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Press Machine Operator/ Finisher



Press Machine Operator/ Finisher

  • 492381
  • Palmyra, New York, United States
  • Garlock
  • Operations
  • Temp-to-Hire

Are you seeking a seasonal entry level job to grow our career in the manufacturing industry? Are you able to work a 1st shift from 6:00am to 2:00pm?  If you said YES to these questions, this position might be for you! This is a direct to hire job which means you will have a chance to choose a full time shift. Also, this temporary position qualifies for our full time benefits! 

We are Garlock family of companies and we manufacture industrial sealing and pipeline protection products. We are industry leaders focused on continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. 

We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, including:

  • $18.99 per hour 
  • Overtime based on seniority and not mandatory 
  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage for employee plus eligible dependents ( Blue Cross/MVP or AETNA insurance options)
  • Tuition Assistance
  • 6% 401K match
  • Paid vacation + 10 Holidays ( How would you like to spend the holidays with the people you love the most?) 
  • Life and AD & D insurance, dependent life insurance, long term disability, and HSA, FSA, and much more?


  • Operates a series of electric/hydraulic presses in various molding operations consisting of long or short production runs of products made of various rubber compounds or a combination of rubber, spring, fabric and/or metal blanks.
  • Completes opening of press/mold by various manual means and closes partially by manual means and pushing control buttons.
  • Raises and lowers presses.
  • Applies mold release to cavities as per work instructions.
  • Inserts blanks in mold cavities by hand.
  • Inserts Mold in/out press
  • Cures stock for prescribed length of time.
  • Removes finished molded pieces from mold cavities, rough pick and deposits in provided containers as per work instruction.
  • Uses care in loading molds to insure that metal or rubber blanks are properly positioned.  Quality inspection responsibilities will become paramount throughout molding cycle.
  • Determines and implements corrective actions when defects occur with product and notifies Supervision and/or Engineering when unable to correct defect.
  • Audits pre-molded blanks for defects and proper weights during initial start-up.
  • Informs Supervisor and/or Engineering of defective conditions concerning pre-molded blanks. Assists and suggests ways to correct defects.
  • Inspects finished molded pieces, this inspection will involve visual or the use of some form of gauge(s) as required.
  • Provides input and data as required for metrics.
  • Verifies mold release correctness.
  • Verifies receipt, pressures, cure times and temperatures on product masters when presses are in operation.  Employee will however, be alert to pressure changes, proper functioning of mechanical lubricating systems, temperature readings, bumps and pre-heat cycle so as to provide input and correct product masters if improprieties exist.
  • Works with Supervision and Tech Aides to assure product master correctness, including trial runs, data gathering and verbal communication as to progress status.
  • Performs various finishing operations (manual or machine) on molded rubber items and other miscellaneous items in order to prepare them for shipment.
  • Works closely with Engineering personnel in the development and establishment of standard operating data relative to new and/or experimental products.
  • Moves all finished work to proper center and records production and signs off each completed router step.
  • Maintains equipment, cleans and lubricates machines, empties dust collectors and refuse containers.
  • Miscellaneous functions such as rough picking and stacking of parts will be an essential  duty of the operator. May assist in finishing operation as directed.
  • Monitors pressure changes, vacuum changes, proper functioning of mechanical lubricating system, temperature readings, bumps, and pre-heat cycle so as to provide input and to help correct product masters if improprieties exist.
  • Performs lock out tag out process and cleans presses.
  • Weights extrusion blanks, measures critical dimensions like O.D. to ensure proper quality.  Records and charts measurements.


  • Maintains stock tote pans or containers in neat and orderly fashion.
  • Collects data and provides input to supervision and/or Engineering regarding proper data codes, stock availability and mold conditions
  • Trouble shoots process as corrective action when defects occur with product/ assists and suggests ways to correct defects.
  • Adheres to all plant safety guidelines.
  • Keeps work area in 5S condition.
  • Performs other jobs as assigned by Supervisor.


High school diploma or equivalent

Previous manufacturing experience preferred


POSTURE:  Standing, leaning, reaching

MAXIMUM WEIGHT TO BE LIFTED: up to 35 lbs, anything over 35 lbs must be lifted by two people or appropriate lifting equipment.


REPETITIVE MOTION TASKS:  Arm/shoulder movement when loading & unloading molds, lifting & lowering mold covers, pushing and pulling molds.          

DURATION OF SHIFT: 80%              

OTHER: Potential burns, knife cuts, finger pinching                   

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Heat, fumes, noise

EnPro Industries companies, including Garlock, are known for their focus on a Dual Bottom Line culture where we seek to enable the full release of human possibility through individual development while achieving strong financial returns. We invest in our employees and provide opportunities for them to make a difference while building a culture that reflects our core values of safety, excellence and respect. Each person has the opportunity to truly make an impact as an integral part of a collective.

EnPro Industries are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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