Packaging Corporation of America
Maintenance Helper and Asst. Operator/ Operator
August 2010 — October 2011
When I first started at PCA I worked as a maintenance helper by performing duties such as: maintain parts room, order new parts, and also assisting with any work order that needed my assistance. While working in the maintenance department I acquired my forklift license. Using a forklift, stand up forklift, or pallet jack I would move machine parts such as electric motors, drive shafts, hydraulic pumps or other heavy equipment either into the maintenance department for repair, into storage, or move new and repaired parts to the correct machine according to the work order. I was assigned a task to maintain inventory and keep four parts rooms organized and easily accessible to the maintenance crew. This requires me to count, organize, and log-in a large quantity of machine parts and tools. I was then moved to assistant operator feeding a two color rotary die cutter sheets of corrugated box sheets. As an assistant operator I learned how to set up the machine for the next work order scheduled for the day, running the machine, maintaining quality control. When doing quality control tests I would check the viscosity of he ink we were using and making sure the dye cutter was in line and not damaged. Once I assessed the product I would fill out my quality control sheet, which needed to be maintained and filled out every hour. Operating a rotary die cutter requires focus on quality while maintaining speed. PCA was also very safety conscious which lead me to learn safe work habits through practice and meetings. For instance when I was setting the machine for the next work order I would have to open the machine up and turn the power off to the machine locking it with my lock-out tag-out lock. Other safety procedures were wearing earplugs at all times, gloves and sleeves when needed, and when using a blow torch or welding using the correct PPE (personal protection equipment) such as a welding hood, welding gloves, and jacket.