distribution center.
  • Relieve Packers during break and lunch periods. Assist Material Handler and Padlocker Operator, as required.
  • Help maintain bottom stock ink jet printers
  • Stop, start and monitor operation of machines, checking fluids and maintaining cleanliness, ensuring machines continue running properly.
  • Make minor adjustments to solve possible defects. If adjustments do not solve the defect, communicate with the Lead Operator.
  • Remove excess damaged paper stock from the machine tops and clears bottom paper stock from scrap tube.
  • Empty spoilage boxes from both side wall stock and bottom stock continuously during the shift.
  • Assist Lead Operators in servicing the machine with glue, mineral oil or silicone required for proper operation.
  • Assist Lead Operator with quality checks on product: fiber teardown, print, scuffs, and proper date code
  • Move, place, and thread bottom stock and safely secure to finisher with minimum waste
  • Record mineral oil usage for machines you are responsible for (total used per shift)
  • Complete a machine operator finishing rounds checklist prior to the end of the shift
  • Notify Shift Supervisor or Group Leader of problems that arise beyond the scope of Machine Operator’s duties.
  • Maintain 5S in assigned area. Maintain work system tools.
  • Actively participate in daily team production meetings and communicate key items within the plant environment on safety, quality, maintenance, production and continuous improvement.
  • Perform basic preventative maintenance tasks, i.e. basic cleaning of machine, etc.
  • Ensure that all equipment meets safety standards and is checked routinely throughout the shift
  • Once qualified, instruct and train others.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Communicate effectively with oncoming shift.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Assist in other areas or perform other duties, as assigned.



  • Basic mechanical background and skill to perform technical tasks; Able to use hand tools properly and safely.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment:  Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision: Ability to follow verbal or written instructions.
  • Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.  This includes: Walking or standing for extended periods of time, up to 12-hours; Lifting to 50lbs; Lowering 30lbs from a height of 4 feet; Carrying to 30 lbs.; Visual acuity and depth perception; Working in various temperatures & humidity levels.

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: Decatur