First Shift Kiln Operator
Sugar Foods Corp (Pinnacle)
Hendersonville, NC US
Posted ago
Sugar Foods Corp (Pinnacle)

The Kiln Operator is responsible for the proper preparation, loading, firing, unloading and tumbling of ceramic parts and the safe operation of departmental equipment within the Dry Press group.

The position can include assigned weekends and holidays or overtime as required by Supervision.

Work is completed in the kiln area which can be extremely HOT especially in the summer months; lightweight clothing is recommended; regular consumption of replenishing fluids are provided and encouraged.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday (7:00AM - 3:30PM)

Required PPE includes steel toe shoes and gloves when handling hot materials.

The following physical activities 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 and expectations. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to sit, talk or hear; frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision. 

There are no harmful environmental conditions that are present for this position. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Tasks listed are intended to be descriptive and not restrictive. An employee in this position may perform any of the tasks listed; however, these examples do not include all the tasks which an employee may be expected to perform:

  • Prepare and load ceramic parts from dry pressing onto tunnel kiln cars.
  • Unload same ceramic parts from tunnel kiln cars inspecting them to remove any cracked, warped or otherwise defective parts.
  • Tumble ceramic parts in specified tumblers and place in dryer oven to dry; place parts in UNINSPECTED location; once inspected, move to INSPECTED location.
  • Monitor and document the operation of the kilns including periodic kiln watches every 2 hours; maintain tunnel kiln cars, blowers, filters, tracks, etc. as required.
  • Properly record information on lot cards and kiln car tags as cars move through the firing process.
  • Keep work area clean, safe and organized.
  • Maintain safety and Quality Assurance standards by knowing and applying proper procedures for operating the machines within the department.
  • Assist with company 5S program.


  • High School Diploma preferred.
  • Must pass a drug test.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to read and write and understand directions in English.
  • Ability to comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up 25 pounds and occasionally lift/move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to communicate by speech, writing and hearing in person and/or by phone in a businesslike, professional manner.
  • Must understand and use Computer, fax machine and copy machines; Computer software including MS Office, SAP, Excel, email, scanner, calculator and telephones (varies by department).
  • Required PPE includes steel toe shoes and gloves when handling hot materials.

$13.50 per hour
About Sugar Foods Corp (Pinnacle)

Sugar Foods Corporation has been in business for over 20 years, specializing in food packaging and manufacturing. Customer is king at SFC, with several clients who are part of the Fortune 500.

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