Equipment Operator

Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Clearwater Paper
Shelby, NC
Category: Operations
Job Type: Hourly

Clearwater Paper

Company Description

Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. At Clearwater Paper, we're dedicated to the success of our customers and our employees. If you're looking for a sense of purpose, teamwork, and a leading company that's growing fast, we're looking for you.

Job Description

Equipment Operator

Purpose: Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) is a $1.8B manufacturer of quality consumer tissue, away from home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard, and pulp at its 13 manufacturing and converting locations across the nation. Working at Clearwater Paper provides an opportunity to enrich your career through challenging and meaningful work and ongoing training and development—all in a supportive environment. We know our success depends on your success.

Our Shelby, NC location produces and converts the tissue or paper used in private label bath and facial tissue for grocery stores across the U.S. The Equipment Operator (Machine Operator) is responsible for managing specific functions on the Converting Line including automatic and manual processes and machines.  Equipment Operators will begin on the line learning one function and will progress throughout the department, learning multiple roles and machines, providing an opportunity for increased responsibility and compensation.  This is a Machine Operator position. Starting Pay is $18-$21.40 depending on experience.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Operational and Quality Control
 Prep and load material in preparation for different machines
 Operate and observe machines using computer systems and controls
 Troubleshoot machines and request maintenance as needed
 Respond to misfeed or jams in machine, removing damaged product as needed
 Maintain fluid level/oil and lubricant as needed, monitor adhesive levels for cores and cases
 Perform product quality checks
 Operate both manually and with crane to transfer and move finished product
 Complete product changeovers efficiently and according to specifications
 Fill in throughout department as needed, assisting with other functions of the converting line

Safety and Housekeeping 

 Hold self and others to high level of safety standards, ensuring workplace safety policies are upheld and safety rules
are followed (lockout/tagout procedures, appropriate PPE)
 Participate as needed in safety incidents and help investigate root cause
 Maintain a clean working environment by complying with procedures and housekeeping responsibilities
 Pick up debris and excess tissue, core stock, plastic wrap, cardboard cases or slip sheets. Sweep and use air hose to
blow down tissue particles from in and around machine

Key Competencies & Attributes
Commitment is our Cornerstone: Safety First, Do as You Say, Improve Always
For example – Hold self and others to a high level of safety standard. Prioritize and execute on daily tasks.
Look for opportunities to improve with a continuous learning mindset.
Collaboration Makes a Stronger Team: Foster Diversity, Solve Problems Together, Build Trust
For example – Recognize and appreciate each other’s differences. Work effectively with team members
across departments.
Communication Builds Bridges: Listen to Understand, Speak with Candor and Respect, Include Others
For example – How a high level of respect and inclusiveness for team members.
Courage in Action: Challenge the Status Quo, Break Down Barriers, Debate, Decide, and Go
For example – Show a willingness to tactfully speak up. Focus on continuous improvement.
Character Matters: Never Stop Caring, Lead with Integrity, Own It
For example – Work with a high level of motivation.  Act with integrity in every situation.  Adapt and shift as priorities

 High school Diploma or Equivalent required
 2+ years of experience working in industrial production preferred
 Experience in paper manufacturing preferred
 Forklift/Clamp truck certification preferred


 Familiar with enterprise work order system preferred
 Familiar with Digital Control System for Machine Operators preferred
 Thorough understanding of manufacturing safety procedures (lockout/tagout, confine spaces, personal protective
equipment, etc.) preferred
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office products preferred

Illustrative Essential Functions
 Able to work in a physically demanding environment including temperature extremes, loud noise, avoiding slipping,
tripping, and falling hazards
 Physically capable of manual labor that includes bending, walking, and climbing in and around machinery and
equipment for entire 12-hour shift
 Utilize hand tools, oil jugs, small and large core chucks, and product slabs
 Able to lift to 40 lbs. frequently, between 40 and 50 lbs. occasionally, over 50 lbs. minimally.  When lifting 50 lbs. and
above, Operator will use team lifting and overhead crane assistance.
 Work environment including exposure to compressed air, steam, lubrication oil, dust, and hydraulic fluid
 Able to wear and comply with all personal protective equipment (eye and ear protection, steel toed shoes, face
masks, etc.)
 Able to work a 12-hour rotating shift including nights, weekends, and Holidays.  Able to work overtime as needed.

Example of rotating shift schedule:
Day 1: 6:00am – 6:30pm
Day 2: 6:00am – 6:30pm
Day 3: 6:00pm – 6:30am
Day 4: 6:00pm – 6:30am
4 days off

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily. The requirements listed are
representative of the duties, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested by
employees with disabilities, to enable them to perform the essential functions.  The Company is committed to engaging in an
interactive dialogue with employees relating to reasonable accommodations.

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