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Packaging Machine Operator -Plymouth Plant

Posted Date:  May 29, 2024
Requisition Number:  122146

Location: Plymouth, IN 

We are mixing up something new in Plymouth, IN. This is an exciting time to join our team. Pretzels, Inc is now a part of Hershey Salty Snacks. We have over 40 years of experience in making pretzels and delivering high quality snacks to consumers.



  • Starting at $20.09-/hr, overnight and weekend shifts have additional shift differential

  • Bi-weekly pay

  • $500 sign-on bonus for eligible candidates


Total Rewards:

  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, & Vision) starting day 1

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Paid Time off



  • Night and Day shifts available

  • 12 hours shifts (6am-6pm OR 6pm-6am) 

  • Plant operates on various schedules (schedule assignment determined by candidate preference and plant needs):

    • Weekends: Friday - Sunday

    • Weekdays: Monday - Thursday

    • 2-2-3 schedule: 2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off rotation. Working 3-4 days/week (One week: Sun, Wed, Thurs Next week: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat).


Candidate Process:

Please note- communication will be through phone, email, and text. Ensure you have access to a valid email address

  • Qualified applicants will receive a phone call to schedule an onsite interview

  • Post Offer background check and drug screen required



As a Packaging Machine Operator (PMO), you'll be responsible for setting up, overseeing and maintaining the packaging machines to ensure proper quality and packaging of the finished product. This includes housekeeping, assisting other PMO’s and Supervisors to run the department efficiently and effectively, and completing sanitation duties. Assist in troubleshooting, training, and basic maintenance tasks.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow company GMPs

  • Check gram weight on Ishida operation terminal

  • Clear weigher faults

  • Keep all formers and film off the floor

  • Empty machines when shutting down

  • Operate video jet printers and change printer ribbon when needed

  • Perform timely changeovers

  • Tear down and set up machine

  • Operate fastback systems, weighers, and packing equipment

  • Ensure all required paperwork is completed

  • Ensure all bags are running correct weights

  • Ensure all bags are in registration, both in cutoff and side to side registration

  • Ensure all bags are code-dated properly with both price and date legible and in proper position on face of bag

  • Ensure bags are sealed properly and that bag appearance is acceptable

  • Add/remove air from bags and ensure proper air fill

  • Change knife blades

  • Change bag speed in packaging machines and weighers and ensure running rates based on lead label

  • Keep machines clean and area under and around the machine clean and help sweep packing area

  • Weigh defected film, record defect and place film in defective area provided

  • Keep in feeds, dispersion table, scales, etc, free from buildup

  • Perform hourly metal detector checks as required. Report any metal detector findings, false activations, or other concerns to management immediately and help with investigation

  • Ensure all paperwork is completed (film verifications, sanitation and 5S paperwork, etc.)

  • Complete all required trainings

  • Communicate with all team members, including bakers, leads, packers, PMO’s, QC, PC, maintenance, and supervisors

  • All other duties as assigned by Supervisor

  • Follow all safety and general work rules and policies



Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED

  • Ability to read, write and comprehend English 

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, and metric to SAE conversions – mm to inches, grams to ounces

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or scheduled form

  • Must pass FSQS 1.4.21 PMO Skills and Knowledge Assessment test and FSQS PMO Training qualification checklist

  • Have a clear understanding of how to safely operate packaging machinery and utilize the use of hand tools and equipment


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

  • The working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the team member must be in good physical condition to perform the tasks assigned.

  • The team member must lift, carry or move up to 50 pounds. 

  • The team member is required to stand, walk, crouch, climb, bend, twist and reach with both hands and arms. 

  • The team member must be able to demonstrate agility of both hands and all fingers to push, pull, grasp, touch and feel.

  • The team member must be able to lift with both hands and lift overhead with both hands. 

  • The team member must demonstrate good visual acuity and hand/eye coordination. 

  • Candidates must be able to talk/communicate and hear and be comfortable with a moderate to loud working environment.

  • Work environment conditions may require/recommended the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, side shields, steel toe or composite toe shoes, hearing protection and hair/beard nets in compliance with GMP rules.






The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive lost of all responsibilities, duties, qualifications or working conditions.


Nearest Major Market: South Bend

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