Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.
The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.
The Treating Specialist is responsible for all operations related to the application of “dip” (coating to ensure adherence) to rolls of fabric. The rolls are produced at associated plants and transported to the Gastonia facility for treatment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, recordkeeping, checking specifications and settings, machine and process operation, surveillance of operation and process, sampling, quality checks, housekeeping and supply maintenance. The process requires operators to connect large rolls of fabric, wrapped around shell cores, to in-progress treatment processes by sewing fabric to currently treated fabric. This process is maintained indefinitely from shift to shift. The rolls are lifted into the treatment machine using an overheard lifting device. Treated rolls are separated from current-run rolls and doffed from the treatment process. They are packaged using an automated wrap and transported for shipping.
- Standing/Pivot-stand/Walking: Constantly. On-feet time is 100% of production periods for 8 hour Production periods average 20-minute work cycles with maximum of 30-minute cycle times.
- Lifting and Carrying: Depending on assignment operators may encounter up to 2-3 lifts per work cycle. Max. lifting force can vary due to varying shell weights. Items lifted include center rails and shells of the rolled fabric. Shell wt. can be up to 55# lifted 2x/ cycle. Center rail wt. up to 35# is lifted at least 2x/ work cycle. Operators may share in lifting activities but each assignment encounters loads at differing rates. Sewing machine operator encounters lifting at 3-4x/work cycle.
- Pushing-Pulling: Occasionally. A one-handed pull force is applied to remove center rail from shell. Rail can weigh up to 35#, force to remove does not exceed 25# to initiate and 10# to sustain pull.
Bending/Stooping: Occasionally. Bending to attach roll transport hardware and to transport materials to floor approximately 2x/ work cycle.
- Reaching: Vertical reach of up to 80 inches is required with force applications. Horizontal reaches of up to 1-2 times at 30 inches may be required each work cycle.
- Gripping/pinching/dexterity: Operators are required to use scissors to cut fabric, fold cloth, manipulate fastening hardware, computer and paperwork.
Other duties associated with the job:
- Transport finished/packaged roll to warehouse using forklift
- Refill auto wrapping machine with plastic wrap
*Essential functions are defined as those elements of the human capacity which are necessary in order to fulfill the job requirements without reasonable accommodation provided.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Must have ability to calculate measurements using tape measures, micrometers, and/or calipers. Must have ability to comply with all safety regulations, work independently, and work effectively and respectfully with team members. Must have strong organizational and time management skills and ability to use Microsoft Word or Excel effectively as data entry skills are required.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, order sheets, shipping documents, policies, and procedures. Ability to write simple correspondence, routine reports, and complete company documents. Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate information to team members, customers, clients, vendors, and guests.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to understand and comply with policies, procedures, and safety requirements at all times.
PHYSICAL DEMAND CATEGORY: Medium-Heavy
Bending, carrrying, crouching, handling, lifting,
pulling,pushing,reaching,walking,standing,dirty,dusty,noisy,fumes, occasionally wet, hot, and cold.
This job is run on three consecutive 8-hour shifts at 7a-3p, 3p-11p and 11p to 7a five days per week. Exposures include Noise, temperature extremes due to weather, moisture, dust, concrete, moving vehicles and machinery. The job requires four operators who rotate between any of four assignments; panel, sewing machine, bailer and truck driver. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, recordkeeping, checking specifications and settings, machine and process operation, surveillance of operation and process, sampling, quality checks, housekeeping and supply maintenance. A work cycle is determined by the donning of a new roll and the doffing of the previous roll. Average work cycle time is 20 minutes and maximum work cycle time is 30 minutes. Operators must be capable of forklift operation. This job is a permanent assignment.
A person in this position may work with and handle hazardous materials and waste. He/She will receive the degree of training that is needed for the hazardous waste handling duties that may be assigned to them.
EQUIPMENT & TOOLS USED:
Treating unit, shells, steel rails, forklift, overhead hoist, scissors
Must follow prescribed safety procedures for work area. Job requires interaction with others, forklift operation in close proximity to others. Use of overhead hoist is required for all roll lifts. Hearing protection and safety glasses are required.
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