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Vicryl Extrusion Operator.

Company: Johnson & Johnson
Location: Cornelia
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Ethicon Inc., member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is currently recruiting Vicryl Extrusion Operator, located in Athens/Cornelia, GA.

This role is eligible for a $2,000 sign-on bonus for qualified/eligible candidates.

Company Description

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit .

Ethicon offers a broad range of products, platforms, and technologies-including sutures, surgical staplers, clip appliers, trocars, and synthetic mesh devices-that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women's health conditions, hernias, cancer, and obesity. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. was created 20 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, developing innovative devices that have driven the revolutionary shift from open to minimally invasive surgery that continues to lead the industry today.

Job Summary

Safely and efficiently executes daily tasks related to extrusion manufacturing of synthetic absorbable and non-absorbable multifilament products. Typical tasks include start-up, operation, and shut-down of extrusion and orientation processes, thread-up and doffing of production spools, testing of products, and troubleshooting of processes.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operates and navigates with the extruder computer control systems.
  • Operates the Vac-U-Max polymer feed system and troubleshoots to eliminate feed problems.
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment (godets, orientation lines, kamitsus, Statimats, Denier counter, fray counter, etc.) to produce 56, 52, 80 and 62.5 denier VICRYL*.
  • Tests fiber denier and performs tray testing as required and when necessary troubleshoots process equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions.
  • Tests fiber tenacity and elongation, and tracks results using SPC charting.
  • Monitors equipment through measured checks of speeds and temperatures.
  • Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide in conjunction with directions from a higher level Extrusion Process Operator or supervision.
  • Loads fiber in Tenney ovens at required intervals.
  • Records production data for tracking and evaluating run yield trends, actual yield, and audit progression.
  • Handles hoppers or Port-A-Vacs appropriately, weighing and recording data to track polymer usage.
  • Maintains accurate and legible documentation.
  • Maintains housekeeping standards.
  • Basic knowledge of CAMSTAR data system and inputs data as required.
  • Makes appropriate process changes using the extrusion process specification and troubleshooting guide and as directed by management.
  • Manages the operation of up to six or more extruders running at the same time.
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce 14 and 28 denier VICRYL fiber using split stream or dual take-up.
  • Monitors environmental room conditions and initiates corrective actions as needed.
  • Determines temperature startup profiles based on IV and MI values and polymer history.
  • Monitors and responds to quality issues based on SPC trending of fiber properties, fiber denier testing, and observations of physical appearance.
  • Troubleshoots extruders (working closely with engineering support) and affiliated equipment and takes appropriate corrective actions to eliminate quality process issues.
  • Monitors run yield trends, identifies process issues, recording appropriate information, and effectively communicating this information to support personnel, at shift change, and to management.
  • Starts up and runs extruders and affiliated equipment to produce all denier sizes for VICRYL (including monofilament) with minimal direction.
  • Performs special projects as directed by Process Engineering or Facilitator.
  • Applies an appropriate understanding of polymer behavior and extrusion technology to the extrusion process.
  • Coordinates the efforts of others in their proper job function to minimize waste and maximize production yields.
  • Learns new extrusion processes when opportunities are presented.

    Other Responsibilities
    • Work in team environment behaving in a CREDO based respectful manner.
    • Comply with all federally regulated programs.
    • Adhere to J&J environmental and safety policies and guidelines.
    • Comply with all job specific safety procedures and utilize PPE when necessary.
    • Comply with quality system requirements as defined within procedures and instructions.
    • Use test equipment (Starett Gauge, Mitutoyo Gauge, Microscope, Instron,etc) where applicable.
    • Utilize applicable software systems as needed for the job (e.g. ComplianceWire, ADAPTIV, etc.)
    • Consistently meet required work performance targets (RE's), if applicable
    • Support LEAN and Six Sigma Initiatives.
    • Support Maintenance Excellence (ME2) including 6S and Operator Asset Care.
    • Accurately complete records as defined within the job procedures (e.g. manual and/or electronic documentation).
    • Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor.
    • Consistently meet required Training due date targets.
    • Operates personal computers (menu software applications, spreadsheet data entry).
    • Operates electronic balances, tachometers, calculators, pyrometers, and hand tools.
    • Trains new associates in extrusion, orientation, and testing responsibilities.
    • Interfaces with appropriate engineering, facilities, and instrumentation support representatives in a professional manner to ensure manufacturing operations and projects receive effective and timely technical support.
    • Supports manufacturing teamwork in the daily communications by participating in shift change meetings and sharing appropriate process information to ensure the timely resolution of manufacturing issues.
    • Follow written specifications to manufacture product.
    • Package and prepare product for shipment.
    • Support Plant Diversity Process.
    • Ensure safe working conditions and practices in the department.
    • Adhere to FDA quality and worldwide quality systems.
    • Demonstrate teamwork in identifying, evaluating, and resolving problems within the department.


      • High school education, G.E.D. or equivalent skills, experience, or training.
      • Computer skills.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills.
      • Problem solving.
      • Education beyond high school (college, military, technical school, extrusion experience) is preferred.
      • Basic math skills: add, subtract, multiplication, division, percent, fractions.
      • Basic knowledge of industrial tools and instruments.
      • Basic knowledge of fiber physical properties and appearance quality (tenacity and elongation).
      • Basic knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) used to identify and respond to process trends.
      • Ability to make timely and accurate decisions.
      • Leadership skills are desirable.
      • Self-motivated and capable of completing job duties with minimal supervision.

        Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

        Primary Location

        United States-Georgia-Athens-1420OlympicDrive

        Other Locations

        United States-Georgia-Cornelia


        Ethicon Inc. (6045)

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Keywords: Johnson & Johnson, Athens , Vicryl Extrusion Operator., Other , Cornelia, Georgia

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