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Powder Coater

Posted: 09/11/2022

SUMMARY: The Finishing Department Powder Coater’s primary job function is the application of either the primer powder or the colored top coat of powder onto frames & parts with the highest efficiency and effectiveness.  Frames and parts come in many different shapes and sizes from large bulky tables & chaises to small pieces the size of paper clips.  Powder thickness, complete coverage of the item, transfer efficiency, powder usage, focus on getting the powder into cracks & crevices are just some of the areas where particular attention needs to paid to in order to maintain the highest quality finish.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Apply powder coatings onto steel & aluminum furniture frames and parts using a powder application gun.
  • Double check to make the sure the correct settings are on the powder coating gun control panel for the color powder that you are about to spray before starting to spray.
  • Always make sure to spray powder at approximately 12 inches from the part, not too close, but not too far away in order to achieve the best transfer efficiency and coverage.

Daily Checks:

  • Proper ground from the powder application machine to the finishing line.
  • Inspect & check the powder hopper, gun & lines for proper operation. Some parts do wear out, so it’s important to check those parts at least once a week to make sure they are still in a condition to provide optimal desired spray pattern & transfer efficiency.
  • Observe the conveyor to make sure you don’t see it stopping when it shouldn’t be or jerking too much.
  • Make sure the dust collection system is operating properly.
  • Train and become familiar with “powder mil (1 mil is equal to one thousands of an inch) thickness” in order to efficiently apply the correct amount of powder.
  • The correct thickness of powder will provide the best protection and the correct look as well as not waste powder.
  • Pay attention and observe the powder that is being applied in order to notice if there is anything unusual about the color of the unbaked powder based your experience with the powder, such as color, texture of the powder, particle size, clumpiness, etc. Stop spraying the powder anytime you notice something unusual and notify your supervisor immediately.
  • Make sure to apply the powder to the entire frame. Pay special attention to NOT miss any spots or spray to thin or not enough mils to get the desired level of coverage of powder depending of the specific powder.  Some powders may require more or less of a mil thickness in order to achieve the desired look for that particular powder.
  • Apply either a primer under coat or a color top coat in accordance with established standards & specifications.
  • Use proper safety equipment & procedures at all times.
  • Inspect your work for quality and make sure it meets established standards & specifications.
  • Keep work area clean and picked upped.

QUALITY:

  • Quality must always be a top priority.
  • All quality issues, rejects, out of specification, and the like need to be documented & sent for review to the Department Lead and then to the Production Manager, on a weekly basis.

SAFETY:

  • Understand thoroughly the Company’s worker and work place safety policies and procedures.
  • Watch for employees who are not wearing proper safety equipment or are committing safety violations, and report any incidents to your Lead, Supervisor or Manager as soon as possible.
  • Notify the department Lead or Supervisor or Manager right away of any serious situation in order to correct the situation.

Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily in accordance with established standards and quality. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to speak and read either English or Spanish, both is preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Basic addition and subtraction.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and oral form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Regular use of hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms (waist level).  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.  The employee is required to weave lightweight metal strips in a crisscross pattern and rivet together with a single rivet, riveting machine.  Riveted parts are stacked, inventoried and stored for use in the production of furniture.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moving mechanical equipment and an environment and noise level consistent with light industrial manufacturing.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Must have a least a year experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: None.

BENEFITS/COMPANY

BENEFITS: OW Lee offers the following benefits to their employees after probation period:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision including HSA/HMO/PPO Health Care Plans.
  • $15,000 Life insurance at no cost to the employee with the option to purchase additional insurance for them and family at low rates.
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Vacation & Sick Pay
  • 10 Paid Holidays

COMPENSATION

Starting at $15-16/hr

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