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Production Utility

Job location : Norfolk Chesapeake, Virginia , United States of America
Created moment : 10/15/2020 - 02:00
Job reference : REQ - 03494

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Production Utility

Job Summary


This employee performs general labor duties in the production area.  This person can work in the Secar (rotary kiln) plant, Fondu mill building, Distribution/Pack house or the Yard.  They prepare all finished products for shipping.  The individual will be required to use electrical, mechanical and air-operated tools to perform his/her duties.  The individual will also be required to operate light and heavy machinery such as, but not limited to, forklifts, front-end loaders, track mobiles, etc.  The individual will have to troubleshoot problems and provide accurate feed back to the Supervisor.   The individual may be required to assist maintenance technicians during shutdowns under supervisor.  The individual must be able to work shifts.


Essential duties and responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure the company safety rules are followed; Perform safety inspections on every shift and fill out the log sheets.
  • Clean work area, machines, tools and equipment.
  • Sweep, remove spills or waste material.
  • Manually move or pile material or supplies.
  • Maintain proper operation of mobile equipment by performing general preventative maintenance on them
  • Dump the ball charges from the plant grinding mills and recharge as required.
  • Load and unload raw materials, supplies and finish product from ships, railcars or trucks and install strapping, bracing or padding whenever necessary to prevent shifting or damage in transit.
  • Load and unload material onto or from pallets, trays, rack or shelves.
  • Start the palletizer and packing system including the purging of the packing machines.
  • Weigh and mix fluidix batches.
  • Prepare finished product for shipment or storage by placing them in shipping containers.
  • Count, weigh and record number of units of materials moved or handled on daily production sheets.
  • Prepare samples of materials, label with identifying information and take samples to the laboratory for analysis.
  • Maintain proper operation of equipment in the Secar plant, Fondu mill building and the distribution center.
  • Be able to trouble shoot problems
  • Make simple mechanical adjustments or repairs to equipment
  • Maintain appearance and condition of the plant.
  • Load clinker into clinker loading hopper - > 100 t per shift
  • Other duties as assigned.

KEY RESULT AREAS (Major Objectives)

Principal Accountabilities

  • Ensure that 80% of monthly Safety Training are attended
  • Ensure that all company policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Reporting of accidents, near misses and First aid incidents
  • Basic troubleshooting skills to identify route causes of problems
  • Practice good house keeping
  • Complete all check lists correctly.
  • Ensure that all equipment shift and pre-start checks are done thoroughly
  • Ensure that the correct lubrication is used in the relevant equipment.
  • Ensure that pallets are stacked correctly so they do not fall
  • Be able to inspect and operate all mobile equipment correctly, safely and report faults


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and /or ability required. 


The person must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions.  They must have the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees of the organization.

The individual must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.  The individual must be able to learn and operate heavy equipment safety.

The person must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  They must have the ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Education:  Individual should have a high school diploma or equivalent or be able to pass the equivalent learning skills.

Knowledge:  Manufacturing knowledge, safety practices a plus.


At times, ths position must be flexible to working any schedule based on customer demands and off loading ships with raw materials from overseas.


  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to climb, and work from ladders & scaffolds
  • Ability to walk considerable distances to work assignments (at least the length of the property).
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time while working on equipment
  • Ability to operate a tricycle which are available on site to take utility to work assignments and carry required tools (safely)
  • Ability to climb 5 flights of stairs, while caring tool and or other items.(safely)
  • Ability to lift and/or work overhead
  • Ability to stand and or work in confined space for 30 – 45 minutes at a time
  • Ability to wear hard hat, steel toe safety shoes, safety glasses, respirator, gloves and other job task specific PPE as determined by Work Permit
  • Work Environment:  As Production Utility, you are subject to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. In this position you will be subject to noise, vibration and hazards. This includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat, extreme cold or exposure to chemicals and product raw materials.
  • This position is exposed to a cement and often dusty plant work environment and with contact with our product.  Based on the hazards of working in a plant/industrial environment, this position requires alertness, the ability to think rationally while working on multiple tasks. 
  • This position needs the ability to express or exchange ideas, provide detailed spoken instructions by means of the spoken word to impact oral information to managers, suppliers, contractors, co-workers, direct report or the public.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Reasonable accommodate may be made for the employee to meet the essential functions of the position.

Position Type

Full time



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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

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