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Shading Operator 1

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Date: Jun 7, 2021

Location: Waukegan, IL, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

This position is responsible for making color adjustments to shaded liquid paints. The operation will include using a scale to measure the raw material components accurately then and add the materials to the batch in process under a mixer.  The Shader will work with Senior Shaders and Color Specialists to learn the fundamentals of the shading process. The Shader will also learn to perform QC testing such as grind, weight per gallon, NVM, viscosity, etc. The Shader is required to use designated equipment in accordance with established Standard Operating Procedures to achieve the highest level of quality, safety, efficiency and productivity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Making adjustments to shaded batches by mixing and measuring each raw material accurately.  Mix and spray products onto substrates.   All tasks are to be performed in accordance with standard operating instructions using safe work practices.    
  • Maintain accurate and sufficient inventory levels in PR03 to ensure uninterrupted operation of making adjustment(s). Maintain accurate records of materials, quantities, and lot numbers used while making adjustment(s) to the product(s)    
  • Performs product testing to internal and/or external specifications and other tests as required on batch QAT.
  • Work with Senior Shaders to learn the fundamentals of the shading process.
  • Responsible for the collection and proper disposal of hazardous waste and maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness in all their respective work areas.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • High school graduate and 1 – 2 years college or equivalent is preferred
  • 1 year experience in a plant manufacturing chemical/coatings environment
  • Good math skills is a critical requirement
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word type programs is preferred
  • Ability to wear breathing apparatus (respirator) and pass fit test
  • Visual color perception and ability to pass color test
  • Ability to operate PC with windows based operating system
  • Must have the aptitude to operate various pieces of manufacturing equipment and testing instrumentation required to perform job functions
  • Job involves walking or standing for eight-hour shift
  • Ability to lift 55 lbs; ability to push/pull 55-gallon drums weighing up to 500 lbs; lifting on a repetitive basis


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 11581 


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