Material Handler I in Modesto CA

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Material Handler I
Job ID: 
Modesto CA
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Job Types:
Shipping/Receiving, Warehouse Labor
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Summary\: (Basic Knowledge  90 days)

Operator will perform all tasks involving the delivery of raw materials and the palletizing, documentation, and storage of all finished goods. Operate all energized and non-energized Forklift and Palletizing equipment including Forklifts, Pallet Jacks, Floor Scrubber, Palletizing Robot and shrink wrap machines. Ensure efficient operation of equipment as well as maintaining all paper work accurately. Follow written and verbal instructions to ensure quality and efficiency standards are being met. Assume responsibility for safety, quality and effective communication relevant to shift and plant performance. Must have high integrity, honesty, and capable of handling situations calmly. A keen eye for detail will be needed in a physically demanding environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities\:

Utilizing the Oracle production tools and wireless handheld RF scanners to generate labels placing them on pallets and account for inventory

Scan bar codes to make sure codes are accurate and readable

Places finished product pallets in the warehouse processing all necessary moves including immediate transactions for the final locations

Communicate to all other facility personnel regarding any delays or problems that hinder production

Monitors and fixes faults as well as clearing any material jams in palletizing robot

Maintain all forklift inspection prior to shift with accurate documentation

Conducts required quality checks to assure standards are met.

Maintains communications within production team ensuring smooth shift transitions, etc.

Troubleshoot and resolve basic to moderate operating difficulties involving area equipment

Support mechanics in appropriate maintenance activities.

Monitor raw packaging material and supplies to ensure it is supplied in an efficient manor to support production including cardboard, laminate, glue, etc.

Maintain ingredients and material in a First In First Out basis (FIFO)

Relieve other production team members for breaks and absences as required

Accurately prepares and maintains all area paperwork

Must be able to work both independently as well as professionally with other team members

Key Accountabilities\:


Follows all plant safety rules

Complies with Good manufacturing practices

Reports all accidents to the production supervisor

Serves an active role in the plant safety program by attending safety meetings, participating in monthly safety inspections and reporting any potential safety hazards to the safety committee or Production Supervisor.


Adheres to all Quality Assurance System guidelines

Follows SOPs on truck inspection for loading and unloading

Responsible for compliance with the HACCP program

Must adhere to and follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)

Accurately prepares and maintains distribution area documentation / barcoding


Maintain a clean and organized work area around the equipment and warehouse as well as assist with general housekeeping in all areas of the plant

Assists all areas of the plant with general housekeeping

Cooperates with other shifts and the management team in housekeeping endeavors

Perform all warehouse Sanitation process with documentation


As a member of the Production team, ensures the effective shift communication and teamwork with the other operators occurs each scheduled shift

Maintains effective communication with members of the support group

Maintain communication with shift supervisor as well as Warehouse Shipping and Receiving Manager

When utilizing the handheld radios employees are expected to be professional and respectful when communicating

Teamwork and Training

Promotes and contributes to the development of teamwork among production team members

Assist in coaching and training employees as requested by the management team

Personal Development

Continuous improvement of knowledge of the batch output and distribution/downline area as well as all other areas in the plant

Supervisory Responsibilities\:




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Should have concrete knowledge of automated or computerized system operations. Individual should be able to operate a forklift and other material handling equipment in tight and congested areas. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Forklift certified with SunOpta

  • Works with minimal amount of supervision

  • Team player

  • Able to evaluate a situation and make a good decision

  • Able to keep operating logs and records

  • Able to read manuals and problem solve

  • Good past work history

  • Good attendance record

  • Able to stand for long periods of time (12) hours

  • Able to climb off and on forklift/stairs on a regular basis

  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds frequently  move/transfer cases and pallets

  • Package integrity

  • Trouble shooting

  • Hygiene

  • Communication


High school diploma, or GED


Entry Level  willing to train

Physical Demands / Work Environment

The work environment characteristics/physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to wet and / or humid conditions (non-weather); moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

A 24/7 36/48-hour work week will be considered normal. Extra hours, off hours, and extra work days may be required to accommodate new projects, product development, and other special situations.

The employee must occasionally sit, lift, push, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds regularly and up to 75 pounds occasionally. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, grasp, type; reach with hands and arms; lean, crouch, stoop, kneel, or crawl; climb up and down ladders or stairs. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee is required to climb and operate a multi-story machine several times per hour. Frequently talk or listen. Frequently work near moving mechanical parts. Occasionally work in high places, occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions.

Please note this job description is not meant to be all-inclusive nor is it designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability or for other reasons.

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