Production Technician

Ball Corporation
Job Description
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality metal packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Our approximately 18,700 knowledgeable, motivated and customer-focused employees share Ball's high regard for mutual respect, integrity and ethical conduct.

Founded in 1880, Ball Corporation was originally known for the glass canning jars your grandmothers used to use. Today, Ball makes packaging that enables delivery of safe, nutritious food and beverages and convenient household products to consumers around the world. Ball Aerospace is known for its contributions in support of space and Earth science, exploration, national security and intelligence programs.

Ball's largest business is the manufacture of recyclable beverage cans and ends. A lot of engineering and technology goes into making beverage packaging at speeds of more than 2,000 cans a minute.  We operate beverage can facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia - about one in every four beverage cans in the world is made by Ball - and our products are used by the most recognizable beverage brands in the world.

Ball is a Lean/SixSigma environment – exposure to these tools and methods is preferred.

Ball Corporation built their sixth domestic metal beverage packaging manufacturing plant in Conroe in 1987 and began operations in May 1988. Currently, the plant has 182 employees and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Conroe facility is located on a 31-acre tract in an industrial park developed by the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council.

Primary Purpose of Production Technician

Performs tasks and provides services to support the plant’s production goals, overall business plans and objectives as directed.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Complies with established job safety practices, policies and procedures as specified in plant and corporate directives for the safe performance of the work assignment.
• Supports and follows the guidelines of the food safety system.
• Performs duties as required to ensure compliance with the plant’s quality standards.
• Performs various manual or mechanical production functions by operating, adjusting, and repairing production equipment to meet customer specifications.
• Disassembles, overhauls, and rebuilds production equipment under the supervision of a qualified maintainer.
• Performs troubleshooting on production equipment as required.
• Performs preventative maintenance on production equipment as required.
• Inputs data on a computer terminal to identify, label, and palletize finished products.
• Conducts inspection of in-process or finished product.
• Assists in making major adjustments or mechanical repairs to production equipment.
• Responsible for replenishing supplies required for assigned area.
• Performs record keeping duties as required under the direction of management.
• Rotates through workstations as needed for coverage, relief, and training purposes as required in conjunction with on-the-job training.
• May operate can line briquetter.  Ensures briquetter is running properly. Removes all briquettes from the conveyor, stacks briquettes on pallets according to scrap class, and weighs and tags scrap pallets for shipment.
• May operate end line baler and slug accumulator. Removes all bales and loads them onto trailer. Removes/replaces accumulation boxes for slugs, and weighs and tags accumulation boxes for shipment.
• May restack and load empty coil pallets for return to aluminum suppliers.
• May prepare for shipment returnable drums, totes, and vendor return loads.
• Performs clean-up, painting, and housekeeping duties.
• Required to perform all production technician duties.  May be required to rotate among specific production technician assignments within the department as needed. Relieves production technicians for breaks.
• Supplies and maintains required hand tools.
• May be required to go to customer(s) to troubleshoot equipment and/or finished cans.
• Required to work assigned schedule or 12-hour shifts, rotating days and nights, Monday through Sunday, working hours may vary as specified by management.  Incumbent must be able to work overtime on a regular basis and/or be on call as directed by management.
Position Requirements:
• Broad training in a related field usually acquired through high school education or equivalent.
• Mechanical job related experience for 1 year minimum.
• Troubleshooting skills/experience.
• Experience working in an industrial environment.
• Working knowledge of the following areas
◦Machine mechanics
◦Troubleshooting skills
• Ability to learn operating principles and nomenclature of all assigned equipment and products.
• Ability to learn nomenclature of all assigned equipment, products, and quality standards.
• Ability to learn to identify product defects.
• Ability to use hand and power tools.
• Ability to read, writes, and comprehends written material.
•Ability to operate fork truck and aero lift, if required.
• May require forklift license.
• Possesses an interest in and an aptitude for mechanics.
• Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
• Ability to operate and functionally use a computer.
• Works in a manufacturing environment.
• This position is exposed to occupational hazards, including but not limited to, high noise levels, physical obstacles, exposure to chemicals, etc.
• Must wear appropriate safety glasses, hearing protection, clothing, and footwear in appropriate areas and follow safety practices.
• Works in confined area(s).
Equal Opportunity Employer
Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans. 

Please apply by going to our careers page at and searching for job opportunities at our Conroe Texas facility.

(Position ID: 662550)
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