Extruder Operator 

Primary Purpose of this Position: This position is responsible for the loading of product into trucks and/or dry van trailers and maintaining records of all product shipped and received. This role is also responsible for keeping work area clean and safe.

Key Responsibilities: The following statements describe the key responsibilities to be performed by the position. Key responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

1) The operation of all equipment pertaining to the Extrusion operation including the mixing conditioning,
extrusion, drying, grinding, binning and transfer of products and all other equipment related to the extruder’s
2) All necessary on-line quality checks, such as moistures, pH, bulk density and sieving and the use of the lab
equipment for the tests. This will also include the use of statistical data to make decisions around the
process quality.
3) Completion of various shift reports, including outputs, quality data as well as documentation of
issues/changes made on the process during the operation on shift.
4) Maintenance and PM responsibilities which will include the oiling of equipment, sieve repair and screen
replacement, belt changing and various repairs to extrusion equipment. These duties will also include
documentation of changes as well as work orders and other related paperwork.
5) Cleaning responsibilities which will include GMP expectations for daily, weekly and monthly requirements.
This will include completion of all Master Sanitation requirements including documentation as well as general
clean-up duties for daily sanitation and fumigations.
6) Responsibility for safe work practices as well as helping to create a safe work environment through the use
of OSHA-required programs and the necessary documentation. These will include LOTO, Machine Guarding
and Personal and Protective Equipment guidelines as well as other pertinent safety requirements.
7) General written, verbal and computer skills to be able to communicate effectively with other plant personnel.
This will include data tracking, reporting, follow-up work and correspondence as needed.
8) Participation in a team environment which will include participation in meetings, working with other team
members to solve problems and identify issues and accept a leadership role when necessary to ensure peak
mill performance and results. This may include participation in testing, troubleshooting systems and
equipment as well as working with outside vendors and/or consultants to continuously improve the extrusion
9) Understand all areas of the Extrusion operation. This will include the interrelationship of all of the extrusion
flows and processes as well as all other requirements of the position. The Extruder Operator will also be a
key person in the training of all incoming personnel, which will include documentation of progress for
performance assessment.
10) Other duties may be assigned as necessary to ensure the overall performance of the extrusion operation and/or the needs of LifeLine Foods. 

11) Responsible for Food Safety and quality.
Lifeline Foods’ philosophy is to maintain a flexible, cooperative and collaborating work environment; in that regard, this
position will be expected to perform duties outside the key responsibilities.

Minimum Requirements: The following is the requisite education and/or work experience for this position.

High school diploma or the equivalent is preferred. Previous extrusion experience is highly desirable for a candidate to
fill this position, either from within Lifeline Foods or an outside source.

Success Skills: The following are the skills needed to be successful in this position. Examples; leadership,
communication, innovation, conflict management, problem solving, self-starter, etc

A successful candidate must be a good oral communicator and be able to understand both oral and written instructions
as well as possessing basic computer skills. They must be able to work on their own and utilize trouble-
shooting/process analysis skills as well as seeking improvements and better ways to do things in their skill area. The
candidate must be able to work in a team environment, including participation in meetings, special assignments and
handle conflict in an effective and constructive manner. The person must also have the necessary leadership skills to
direct the activities of their shift and give feedback to other operators and GMP personnel on performance and training needs