Extruder Operator

Woodland, CA

PGP is nestled in the heart of Yolo County in beautiful northern California, to the West of the Sacramento River, 45 minutes from the amazing wine country in Napa Valley, 1.5 hours from beautiful Lake Tahoe to the east and San Francisco to the west. Just north of this area are multiple lakes and mountains, all attractive for outdoor activities. PGP International (PGP), a leading manufacturer of high-quality food ingredients for nutritional food products is seeking an extraordinary individual to work out of our Woodland, CA facility. We specialize in high protein soy crisps, rice flours and blends, and gluten-free products for the Cereal, Energy and Nutritional Bar industry, both domestically and internationally. 

Since its establishment as an ABF Ingredients Company in 2002, PGP has continually expanded and has experienced successful growth in recent years. PGP has been awarded Good Manufacturing Practices for Sport Registration from NSF International. Our commitment to quality and service is backed by an ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and enhanced quality assurance measures, including the implementation of the most stringent food safety procedures.


The Extruder Operator is responsible for operating all extrusion equipment in accordance with provided documentation and written procedures. These include setup, operation and clean up of machinery. In addition operators must perform all post quality checks. The objective is to provide the highest quality product with the least amount of waste.


  • Complete set up of all extruders, including setting upscrew configurations cutter box alignments
  • Operation of Evolums, Clextrals and Buhler’s according to published parameters
  • Insure correct and adequate dry batch is available before start ups
  • Prepare Liquid batches per standard manufacturing practices
  • Complete all production paperwork in a timely manner with greater attention to accuracy
  • Minimize changeover times to increase equipment utilization
  • Insure all equipment is handled and operated properly
  • Maintains compliance with company rules within his/her jurisdiction. Comply with all safety policies including lock out – tag out
  • Maintain product specification in accordance with the standards
  • Insure proper package weights, materials and labeling as required
  • Conduct quality checks every 30 min to insure quality specifications are being met
  • Complete all QA documentation as well as extrusion parameter documentation
  • Provide information to blender operators regarding the progress of production, so that product is reduced with minimum overrun and waste
  • Promptly relay information to cell lead and supervisor regarding shift accomplishments, problems or suggestions for improvements
  • Assist in training of new operators
  • Perform preventive maintenance such as checking fluid levels and overall condition of extruders
  • Must follow sanitation procedures when cleaning Extruders
  • Dismantle transitions during shutdowns for sanitation
  • Maintain good housekeeping and safety practices. Perform sanitation and complete cleaning procedures as required by cleaning SOPs
  • Must be able to work overtime on short notice
  • Assist Packaging Lead on disposition of rework
  • Must learn to operate all 6 extruders


  • Touch screen computer, calculations
  • Use of advanced power tools
  • Ability to use a Forklift and Boom Lift
  • Experience with Lock Out Tago Out (LOTO)
  • Confined space entry experience
  • Ability to read and write English
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs and stand for multiple hours at a time
  • Ability to rotate all shifts (Day, Swing & Graveyard) every 4 weeks


  • High school diploma, or other equivalent experience or education


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life (no waiting period)
  • 401k retirement plan with a company match (no waiting period)
  • Short-term and Long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Account/Healthcare Savings Account
  • Dependent Care Spending
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • 18 days Paid Time Off
  • 10 Paid Holidays


If you are interested in being considered for this role, please click here to apply.