Machine Operator -Perry Harvest Plant

Date:  Nov 21, 2023

Perry, GA, US, 31069

Req ID:  70722
Job Function:  Production

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


Performs pre-determined measurements on the equipment that will maximize overall machine operations to ensure optimal operating efficiency to meet production goals.  Verifies machine settings, identifies equipment problems and makes recommendations to Maintenance for repair, adjustment and preventative maintenance.  Ensures that equipment performs in an efficient manner and meets birds per man hour requirements.  Monitors process to ensure a quality product is produced in a timely and efficient manner.  Keeps floor in the area clean.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Ensures that the machines are in operational order, including carriers, track, belting and washers.  Maintains basic equipment conditions such as cleaning, lubricating, inspecting and maintaining proper alignment.  If necessary make minor repairs.

Keeps machine free of jams.

Takes random samples of poultry caucus to make determinations of yield efficiency levels.

Maintains the yield efficiency goal levels set forth by management.

Ensures the machine loaders are properly loading correctly to reduce down grade product and increase overall yield.  Makes changes based on production needs, such as tender in versus tender out.

Adheres to all safety requirements including PPE, preventing and reporting unsafe acts and conditions, lockout-tag out procedures and Process Safety Management related matters.


Minimum Education

High School diploma or equivalent plus 1 year or more experience in deboning manufacturing.

Experience Requirements

In depth knowledge of the overall deboning process; mechanical aptitude, ability to test and document process and product quality.  Ability to analyze data and process information in real-time and utilize data points in decision making process.  Good analytical skills and sound decision making abilities.  Ability to multi-task and meet ever changing demands and requirements.

Experience Preferred

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  1. Wear protective equipment as it aligns with Company policy.
  2. Working stationary at 1-2 hour intervals with normal rotation within a normal 8 hour shift.
  3. Temperatures range from 26-32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Work environment has noise levels of 85-96 db in a lighted area of production.
  5. Must be nimble and possess the physical ability to climb on the equipment as necessary to make adjustments and ensure product is loading and processing properly. 
  6. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds up and down stairs, multiple times during a shift.
  7. Able to exert pressure with arms and/or legs while standing in a stationary position.

When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity.
May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db. May be exposed to dust, feathers and all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility. Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company. Occasional exposure to carbon dioxide vapors 10ppm and chlorine less than 20 ppm. Able to stand for several hours. Work may include lifting (35 to 65 lbs) to heights from 5" to 84", reaching, bending, pushing boxes on conveyor assembly.  May need to have the ability to operate standup lift for 9 plus hours.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Warner Robins
Nearest Secondary Market: Macon