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Southwire Operator, Extruder I in Heflin, Alabama

Operator, Extruder I

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Date: May 29, 2024

Location: Heflin, AL, US, 36264

Company: Southwire Company LLC

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, utility products, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment, electrical components, hand tools and jobsite power and lighting solutions.The company also offers digital solutions including contractor planning and utility grid resiliency as well as field services including cable testing, rejuvenation and replacement to support our customers as a value-add partner. Weare proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement and unlimited growth opportunities. Our more than seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the well-being of the communities in which we work and live. How will you power what’s possible?

Location: Heflin, AL

Shift: 6p-6a

Pay Rate: $27.11 – $28.84

Job Description


The Operator, Extruder 1 is a high skill role that will set up and operate extrusion lines and related equipment, including nylon extruders, pay-offs and take-ups. These lines that fall under this job class mainly operate as two person lines

For example, some commonly ran machines that would fall under this job title would be: 6 inch PVC Extruder (BWP), Met Extruder (MC Plant), Jacket Lines (Heflin) CV Lines (North Campus)


High school diploma or equivalent

Must read, write, and speak English; Bilingual in Spanish is a plus

Must be able to stand and lift heavy loads for long periods of time

Must be able to read and comprehend production orders and the instrumentation on complex equipment

Must be able to lift up to 45 lbs

Basic math skills (adding, subtracting, etc..)

Judgments concerning operation of extrusion line and related equipment are encountered


Must be able to work under supervision and maintain ongoing communication with the supervisor and peers through verbal instruction and reports

Put scrap into the designated scrap bins

Responsible for proper setup of extrusion line and related equipment with correct tip and die and correct wire size

Responsible to maintain correct wire size, insulation thickness and concentricity

Responsible for application of correct print of acceptable quality on cable

Responsible to observe Southwire safety rules, maintain good housekeeping and perform all other duties as assigned

Responsible for using proper compound and correct amounts of color concentrate

Responsible to keep wire and compound loss at a minimum during start-up and changeovers

Responsible for correct inventory of WIP tags daily


Will be required to cross-train on equipment within your identified workgroup at your facility

Once trained in more complex jobs, may be required to fill the position in the event of absence or vacancy

Will be required to rotate on a set frequency within your workgroup to maintain skill proficiency


Use the company’s ISO Quality System documentation to help guide all daily quality activities

Do not release products until all quality checks have been passed

Immediately report quality issues to the supervisor or quality manager


Working safely is a condition of employment

Follow all company environmental rules/procedures and handle all materials in a manner designed to minimize environmental impact

Extruders give off a substantial amount of radiant heat

The hopper vacuums, motors, air-wipes and other machinery can be quite noisy

Properly wear all required PPE

Review and know all Job Hazard Analyses for proper job sequence and hazards associated with the jobs assigned to do

Review and know all Safety Data Sheets for the jobs assigned to do

Maintain all work areas to 5S standards

Perform pre-operation safety inspection and hazard analysis


Physical activity associated with daily performance of this job include: balance, climbing, fingering, grasping, hearing, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motions, standing, stooping, walking and sitting

Must be able to work in hot and cold environments normally found in a prefabricated building without climate-control

The operator is constantly exposed to water, some heat, cold, dust and fumes

Benefits We Offer:

  • 401k with Matching & Pension Plan (Eligible for Pension after 1,000 Hours Worked)

  • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision)

  • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays

  • Long & Short-Term Disability

  • Supplemental Insurance Plans

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs

  • Advancement & Professional Growth opportunities

  • Parental Leave

  • & More

Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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