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Title:  Material Technician

Requisition ID:  60897
Date:  Mar 15, 2023

Walker, Michigan, US

Department:  Operations

This position is Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday, 5:45 AM - 6:00 PM 


Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

Oversees Materials system to ensure that resin/materials are dry and set-up on time for all mold changes. To ensure that dryers and hoppers are cleaned and maintained according to production standards.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure materials are dried allowing mold changes to continue with no lost time according to schedule and job requirements.
  • Verify that the proper material is being used before starting up a job.
  • Mix material when necessary and as directed.
  • Place material in designated locations for jobs using non-dried material.
  • Ensure all tops are on covering gaylords, bins, bags, etc.
  • Properly maintain material identification board as necessary.
  • Purge material lines through from old material / clean material hopper. Load up new material.
  • Performs air blow (manual clean) of material line with cleaning ball.
  • Maintains, repairs, or replaces damaged gaylords, bags.  
  • Ensures all material and hopper cards are properly filled out.
  • Report any discrepancy between MFG Pro and actual material amount on hand. 
  • Report any lost material due to contamination, spills, etc.
  • Set and maintain all dryer temperatures on dryer hoppers.
  • Repair and maintain all damaged flex hose lines for material and vacuum lines. 
  • Maintain open and effective communication with the technicians, supervisors, and process engineers on Material related issues. 
  • Contribute to continuous process improvement efforts to reduce scrap, cycle times, improve efficiency, and eliminate waste within the production environment.
  • Provides a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers while accomplishing work, production, and achieving quality standards.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly, and safe workstation and environment at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Education: High School or Equivalent
  • Experience: Less than 3 years
  • Minimum six months prior materials experience. Experience with cGMP, ISO, and medical device manufacturing preferred.
  • Three months related safe material handling experience with general-purpose material handling equipment, i.e. forklift, pallet jacks etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.


Physical and Travel Requirements

  • Must be able to work assigned shift(s) with overtime as required to complete assignments if necessary.
  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods may occur as well as getting to and from various locations within facility. 
  • If specifically necessitated by customer requirements, must be able to see with or without corrective lenses and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues. 
  • Hearing ability should be sufficient to hear and react to audible alarms from distances up to 150 feet. 
  • The ability to be able to lift and carry various items up to 50 pounds  
  • Limited, if any, travel requirements. 







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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