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Machine Operator - Automated Packaging Job


Birdsboro, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Jan 27, 2023


Our polymer manufacturing plant in Birdsboro, PA is looking for a Machine Operator to support production operations.  Arkema in Birdsboro has around 65 employees but we are part of larger organization with over 20,000 employees worldwide. We call this the "small company feel with large company resources." Arkema is a global leader in Specialty Materials serving major societal and ecological challenges. Arkema affiliates operating in the U.S. include Arkema Inc.; Bostik, Inc.; ArrMaz and Coatex Inc with 43 sites, including 37 manufacturing facilities, and employ 3,600 people in the U.S. 


Major highlights regarding employment as a Machine Operator: 


Wage: $27.59/hr to start plus $.75 for 2nd shift and $1 for 3rd shift. Up to $33.30/hr

Sign-on bonus: $2,000

Shift: 8hrs each shift, rotates weekly between 1st, 2nd, 3rd;

Schedule: 7 days in a row with 2-3 days off in-between rotations

Overtime: average of 4-8 hours weekly, paid for over 8 hours worked in a day and over 40 weekly

Environment: Union

Benefits: insurance effective day of hire, 13 days PTO, 4% match 401k, parental leave, annual bonus plan, doubletime on worked holidays





  • Operate packaging equipment and maintain daily packaging process efficiencies
  • Transfer raw materials
  • Transfer finished materials between warehouses
  • Housekeeping
  • Assist emptying finished product out of industrial dryers
  • Comply with all technical, quality control, product manufacturing and safety procedures associated with Packaging
  • Operate equipment for various processing systems
  • Operate powered industrial trucks
  • Have physical dexterity in climbing stairs, ladders, heavy lifting
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Other operator assistance tasks and general duties as needed and assigned



  • Minimum education requirement: High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must demonstrate basic math skills
  • Must be willing to be subject to pre-employment testing including drug and alcohol and physical testing.
  • Prefer experience in manufacturing type of work and chemical plant production experience strongly desired; similar skills/experience will be considered.
  • Prefer fork lift (tow motor) experience
  • Must be willing and able to work rotating shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime



Arkema offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide security for you, your spouse and children up to age 26, effective on your first day of employment. Arkema pays all or most of the costs of these high-quality programs.


  • This is a Union position.


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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