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Heat Press Operator Lead

Company: 5.11 Tactical
Location: Manteca
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:


Under the direction of the Custom Shop Production Floor Supervisor and the Heat-Press/Laser Lead, this position is responsible for accurately and efficiently applying heat-pressable and laser engraved designs to 5.11 Tactical and 3rd party products, as well as laser cutting fabrics for embroidery applications. Responsible for plotting, weeding, laser etching and cutting, machine operation and ensuring a quality graphic application. This person must possess a close attention to detail and follows good judgement to exceed our customer's expectations. Responsible for meeting department and individual goals.


  • Must gain knowledge and become proficient in the use of Shopworks.
  • Must follow all department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Must learn or have existing experience with all Heat-press and Laser Engraving embellishment techniques and application (plotting and weeding, graphic placement, pressure setting, time settings, heat settings, adhesion testing, fabric testing, laser selection, laser intensity setting, power and speed setting, layout, placement and QC).
  • Must be familiar with all 5.11 products and their construction to better understand embellishment opportunities and limitations.
    • Must learn and understand all FTZ compliance requirements.
    • Must meet and keep up with standard capacity averages.
    • Follows daily production schedule to ensure customer orders are produced for on-time delivery (by set production date).
    • Follows instructions within the Shopworks workorder and attachments to verify product style, color, sizing and total product quantity; and verifies correct design, graphic size, production sequence, embellishment colors and graphic placement.
    • Adjusts heat-press for proper pressure, time and heat, and laser equipment for proper laser type, intensity, power and speed.
    • Must produce a pre-production strike-off for every graphic placement, to be approved by the Heat-Press/Laser Lead prior to running production.
    • Watches production closely for quality and corrects issues as necessary.
    • Notifies Heat-Press/Laser Lead of product shortages.
    • Informs Heat-Press/Laser Lead of machine malfunction or needed maintenance.
    • Communicates with teammates when support is needed (ie. plotting, weeding, and staging)
    • Assists in solutions to improve efficiencies and can troubleshoot and resolve issues in a timely manner.
    • Scans orders "Produced" in Shopworks, in real-time of order completion.
    • Maintains and ensures equipment is clean and in proper operating condition daily. Assists in Preventative Maintenance and Sanitization.
    • Maintains organization and cleanliness of work area and equipment.
    • Assists in training new Heat-Press/Laser department hires.
      • Carefully follows all safety requirements.
        • Performs other duties and tasks as assigned.


          To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

          Education and Experience: Previous work experience in a screen print or embroidery company preferred.

          Language Skills: Ability to read, write, and comprehend English instructions. Listens and gets clarification. Listens to others without interrupting.

          Mathematical Skills: Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers to fill out production records.

          Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written and oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving few concrete variables in standardized situations. Exceptional organizational skills required. Ability to recognize and resolve problems quickly using sound judgment and diplomacy.

          Computer Skills: Basic computer / keyboard knowledge is required. Must have or acquire functional knowledge of company ERP (Dynamics AX) and the Custom Shop production management solution Shopworks.

          Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

          While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision to discern colors and fine detail.

          Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

          The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to noisy.

          OUR VALUES:

          At 5.11 we embrace a high energy culture built upon our values of Service, Unity, Impact and Tenacity.

          Service - At 5.11, we wear our passion for service on our sleeves: it is an honor to serve those who serve and people of all walks of life. With humility and great respect for our consumers and our roots, we take pride in our brand and engage with our communities. By championing the needs of our consumer we fulfill the mission of a lifetime.

          Unity - We build together-as one, global 5.11 family. Our individual abilities and diverse perspectives strengthen outcomes. We collaborate, taking a holistic view and listening actively. By communicating with intention, care and clarity, we empower each other to reach new heights.

          Impact - We have big ambitions and they start and end with our consumer. With them in mind, we innovate for impact-we think big, think creatively and challenge norms. We foster curiosity and iterate, relentlessly pursuing solutions. For ultimate impact, we drive to disrupt for good.

          Tenacity - We are tenacious in our pursuits and accountable to each other. This builds trust and the confidence to rise to any challenge. We have the courage to take risks and, no matter the outcome, we flex and adapt, always having each other's backs. We persist-determined to Always Be Ready.

          PAY RANGE: $15.50 - $20 per hour plus bonus

          5.11 Tactical offers a best-in-class benefits program including: medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) program with employer match; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance. Additionally, employees can choose from several voluntary benefits including: Hospital Indemnity/Accident insurance; Flexible Spending Account/Health Saving Account; Employee Assistance Program; Paid Time Off/Paid Holidays/Sick Time; Casual Dress Code; and Employee Discounts.

          *If you are a regular full-time employee working at least 30 hours per week, you and your eligible dependents may participate in 5.11's benefits program.*

          Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

          The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: 5.11 Tactical, Manteca , Heat Press Operator Lead, Other , Manteca, California

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