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Company: Central Garden & Pet
Location: Irwindale, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


Are you a Machine Operator seeking a great opportunity? Our Breeders Choice division, which manufactures AvoDerm pet food, is looking for a Machine Operator, to work in our Irwindale, CA location.  Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the Machine Operator will operate machinery transforming premixes, additives, liquid mixes, etc., into work-in-process materials or finished goods.  You will be directly responsible for product quality, operator safety, line efficiencies, and equipment changeovers, documentation and for performing essential functions according to work instructions, policies and procedures. 


  • Perform daily start-up procedure; verify line preparation and staging of materials.
  • Complete and document first article product quality inspection.

  • Perform critical safety items inspection and notify appropriate person(s) as necessary.

  • Operate machinery per guidelines and instructions.

  • Document downtime, adjustments, product quality inspections, and operating parameters per guidelines on Maintenance/Safety.

  • Perform mechanical adjustments as required. Position requires above average mechanical ability.  Must be able to determine when equipment is operating outside of normal parameters.

  • Responsible for changeover of various machines to accommodate each product (i.e. equipment disassembly, extensive replacement of change parts, timing, set-up, guarding, and reassembly) in accordance with established standards.  Changeovers are performed in a manner that must minimize cross contamination.

  • Performing timely and proper equipment set up is an important job element.

  • Keep supervisors and packaging personnel informed about the process, timing, and expected completion of work orders.

  • Typical duties involve the direct control and corrective action to achieve the functionality and salability of the product. 


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required. Post high school training desirable. 

  • Prior experience operating machinery (2 years) is required.

  • Successfully complete training and comply with Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures

  • Must be able to read, write, understand and converse in English.

  • Must have a practical working knowledge of basic arithmetic functions (multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).

  • Team work oriented, self-starter, responsible, and exhibits good leadership skills.  Work is conducted in a team environment, therefore, team members carry out assigned duties and the incumbent must actively participate to be effective in the job.

  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner


Works in manufacturing plant with varying temperature and adequate lighting levels. This position is subject to noise from machinery. Requires varying degrees of personal protective equipment including bump caps, ear plugs, gloves, coveralls, and safety glasses or goggles. 

At Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA), we believe home is at the center of our lives, and our employees are driven by our purpose to nurture happy and healthy homes. Our company is made up of thousands of people across North America, with an emerging footprint across the U.K., Mexico, China and Canada - all dedicated to helping gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. We are united by our mission to lead the future of the garden and pet industries…one blade of grass and one wagging tail at a time. Visit our website at www.central.com to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


All successful applicants should expect to undergo a screening for prohibited levels of drugs prior to beginning employment.

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