Production Technician

Helena Industries, LLC

Cordele, GA

The Production Technician performs tasks associated with the formulation and production of finished goods to meet customer and quality requirements. This position operates formulation equipment in the production operation in order to maximize the output of the production line and performs online maintenance of all production equipment.


This position is with Helena's manufacturing group which operates under the name Helena Industries or HI. HI has provided formulations and packaging solutions for companies around the world for over 60 years. As one of the largest chemical toll manufacturer's and service companies in the U.S., we set the bar for the industry in ensuring the safety of our clients' technology, brand and assets with integrity and pride.


What your day may look like

  • Formulates raw materials into intermediate and finished product that conforms to all quality assurance standards and product and process SOP as prescribed.
  • Performs system clean-outs and product changeover between production campaigns.
  • Handles and labels hazardous materials in accordance with regulatory requirements and Helena policy.
  • Properly packages and identifies waste in accordance with regulatory requirements and Helena policy.
  • Operates forklifts, hoists and other material handling equipment in the warehouse and production area to retrieve and deliver raw materials, packaging and finished products to and from the warehouse.
  • Troubleshoots all line and formulation equipment.
  • Performs online and preventive maintenance of department equipment.
  • Moves operating, formulation and packaging equipment as directed.
  • Completes all production batch sheets, OPM production entry and QA processes and procedures in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Must be able to comply with all specified QA control methods and documentation.
  • Develops a run plan using the processor manuals.
  • Utilizes the run plan in training team members prior to a campaign.
  • Performs QA tests including pH, density, emulsion, Karl Fisher, particle size, wet screen, dry screen and viscosity.
  • May be responsible for leading members of the production line or production crew.
  • Loads/unloads trucks received at dock as needed and completes related reports.
  • Performs work in a safe and responsible manner at all times.
  • Maintains a clean work environment both inside and outside the facility by using good housekeeping habits.
  • Other work-related duties as assigned by your leader.
  • Reliable and regular attendance is required.


Education and experience needed for this position

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Two years of production and manufacturing experience is required.
  • One year of formulating experience is required.
  • One year of forklift experience is required.


Other skills that will help you succeed

  • Understands pneumatics, pressure and the pumping of liquids is required.
  • Knowledge of pumps and valves.
  • Forklift Driver Certification.
  • Lift truck operator certification is preferred.
  • Uses computer for data entry into Oracle and Microsoft applications.
  • Reading, writing and math skills.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Required to complete production technician training program.
  • Available to work rotating shifts, overtime and weekends as scheduled.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time in extreme hot and/or cold temperatures.
  • Must be capable of passing an OSHA respirator physical.


Your work environment and the physical aspects of the job

There are potential hazards associated with any chemical manufacturing business but at Helena Industries safety is our highest priority. We seek out extensive safety measures including engineered solutions and personal protective equipment and put them in place to minimize exposure to anything that could potentially be harmful to our employees.


The work environment for this position is that of a typical plant environment where the noise level is usually moderate to loud. In this position, you will regularly work near moving equipment/mechanical parts and could be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, chemical and biological hazards, vibrations and a risk of electrical shock. This position requires you to use your hands for many different tasks and to talk, hear, walk, stand and sit. You may be occasionally required to lift or move up to 50 pounds.


Lab and office positions at the plant would only have occasional exposure if they must go out into the plant.


Who we are

Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC is one of the nation's foremost agronomy solutions providers. We rank near the top nationally in volume and sales for crop production products, fertilizer, custom application, seed and precision agriculture, turf management, industrial weed control, forestry, aquatics and more. As a solutions provider, we help our customers make critical decisions about soil variability, nutrient and water availability, seed selection and pest management. We take pride in working with our growers beyond the sale, helping them in every aspect of their business.

Helena operates under several main business groups -- Helena Products Group, AGRIntelligence, Helena Industries, LLC and Diversified Applications, Inc.


Helena is a special place to be

At Helena, we are family. Our employees take care of each other and support each other at work and in their personal life. Our family-like atmosphere creates a positive work environment that allows our employees to be high-performers because they feel comfort and compassion from their leader and team.

Our family-like culture is centered on our employees who embody our core values which we refer to as R.A.P.I.D.S. -- Responsive, Attitude, Proactive, Integrity, Dependability and Safety. At Helena Industries, you will find transparent and open communication. We care about our employees and value their opinions. We appreciate that our employees want to understand their contribution to the company's mission, that they take ownership of their responsibilities and then are trusted to perform.

At Helena Industries, you will find recognition for hard work and positive reinforcement through excellent benefits, competitive pay and daily workplace interactions.


Helena's commitment to diversity and inclusion

At Helena, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where all our employees feel safe, valued and have the opportunity to succeed. We embrace different backgrounds and human experiences because our customers are also diverse. When we all show deep appreciation for each other and our customers it builds trust that strengthens Helena and keeps us competitive.


Helena supports individuals with disabilities and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job responsibilities.



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Helena is an equal opportunity employer.