Hydrogel Mixer - Nights - Mon - Wed, 7 pm - 7 am - Paid Wkly, $17 to $20 hour

    • Job Tracking ID: 512885-837787
    • Job Location: Des Moines, IA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 21, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Available shift:

Monday-Wednesday (Nights) 7 pm - 7am ,pay range $17 - $20 based on experience


This employee is responsible for the set up and mixing of hydrogel batches in the Hydrogel Department with minimal supervision according to batch tickets. This employee must inspect the quality of the materials and work in process as well as accurately complete associated paperwork; must lead the employees of the manufacturing area by example in the areas of attitude, work quality, work ethic, dependability, and company loyalty.


  1. Performs blending/mixing of chemicals according to batch tickets to create the hydrogel blends for downstream coating lines.
  2. Maintains 100% GMP & Compliance to FDA guidelines during mixing operation
  3. Accurately processes and handles associated paperwork as required for the work being completed following Good Documentation Practices
  4. Set-ups, operates, and cleans equipment (mixers, scales, tanks, drum haulers, etc.) safely and according to work instructions.
  5. Works with a variety of chemicals safely and according to their SDSs.
  6. Ensures proper usage of Safety and Protective Gear (PPE).
  7. Verifies though work orders that job processes and drawings are correct before production runs.
  8. Verifies all chemicals and mixes are properly labeled and are in good condition containers. Ensures material is not expired before material is added to mix.
  9. Ensures cleaning and organizing of work areas according to 5S methodology.
  10. Coordinates with warehouse department for availability of Raw Materials and Packaging components prior to start of operation
  11. Attends and monitors mixes to ensure proper blending and proper temperatures.
  12. Responsible for proper waste disposal of spent chemicals.
  13. Identifies and communicates to management about safety/quality issues or observations.
  14. Leads other mixers, operators and assemblers to meet quality, safety and productivity expectations.
  15. Completes work in a timely manner according to departmental schedules with minimal supervision.
  16. Leads other employees by example in the areas of attitude, work quality, work ethic, dependability, and company loyalty.


  • Support Engineering development batches for mixing operations
  • Assist in production, converting, warehouse, and packaging operations as and when required.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required.


  • Alert management of problems with materials, machines, scales or chemicals.
  • Request necessary supplies and resources required to complete the jobs assigned.

Experience and Skills:


  1. High School Diploma or equivalent minimum.
  2. Good work attendance and dependability.
  3. Able to work independently with little supervision.
  4. Able to work in a highly controlled and disciplined environment. Must be able to follow prescribed directions. Require a strong attention to detail.
  5. Must be able to communicate in English: read, write and understand.
  6. Must be able to understand chemical symbols and labeling.
  7. Must be able to perform basic calculations.
  8. Able to work smart and at a brisk and safe pace.
  9. Able to communicate and work with others as a team.
  10. Able to read and understand batch tickets and mix accordingly.
  11. Able to recognize quality problems with chemicals, materials and work in process.
  12. Able to use required tools, scales, temperature probes, tanks, mixers, etc. involved in the mixing process.
  13. Ability to lead and influence others by example in the areas of attitude, work quality, work ethic, dependability, and company loyalty.
  14. Experience with chemical dispensing, mixing, blending, or compounding.
  15. Experience working with various inks, coatings, including solvents, alcohol, UV, and water based varnish and other printing supplies a plus.


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.

Job requires the employee to stand. The employee is frequently required to use hands to grasp, finger or handle objects and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or exert force from 25 up to 80 pounds. Push and/or pull up to 300 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and color determination. The job requires use of respirator.


A majority of time will be performing mixing operations within the mixing rooms. This position requires the use of harsh chemicals and you must wear appropriate PPE including a respirator at certain times.