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Monofilament Extrusion Operator

  • Job Title Monofilament Extrusion Operator
  • Function Operations
  • Sub Function Production
  • Location Athens, Georgia, United States
  • Date Posted
  • Requisition Number 2306098991W
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Responsible for using equipment for the assembly and processing tasks to produce finished products according to established specifications.

Accountable for adhering to all quality and safety guidelines.

Safely and efficiently executes daily tasks related to extrusion manufacturing of synthetic absorbable and non-absorbable multifilament products. Typical tasks include start-up, operation, and shut-down of extrusion and orientation processes, thread-up and doffing of production spools, testing of products, and troubleshooting of processes.



Under limited supervision and in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws/regulations and Corporate Johnson & Johnson, procedures and guidelines, this position:

Sets up production equipment to produce subassemblies or finished products.

Ensures production equipment is properly set up.

Checks products on assembly line to confirm that they are properly assembled and remove defective products.

Compiles records and reports on quality inspection results.

Cleans, maintains and performs basic repairs on equipment as needed.

Schedules maintenance and/or repairs on equipment as directed.

Prepares accurate records/documentation related to quality, work in progress, test results, and special projects.

Troubleshoots production problems.

Reports and documents unresolved production problems.

  1. Operates and navigates with the extruder computer control systems.
  2. Operates the Vac-U-Max polymer feed system and troubleshoots to eliminate feed problems.
  3. Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment (godets, orientation lines, kamitsus, Statimats, Denier counter, etc.) to produce denier VICRYL*, denier VICRYL* Mesh, PANACRYL*, and Ethilon fiber.
  4. Tests fiber denier and performs tray testing as required and when necessary troubleshoots process equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions.
  5. Tests fiber tenacity and elongation, and tracks results using SPC charting.
  6. Monitors equipment through measured checks of speeds and temperatures.
  7. Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide in conjunction with directions from a higher-level Extrusion Process Operator or supervision.
  8. Loads fiber in Tenney ovens at required intervals
  9. Records production data for tracking and evaluating run yield trends, actual yield, and audit progression.
  10. Handles hoppers or port-a-vacs appropriately, weighing and recording data to track polymer usage.
  11. Maintains accurate and legible documentation.
  12. Maintains housekeeping standards.
  13. Basic knowledge of CAMSTAR data system and inputs data as required.
  14. Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide and as directed by management.
  15. Manages the operation of six or more extruders running at the same time.
  16. Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce VICRYL* fiber using split stream or dual take-up and PANACRYL* fiber.
  17. Monitors environmental room conditions and initiates corrective actions as needed.
  18. Determines temperature start-up profiles based on IV and MI values and polymer history.
  19. Monitors and responds to quality issues based on SPC trending of fiber properties, fiber denier testing, and observations of physical appearance.
  20. Troubleshoots extruders (working closely with engineering support) and affiliated equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions to eliminate quality process issues.
  21. Monitors run yield trends, identifies process issues, recording appropriate information, and effectively communicating this information to support personnel, at shift change, and to management.
  22. Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce all denier sizes for VICRYL* (including monofilament), PANACRYL*, and Ethilon with minimal direction.
  23. Performs special projects as directed by Process Engineer or Facilitator.
  24. Applies an appropriate understanding of polymer behavior and extrusion technology to the extrusion process.
  25. Coordinates the efforts of others in their proper job function to minimize waste and maximize production yields.
  26. Learns new extrusion processes when opportunities are presented.


  • Operates personal computers (menu software applications, spreadsheet data entry)
  • Operates electronic balances, calculators, pyrometers, and hand tools.
  • Trains new associates in extrusion, orientation, and testing responsibilities
  • Interfaces with appropriate engineering, facilities, and instrumentation support representatives in a professional
  • manner to ensure manufacturing operations and projects receive effective and timely technical support.
  • Supports manufacturing teamwork in the daily communication by participating in shift change meetings and
  • sharing appropriate process information to ensure the timely resolution of manufacturing issues.
  • Follow written specifications to manufacture product.
  • Use associated test equipment
  • Adhere to FDA quality and worldwide quality systems
  • Comply with all job specific safety procedures and utilize PPE when necessary.
  • Comply with quality system requirements as defined within procedures and instructions.
  • Consistently meet required work performance targets (RE’s), if applicable
  • Support LEAN and Six Sigma Initiatives.
  • Support Maintenance Excellence (ME2) including 6S and Operator Asset Care.
  • Accurately complete records as defined within the job procedures (e.g. manual and/or electronic documentation).
  • Consistently meet required Training due date targets.
  • Responsible for communicating business related issues or opportunities to next management level
  • For those who supervise or manage a staff, responsible for ensuring that subordinates follow all Company guidelines related to Health, Safety and Environmental practices and that all resources needed to do so are available and in good condition, if applicable
  • Responsible for ensuring personal and Company compliance with all Federal, State, local and Company regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performs other duties assigned as needed


  • High school education, G.E.D. or equivalent skills, experience, or training.
  • Generally, Requires 4-6 Years Work Experience


  • Computer skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Education beyond high school (college, military, technical school, extrusion experience) is preferred.
  • Basic math skills: add, subtract, multiplication, division, percent, fractions.
  • Basic knowledge of industrial tools and instruments.
  • Basic knowledge of fiber physical properties and appearance quality (tenacity and elongation).
  • Basic knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) used to identify and respond to press trends.
  • Ability to make timely and accurate decisions.
  • Leadership skills are desirable.
  • Self-motivated and capable of completing job duties with minimal supervision.
  • Position reports to Athens, GA and/or Cornelia, GA.
  • Less than 5%.

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