• West Fraser
  • Port Arthur, TX
  • Manufacturing
  • Full-Time
  • 3329 Charles Ave

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West Fraser is a diversified North American wood products company producing southern yellow pine lumber and wood chips across the Southern US and Western Canada. We are the largest lumber producer in North America!

Our employees operate in a culture that values safety first and rewards hard work. We recognize and support our team culture and focus on growing our team by promoting from within many of our employees have built their careers with us.

OurOperator Apprentice position is an entry level role with the expectation that self-motivated individuals will advance into progressively skilled positions.

Job Description: Must be willing to perform housekeeping duties, including use of a shovel, ground keeping, painting, etc. Must be willing to stack various lengths of lumber. May be assigned tasked indoors and outdoors, no matter the weather conditions.

Job Description: Successful applicant will be allowed an appropriate amount of time to train for this job. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Operating Apprentice Level 1 must be willing to cross-train within any department. Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Excellent safety record
  • Follow all safety criteria and contribute to the safety program
  • Follow all electrical safety standards
  • Willing to work any shift
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attendance record
  • Demonstrable mechanical aptitude
  • Possess or have demonstrated basic maintenance skills
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to troubleshoot issues and diagnose problems within the department and/or related equipment.
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to maintain or assist with maintaining assigned area and/or related equipment.
  • Willing to assist maintenance when working at assigned area and/or related equipment related issues occur during run time
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to perform preventative maintenance on assigned area and/or related equipment.
  • Have demonstrated and/or capable to climb ladders and work in elevated work places
  • Capable of working in tight close spaces
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to operate machine center at assigned area and/or related equipment efficiently at productive rates without assistance.
  • Perform all job assignments in an effective and timely manner with minimal supervision.
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to know and meet all quality specifications for assigned area and/or related equipment.
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to make quality control checks and adjustments at assigned area and/or other related equipment.
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to be a qualified operator for assigned area and/or related equipment.
  • Possess or have demonstrated the capability to keep the department clean and meet housekeeping standards.
  • Demonstrate ownership in the assigned areas and/or related equipment.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and use some basic computer related operating skills
  • Willing to train others within the department and/or related equipment
  • Willing to cross-train on other equipment
  • Job Duties:
  • Monitor lumber movement
  • Move lumber through process ensuring no lumber cross-ups
  • Clear jammed lumber as necessary
  • Assist others as necessary
  • Perform quality checks
  • Perform safety observations
  • Follow all Safe Work Procedures
  • Follow all Zero Energy State procedures
  • Utilize downtime or slow time to enhance the appearance and productivity of the department
  • Consistently operate this job at maximum process capabilities
  • Perform all job assignments in an effective and timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Operate necessary equipment according to procedures
  • Monitor assigned area and related area visually and via monitor screen.
  • Remove/straighten out cross ups using pike pole or picaroon
  • Perform the following key phases of Basic Care routes:
  • Inspection of equipment
  • Servicing and minor adjustments to the equipment (when necessary)
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Assist maintenance with servicing of equipment
  • Cleaning of the equipment
  • Documentation and reporting of results
  • Daily greasing of necessary equipment and/or related equipment
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check, drug screen test and physical.

    Our highly competitive compensation package includes:
  • Competitive starting pay along with on-the-job training and a culture that strongly believes in promoting from within
  • Outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, 401k, life insurance, disability, paid vacations and holidays
  • If you are ready to build your career in a company that thrives on growth, a safe work environment, rewarding work, challenge and opportunity, come build your career with us at West Fraser: www.westfraser.com

    We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please apply through our online application process as resumes will not be accepted at the site. No phone inquiries, please.

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    Associated topics: calibrate, criteria, defect, qa, quality assurance, quality check, quality control, quality manager, quality technician, requalification

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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