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Machine Operator- 1st shift

Fullerton, California

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need dependable, efficient, safety-minded individuals to join our team. General Operators are vital to our daily operations. Examples of roles include preparing meat to be cooked, palletizing boxed product, administration work, using scanners and computers to track product, and verifying quality and accuracy. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we'll train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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  • Safety
  • Productive
  • Hardworking
  • Multi-tasker
  • Motivated
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Proactive
  • Focused
  • Efficient

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What I like about Cargill's safety procedures is that they're really easy to follow and they've become a really big part of our culture here.”

Rachel G., QA Food Safety Support

I've worked at several different plants, and I feel Cargill listens and cares for everyone's safety. I feel like safety is there main focus with employees. They've provided me with ESL classes to take, and great discounts with gym memberships which gives me energy helps me focus day in and day out. I just love it here!”

Elisabeth C.

Cargill has change my life a lot! I feel like people really care about their employees. They have been very supportive with my life changes and have even given me an opportunity to move up. I'm now a safety lead at my table.”

Catherine V.

Here at Cargill, people treat me good, and I treat them good. Since I've been working here, I've been able to grow spiritually, and mentally. I've been able to gain confidence in wanting to move up in my position. Since I've been working here at Cargill, I've gotten married, and thankful that I can support me and my beautiful wife.”

Marvin S.

Machine Operator- 1st shift

Job ID FUL00382 Date posted 05/04/2021

This full time position is located in Fullerton, California; however please expect receiving calls from a 952 area code in case you are considered. Relocation assistance is not provided.

We are looking for a passionate 1st Shift Machine Operator who wants to help the world thrive! 
Position Purpose and Job Description:

The purpose of this position is to operate various machines on the production line.  
People in this position are responsible for operating a variety of machinery while following all GMP’s, food safety and quality policies and procedures.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is often very loud, so hearing protection will be required.

Principal Accountabilities:

  •     Operates and troubleshoots fill room and various packaging machines that may or may not be automated. 
  •     Detects and reports defective materials or questionable conditions to the department supervisor. 
  •     Maintains the work area and equipment in a clean orderly condition and follows prescribed safety regulations. 
  •     Performs prescribed preventative maintenance on machines as required.
  •     Helps in other areas whenever needed per supervisors instructions.
  •     Must be willing to accept and receive frequent supervision and assistance with regard to machine set-up.
  •     Complete various paper records and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

While performing the duties of this job, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. 
The tasks listed below represent duties that may be required for this position: Tank line-up, Spill Cleanup, Filler Operation, Palletizer Operation, Capper Operation, Changeover, Slip-sheet procedures, Line Purging Procedures, Tasks involving paperwork, Conveyor Operation, Label Machine Operation, Box Maker Machine Operation, Metal Detector Operation, Sampling Procedures, Relabeling Procedures, Filter Changing Procedures and Additive Procedures 


•    Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.
•    Cargill requires employees be a minimum of 18 years old to work in a production facility.
•    Basic computer skills.
•    Must be able to read/write English.
•    Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping, climbing ladders, open/close valves, shoveling and pounding with hammer.
•    Ability to to perform physical job duties such as bending, lifting up to 50lbs, kneeling, climbing, crawling, and twisting, with or without reasonable accommodation
•    Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.
•    Ability to work in elevated areas.
•    Able to operate machinery.
•    Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts.
•    Ability to work overtime.
•    At least 6 months of experience in production related work 


•    Able to operate heavy equipment.
•    Forklift certified.
•    Proficient in SAP and/or MII
•    Working knowledge of Microsoft office software, with an emphasis on Excel and Word
•    Computer literate including being able to enter and retrieve data
•    Work in confined spaces
•    Previous experience working in a food manufacturing plant
•    High School diploma or Equivalent
•    Extended driving/riding/maneuvering/operating of mobile equipment
•    Previous experience with inventory systems

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