Careers Tender - Kent Elastomer Products

General Labor, Kent

Scope of Position:

The General Laborer represents the largest group in the plant and have the most impact on day to day operations. All equipment used in daily operations is maintained by this position. They check and maintain latex levels and properties of latex in dip machines, load and unload trucks, maintain and clean equipment, perform handling operations for cured tubing, prepare various solutions, dispose of waste materials and do general clean‑up.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain latex levels in dip machines and add ammonia and water to machines.
  • Drain, dismantle, clean reassemble and refill dip machines.
  • Filter latex into fillings carts.
  • Change and clean machine filter screens and tank screens.
  • Load and unload transport trucks.
  • Strip Custom Dip forms and soften Custom Dip tanks.
  • Handle brominating operations.
  • Follow instructions and directions of the supervisor.
  • Attend to mandrel needs.
  • Maintain soap, cornstarch and anti‑tack solutions.
  • “Cream” machines.
  • Coagulate, weigh, and dispose of scrap latex.
  • Remove trash, sweep and mop floors.
  • Communicate status of jobs to next shift.
  • Handle screen changing for air makeup.

Range of Physical Activities:

  • Standing/Walking ‑ Continuous standing and walking. General Laborers are on their feet all day.
  • Pushing/Pulling ‑ Various carts and containers, in tight spots, weighing 50 to 500 lbs., floor buffers in tight areas, sweeping and mopping.
  • Lifting ‑ Required to lift tubs weighing 20 to 40 lbs. to a height of 6′, barrels 50 to 100 lbs. to a height of 3′, and various containers and equipment weighing 10 to 80 lbs.
  • Writing ‑ Notes, tags, maintaining logs, truck sheets, shipping orders, etc.
  • Reading ‑ Supervisor instructions, operator notes, procedures, etc.
  • Math ‑ Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and use and understand fractions and decimals.
  • Climbing ‑ Must work off of a 5′ scaffolding, climb ladders up to 5′, and step up 3′ to clean pumper carts.
  • Manual Dexterity ‑ Must be able to tie and join tubing ends, hold items and cut with scissors, scrub parts 4′ high, stack and un‑stack tubs and barrels, changing screens, and fill dip machines.
  • Visual Activity ‑ Must visually maintain levels and depths of various fluids, see color of sleeves and/or ties, and determine what colors are running on current production.
  • Temperature/Humidity ‑ Must be able to withstand temperatures up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity


The majority of new employees begin their service as General Laborers. The position requires constant attention to detail and ability to respond to requests both quickly and accurately. The ultimate productivity of the plant is dependent on the General Laborers performing their duties in a timely and complete manner. General Laborers must be aware of the safety aspects of the job. They are working with hazardous materials; unsafe operation of equipment or performance of duties can result in lost time due to personal injury and/or equipment damage. This position may be required to perform other duties than those listed, as required by management, within the guidelines of labor contract.

Responsibility and Authority Concerning Quality:

It is the responsibility of all personnel in this classification to initiate appropriate action to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformity related to the product and/or process. It will be the employee’s responsibility to identify any problems related to the product and/or process and report this to their immediate supervisor. It is also the responsibility of the employee to initiate, recommend or provide solutions to the problems through the chain of command and to verify the implementation of the solutions. The employee will segregate the nonconforming product until the deficiency, or unsatisfactory condition is corrected or the responsibility of the product is transferred.