PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS 2nd Shift Yarn Operator in Washougal, Washington
The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills is one of opportunity, exploration, and innovation. Since British weaver Thomas Kay immigrated to Oregon and began weaving in 1863, the business of manufacturing high quality woolen goods has been a major staple in the culture and identity of the Northwest. Now, more than ever, we are focused on upholding the legacies of sustainable, high-quality textiles that are worthy of the label “Warranted to be a Pendleton.” Come and join a team of hard-working people who make quality and craftsmanship a part of their everyday lives.JOB SUMMARY:The yarn manufacturing department consists of multiple sub-sections: mixing, carding, spinning, and rewind. In mixing, raw or dyed wools are blended together to create a variety of colorful combinations. These mixes have different characteristics which help us manufacture the perfect yarn.In carding, employees are responsible for a critical step in manufacturing yarn from mixed wool stock. The stock is combed, cleaned, and aligned so the fibers can be condensed into a soft yarn (called roving), and the roving is wound on spools and sent to be spun.In spinning, the roving is drafted and twisted to create a finer and stronger yarn. The newly spun yarn is moved to our rewind department, where it is rewound to ensure the yarn is strong enough to be woven into a variety of signature Pendleton goods.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitor spinning machines (called spinning frames) to make sure the yarn is moving smoothly through the process and not breaking. When yarn breaks, repair the loose ends. Unload and transport spools of roving, bobbins of yarn, and loose yarn to designated areas as needed. Maintain a clean work area and clean equipment. Seek for opportunities to improve safety and quality in all manufacturing processes. Cross-train in other areas of yarn manufacturing to effectively meet the changing needs of each area.QUALIFICATIONS:Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Follow verbal and written instructions accurately Work both independently and in teams Seek for opportunities to improve personal understanding and capabilities.Physical Requirements: Stand, walk, twist, and crouch as needed during the full shift (breaks and meals excluded). Lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally. Employees are never expected to lift any loads if doing so is unsafe or too high a risk. Push and pull wheeled carts containing product and weighing up to 200 pounds short distances. Ability to safely use hand truck to move bales of wool up to 450 pounds.Experience/Education: High School Diploma/GED or equivalent. 2 or more years of production experience preferred. Any combinations of education and experience that can demonstrate the ability to perform the job are acceptable.WORK ENVIRONMENT: Humid work environment Exposure to wool fibers and dust Loud work environment; hearing protection is required in certain areas of yarn manufacturing. Non-slip shoes are required; reimbursement programs are available. We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.