Sewing Machine Operator

Official Position Title: Universe-Hunkeler Operator

The Universe-Hunkeler Operator is responsible for the operation of a machine that takes flat, digitally printed sheets, and folds, collates and sews these sheets.  This process results in a sewn book block which is ready to go to the encasing step.  As the Hunkeler Operator, he/she is responsible to unwind the roll of printed paper that is produced by the HP Press.

The successful candidate will work on the 12-hour day shift:
Week 1: 6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Week 2: 6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M, Wednesday and Thursday.

Friesens offers a comprehensive benefit package, employee ownership and profit sharing.

Job Requirements:
– High School diploma, GED or equivalent;
– Able to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing;
– Ability to work independently and in a team setting;
– Basic computer skills;
– Above average math skills;
– Mechanical aptitude;
– Attention to detail and a critical eye for identifying defects;
– Commitment to quality and safety;
– Advanced problem solving abilities;
– Willing to work rotating shifts on Sunday when equipment is running 24/7;
– Continuous improvement mindset.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
– Work and communicate effectively with the Managers and co-workers;
– Carry out jobs according to the schedule or as directed by the Production Manager;
– Operate the Universe Sewing Machine for quality, efficiency and productivity; 
– Understand and carry out the job instructions from information outlined on the docket as well as other sources;
– Request and arrange the various components of the job in advance;
– Set up the machine as required;
– Run sample book blocks, making necessary adjustments;
– Periodic visual and measurement checks;
– Stack book blocks neatly on skids;
– Identify finished lifts with accurate counts;
– Arrange for finished component storage.
– Operate the Hunkeler Unwinder for quality, efficiency and productivity;
– Load roll into Unwinder, Web Unwinder and set guides;
– Communicate effectively with other shifts, both verbally and written;
– Perform machine maintenance as described in the machine maintenance binder and operators manual;
– Practice Friesens safety procedures for equipment and plant situations;
– Punch jobs into PrintStream accurately for timesheet and proper job costing purposes.

Deadline for submission of resumes is October 12, 2020. Incomplete resumes will be disqualified.


One Printers Way
Altona, MB

Job type: Full-time

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