1st Shift Machine Operator

Great Lakes Cheese Wausau, WI

As a family owned business with a long-term focus on growth and stability, we are committed to you, our dedicated employee. Our environment of open communication, integrity, and mutual respect encourages everyone to go beyond what is expected.

Position Description

The Machine Operator operates machinery to meet customer specifications in compliance with company policy related to GMP’s and Safety.


  • Maintain area, equipment and personal sanitation.
  • Ensure proper set up of film, zipper, labels, cheese and operation of machinery.
  • Frequently inspect conveyor belt to ensure smooth flow of cheese.
  • Inspect Machine E stops to ensure functionality before production starts.
  • Load cheese.
  • Grease/clean machine and perform basic maintenance tasks based on preventative maintenance schedule.
  • Ensure cheese quality.
  • Ensure that product is run within SPC specs.
  • Productive use of down time.
  • Communicate to line personnel on daily production issues, changes, and safety issues.
  • Operate assigned equipment safely and efficiently.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

    Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Basic understanding of manufacturing processes and related equipment.
  • Ability to make minor decisions based on standard practices.
  • Ability to read, prepare, and comprehend production reports and worksheets.
  • Ability to communicate with line personnel regarding information contained therein, and regarding quality and safety issues.
  • Ability to motivate and build teamwork.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Above average mechanical ability required.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • Ability to take metric measurements and measurements of temperature.

    Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Good trouble shooting skills.
  • SAP experience.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to promote teamwork.

    Working Conditions

  • Repetitive work in a fast-paced production environment with average temperature of 50-75 degrees F.
  • Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.
  • Ability to frequently handle material from floor-to-waist, waist-to-shoulder and pushing/pulling/carrying.
  • Ability to constantly stand/walk; bend/flex/extend neck; frequently grip/reach/lift/pull with L/R hands.
  • Product weight: up to 100 lbs.

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