Production Associate

Position Summary

Manages various processes involved in the manufacture of rope, including core twisting, backwinding, sheath twisting, winding, braiding, inspection, and final finish, depending on actual assigned work area(s).

Essential Functions

  • Demonstrates working knowledge of machinery and tools being used, including emergency shut offs, restart procedures, basic maintenance and troubleshooting, identification of crash causes, gearing, and basic setup procedures
  • Handles various processes involved in manufacture of rope as necessary, including core twisting, backwinding, sheath twisting, winding, braiding, inspection, and final finish
  • Understands and can apply working knowledge of all aspects of rope manufacture, including the difference between S and Z twists, bobbins, and colored tubes, and identification and correct handling of non-conforming product
  • Maintains clean and organized workspace, including ensuring accurate labeling and taking corrective measures as necessary
  • Understands all aspects of production process, including storage, organization, and labeling of all ropes (including assembled packages), lot numbers, cord patterns, and lay length
  • Manages and recycles waste product according to department protocols
  • Demonstrates safe working practices, including appropriate attire and safety gear, and brings any safety issues to the attention of management immediately
  • Maintains and updates appropriate levels of documentation, including log sheets, labeling and sorting product, and construction sheets
  • Operates efficiently and with as little waste as possible while still maintaining high standards for quality
  • Effectively communicates needs, problems, and ideas between departments, as well as within production department and shifts as appropriate
  • Communicates with Quality Control as necessary regarding control documents and any quality concerns of issues related to product or process, offering solutions as appropriate and assisting with resolution
  • Actively monitors product for issues and takes steps to troubleshoot if a problem is identified, stopping production and notifying supervisor if something doesn’t look or feel correct
  • Demonstrates an understanding of all Sterling Rope products, as well as the ability to identify most by sight
  • Coordinates with R&D to ensure test samples are handled appropriately when necessary
  • Maintain confidentiality

Additional Functions

  • Has a basic knowledge of each department within the plant
  • Ensure that work areas are kept clean in accordance with Sterling policy
  • Recommend efficiencies or areas of improvement when relevant
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions
  • Strong attention to detail, commitment to quality, and organizational skills
  • Respectful and positive attitude
  • Basic verbal communication skills, as well as customer service skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
  • Ability to plan workload efficiently
  • Willingness to assist others when necessary


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