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Production Technician I

Location: Becker, MN, United States
Business Unit: Liberty Paper
Remote Type: No Remote

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The Paper Production Technician I is responsible for performing work duties of three identified skills/jobs as the skill is learned and certified: Utility Technician, Winder Assistant Technician, and Inbound TechnicianAdditionally, the Paper Production Technician II will train, and develop a competency in a cross-over skill from Paper Production Technician II role. Proficiency of each skill is acquired through a combination of academic training and testing, and on the job training/demonstration of skill. 

This position works a DuPont Schedule consisting of 12 hour rotating shifts - working nights, days, and weekends. Working 14 days out of a 28 day cycle. 



  • Successfully complete all required training/demonstration hours, successfully pass all required tests, successfully complete all safety requirements and OJT (on the job) training and SOP’s (standard operating procedures).
  • Complete and prepares customer orders with the JDEdwards (operation software) 
  • Create and submit work orders (repairs) as needed to ensure notification to responsible departments of necessary reportsEnsures work orders are completed in a manner that provides all the details and information necessary to effectively review and prioritize submitted work orders
  • Housekeeping, HSG attendance/participation, support mill goals, maintain a safe work environment, identify opportunities for process improvement (act on them), and maintain a professional working relationship with all team members.
  • Assist in threading of the machine during paper break events. Helping to remove can wraps during breaks.
  • Assist in fabric and rope changes on the paper machine.
  • Train apprentices to learn machine duties to increase production, execute preventive maintenance on machines to prevent down time and to ensure a sustainable and well-trained workforce.


SKILL:  Utility Technician: 

  • Responsible for assisting in the operation of stock preparation equipment in a highly automated paper mill.  Responsible for monitoring and assisting in the operation of all plant systems on a continuous basis. Operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures (SOP). Assist in bypass processing equipment using air, manual hand, and chain valves as needed.
  • Use LOTO (Lock out tag out)/line break to ensure zero energy and unplug stock prep cleaners and equipment.
  • Loads and unloads supplies with a forkliftLoads/off loads parts, chemical totes, and materials using a forkliftOperate skid steer w/grapple bucket and move paper/materials as neededOperate bale clamp truck/turn a fork truck to move and dump dumpsters.  Operate Scissor lift when neededCertified and operate a 40-ton hoist crane, clamshell hoist and deck crane hoists (screen, decker, and dry polymer).  Prepares and rinses used totes for return.
  • Operates a high-pressure washer to unplug and clean equipment when needed.
  • Communicates process events to both supervisors and on-coming shift team members
  • Monitor and troubleshoot equipment, processes, and operational anomalies.  Direct equipment issues to proper personnel (CRO) Control Room Operator/Team Leader/Maintenance Tech) to correct problems as they occur.

SKILL:  Winder Assist Technician: 

  • Assist in machine set-up based on specifications, trouble-shooting problems and coming up with solutions.
  • Visually inspect equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repairInspect machine/equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, and leaks.
  • Read, follow, and complete our customer trim scheduleAssist in setting up cutting slitters to cut rolls to customer specificationsCut cores using an electric core saw to correct sized cores.  Operate conveyor system, measure and label rolls, record data and ensure roll meets all visual quality specs (monitor web detection system).
  • Fill and thread automatic banding system.  Remove stub (butt) rolls to proper staging area.
  • Cleans, maintains, and repairs equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
  • Assist in setting up and operating production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures (SOP). Change out slitter blades and bands as needed.
  • Performs LOTO (lock out tag out) of associated equipment.
  • Responsible for communicating process events to DE Tech’s, supervisors, and on-coming shift team members.
  • Certified and operate a 40-ton crane to move spools and paper rollOperate skid steer w/grapple attachment to move paper.

SKILL:  Inbound Technician: 

  • Safely unload bales from trailers. Ensure safe bale moving, feeding, and stacking is performed. Ability to stack bales in warehouse using bale clamp truck.  Safely run bales over wire cutter to ensure even and proper feed.
  • Monitors quality of incoming OCC materialsQuality checks/identifies and segregates bales that are of questionable quality.
  • Effectively communicates to carriers/drivers to ensure accuracy in information shared, and to provide good customer service
  • Clean and inspect bale clamp trucksReport all repairs needed to TL/Maintenance and report in logbook and e-logger.  Refuel trucks as needed.
  • Operate hydraulic dock lock/bridge to ensure safe operation in and out of trailers.



  • High School Diploma required.
  • 1-3 Years of previous manufacturing experience required 
  • Mobile Equipment and Overhead Crane certified
  • Ability and desire to work rotating 12-hour work shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.



  • Proficient in the use of JDEdwards
  • Good problem-solving skills 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Good leadership skills 
  • Teamwork 
  • Good working knowledge of using a variety of hand and power tools to complete tasks
  • Good communication skills: the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, sometimes in highly complex, technical situations
  • Good Leadership skills: the ability to lead others calmly through challenging circumstances and situations.
  • Be a safety champion, highly motivated and results oriented team member.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  •        Must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds  
  •        Must be able to work in hot, humid, and cold manufacturing environment 
  •        Must be able to work in crowded spaces for 4+ hours per shift 
  •        Must be able to bend and stoop for 7+ hours per shift 
  •        Must be able to stand for 6+ hours per shift 
  •        Must be able to walk for 6+ hours per shift 
  •        Must be able to reach and grasp up to 6+ hours per shift 



Located in Becker, MN - Liberty Paper Inc. is a high-technology driven paper mill that recycles old corrugated containers (OCC) into kraft liner board for new corrugated packaging. We are a 100% recycled paper mill, as committed to the environment and product innovation as we are to our amazing team.  We are part of the Liberty Diversified International family of companies.   


Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products.  


Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and services for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco.  



Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.