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Multiple Oxide Mill Oper (2nd Shift)

Manufacturing Operations
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Multiple Oxide Mill Operator



The facility in Geneva, IL is seeking production associates to fill multiple utility positions.


Johnson Controls produces 146 million batteries every year. We power every type of passenger vehicle, heavy-duty and light commercial trucks, motorcycles, golf cars, lawn and garden tractors and marine applications.


·         As part of a union based pay scale this position is compensated at a level commensurate with the expectations, responsibilities, and work conditions associated with this type of job

·         Excellent benefits packages, vacation, holidays and bonuses offered

·         Lots of opportunity for growth and advancement


This is a great opportunity for mechanically inclined and team oriented candidates with interest in working in a manufacturing setting.


This is not a temperature controlled environment.  Employees are subject to seasonal weather conditions including heat or cold.  Specifically the Oxide Mill area is contained and extreme heat temperatures exist.  A safety protection suite is required to wear while working.


Primary Duties:

This position is for 2nd shift.  Shift times are 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM – or – 3:00 PM to 11:30 PM.  If overtime is required you may be asked to come in early or stay late depending on production demands or staffing shortages.To maintain continuous operation of six oxide mills to insure adequate production of oxide within quality parameters.  The following information applies to production associate duties in the Oxide Mill area. This position initiates the production of essential material required in the assembly of batteries.

Ball Mill Operation:

·         Produce oxide at a rate to achieve levels of production in other areas of the plant in order to meet production goals daily

·         Perform set up of machine (including calibration and clean up) to exact specifications and ensure material is loaded properly

·         Use a forklift in order to move the 1 ton block of lead to the machine area

·         Continue to operate the equipment so the cylinders go into silos that become pellets that are processed in the drum where the pellets become a ball and under the precise amount of pressure then become lead oxide

·         The oxide is expelled into a bag house as powder then put into storage tanks

·         As a key part of the production process these steps are repeated as necessary


Barton Pot Mill Operation

·         Operate a crane that lowers a 1 ton block of lead into a melting pot designed to reduce the lead into a liquid to be inserted into the reaction pot

·         The liquid in the reaction pot is agitated by paddles to increase air flow to bring product within specifications

·         Periodic analysis done to control the reaction by manipulating lead feed and air rate (it is important to control the reaction so the oxide meets the requirements and is produced at the specified rates)

·         During the reaction process it is required to check motor loads, temperatures, and color and readjust lead flow every 15 minutes

·         Check Barton Pot lead temperatures and adjust cooling every 15 minutes

·         Hourly take oxide samples and measure for proper reaction conditions

·         Vacuum clean tank and sweep floor to rid of all debris

·         As a key part of the production process these steps are repeated as necessary


General Duties to Apply to All Oxide Mills

·         Adhere to all safety standards including the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment including a full exposure suit, respirator, safety glasses, hearing protection, and gloves

·         Extended training period as necessary for the performance of all related tasks

·         Able to work independently as the sole operator of equipment performing production tasks in an isolated environment

·         Working under extreme heat conditions while operating equipment

·         Conduct apparent density and free lead checks on output regularly

·         Greases and oils machine and may make minor repairs to equipment

·         Practices preventive maintenance and exercises care in operating machines

·         Adhere to safety practices reducing exposure and displaying caution when working with lead and oxide

·         Work a swing shift rotation through first, second, third, and fourth shifts requiring weekend work

·         Weekend work requires a productive individual that maintains production needs to meet business goals

·         Must be able to work all shifts up to 12 hours as overtime may be required due to production demands or staffing shortages

·         Performs other duties as directed by supervisor



·         High School diploma or Equivalency (GED) required

·         Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

·         Must be a self-starter capable of maintaining production during the weekend shifts independent of supervision

·         Machine troubleshooting experience preferred

·         General mechanical skills; able to perform minor repairs as needed

·         Warehouse or manufacturing experience preferred

·         Forklift or material handling experience preferred

·         Experience working with conveyors is preferred

·         Basic computer skills required

·         Respect for safety policies; thorough understanding and complete compliance in order to avoid incident

·         Ability to read and understand all production specifications required to perform daily tasks

·         Ability to neatly and accurately record required data

Successful Production Associates must be willing to learn new things and work in an integral team environment to get the product out in a safe and timely manner while meeting quality standards.

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