Wilson, North Carolina

Position Summary:  Responsible for safely operating the Thermoforming equipment in an efficient and effective manner. Responsible for producing quality products with minimal scrap and downtime.   This position takes direction from and reports directly to the Shift Supervisor.


  • Comply with and have a working knowledge of all Sonoco safety rules/regulations including; equipment manufacturer recommendations, and agency rules (OSHA).
  • Perform and complete the safety checklist at the beginning of each shift. Identifying and reporting issues immediately to supervisor.
  • Have knowledge of and comply with all SOP’s and JSA’s related to operating the thermoforming line including personal protection equipment, lock-out/tag-out, housekeeping, MSDS, etc.
  • Report to appropriate management personnel any policy violations, safety incidents, quality issues or other similar facts and circumstances that could either put other employees and/or the Company in jeopardy.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively and efficiently start up and shutdown the thermoforming equipment in a safe manner.
  • Operate and continuously monitor the thermoforming machine, adjusting the machine only when necessary to ensure customer requirements are sustained.
  • Must be able to operate both the Syncor and Lyle thermoforming machines.
  • Troubleshoot quality and processing problems and make corrections accordingly.
  • Set molds as required.
  • Operate a forklift or other equipment to move materials and products from one area to another.
  • Responsible to assist in training of temporary employees, packers, and other operators working on the machine as it relates to standards of production, housekeeping, quality, and safety.
  • Accurately measure machine performance, scrap, waste, and downtime.
  • Completes production reports and all paperwork as assigned.


  • Provides breaks for other Operators and line workers.
  • Keeps assigned work area clean, neat, organized and free from safety hazards.
  • Regularly, evaluate the Standard Operation Procedures and recommends improvement opportunities 
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Strong verbal, listening and written communications skills.
  • Must be motivated and able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Must possess a high attention to detail.
  • Must have the necessary skills to perform reading, writing and mathematics in English as required.
  • Must be able to multitask effectively, handle demanding schedules and effectively deal with co-workers.
  • Must be able to physically move around moving machinery including climbing, lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, etc. 
  • Work a 12-hour shift while keeping good punctuality and attendance.


  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required
  • A minimum of 1-3 Years of verifiable experience as a Machine Operator, Skilled Maintenance Worker, Plastics Processor or formal technical training experience.


  • To observe all safety rules/regulations and perform duties in a safe and efficient manner.
  • To show-up for work on time and work all scheduled shifts.
  • To set an example that is consistent with the position held.
  • To carry out duties and responsibilities in a positive way and in the spirit of cooperation and support of others.
  • To fully meet the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • To treat people fairly, equally and with respect.
  • To be honest at all times and to conduct oneself with the highest degree of personal integrity.
  • To communicate the right information, to the appropriate people, in an effective and timely manner.
  • To take “pride” in the company and help make it a success.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

Wilson, North Carolina

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Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products and packaging supply chain services. When collaborating with our customers, we leverage our deep knowledge of material science, our i6 Innovation Process™, and our industry-leading packaging and services portfolio to create impactful customized solutions that build stronger brands.


We produce packaging for many of the world’s most recognized brands, in markets such as appliances and electronics, automotive, beverages, confection, construction, converted paperboard, fresh and natural food, frozen and refrigerated food, shaving, home, lawn and garden, medical/pharmaceutical, pet care, powdered beverages, recycling and snacks.


Sonoco’s operations consist of our global consumer packaging businesses (rigid paper and closures, flexibles and plastics); our display and packaging division (high-impact retail displays and packaging supply chain management); our industrial businesses (tubes and cores, reels and spools, uncoated recycled paperboard and Sonoco Recycling, one of the world’s largest recyclers); and our Protective Solutions division (custom-designed protective, temperature-assurance and retail security packaging solutions and highly engineered components).


From our headquarters in Hartsville, S.C., and more than 300 operations in 33 countries, we serve customers in 85 nations.

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