Production Operator I - 1st Shift

Manufacturing Grand Rapids, Michigan


Position at Knape and Vogt

Job Description Summary


Production Operator I will run various machines at optimal level with some complexities, ability to troubleshoot machine, conduct changeovers, and respond quickly to any machine faults in both automated and non-automated cells.  This position reports to the Zone Leader.


The duties and responsibilities of a Production Operator I will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for achieving rate and meeting targets
  • Load, hand, position, unload, and manipulate parts
  • Conduct changeovers and setups as a team
  • Perform all quality functions and checks as required
  • Follow all safety procedures
  • Perform all shop order functions, packing instructions and labeling requirements
  • Respond to machine faults and downtime, and accurately track on data collection sheets
  • Perform all quality functions and checks as required
  • Keep a clean and organized work area
  • Inspect parts and machinery for errors
  • Work cooperatively and cohesively with team members, and escalate to Zone Leader any inappropriate conduct or language
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Safety Conscious
  • Customer Focus
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Quality Focus
  • Results Oriented
  • Highly organized
  • Strong work ethic
  • Team player
  • Professional & pleasant demeanor


  • Work Experience: Entry Level
  • Education: N/A
  • Computer Skills: Ability to learn and make transactions in an ERP system like Oracle
  • Organization Skills: Ability to efficiently work in a high paced environment
  • Cross-functional skills: Ability to work with other team members on the production floor, Able to run multiple jobs in more than one department
  • Organizational Skills: Ability to handle multiple priorities efficiently and effectively, Ability to problem-solve
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with team and with individuals at all levels.
  • Physical, Mental and Visual Skills: 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 disability to perform the essential functions; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear and use fingers and hands.
  • Physical Environment: Manufacturing environment and exposure to moving equipment. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience: Previous experience in a manufacturing setting
  • Education: High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Certifications: N/A
  • Computer Skills: N/A


KV is a dedicated equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. KV encourages applicants of all ages.