Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company

Job Description - Pack Line Worker 

Reports To: Packline Supervisor


Description Summary:

The Pack Line Worker is responsible for the duties involved with bottle and draft packaging production. As the bottle and draft product represents the "face" of Short's Brewing Company, the Pack Line Worker is tasked with ensuring that SBC’s standard operating procedures are followed to ensure that the best product reaches the consumer.


The Pack Line Worker is responsible for arriving to work on the scheduled time ready to work. The Pack Line Worker helps to set up and break down each bottling, kegging, and canning run, load glass, prep labeler, build & stage packaging, and pack full cases. The Pack Line Worker also shrinkwraps finished products on pallets, moves them into the cooler or warehouse, and fills and cleans draft kegs. In other words, no job is too big or too small. If it needs to be done, the Pack Line Worker will find a way to ensure that the bottle, can and keg run needs are met.


The Pack Line Worker should expect to work 40 hours per week, up to 10 hours per day if necessary, depending on the production schedule. The Pack Line Worker is an hourly, at-will employee under the supervision of the Packline Supervisor.

Daily Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Packaging Line Setup

    • Come in prepared to work and understand the day's objective.

    • Prepare glass for filler run.

    • Recognize "low fills"  and other improperly filled or labeled bottles.

    • Run label web, replace date coder stamp, and ribbon on the labeler.

    • Assist in preparing the bottle filler for the run.

    • Case box and 6-pack preparation.

    • Prepare keg washing/filling area.

    • Communicate with the cellarmen to ensure the beer is at-temp and at the correct carbonation level for packaging.

    • Communicate with the Filler Operator regarding the status of the bottling run -  estimated start and finish times, temporary shutdowns, and batch changeovers.

  • Packaging Line Operation - Bottle Packaging:

    • Package at a Co2 level of 2.40 to 2.60 volumes.

    • Bottle interiors are rinsed completely with clean sanitized water prior to filling.

    • Bottle exteriors rinsed after fill.

    • Ensure labels are applied correctly.

    • Reload label web on the labeler.

    • Ensure boxes are loaded, taped, and palletized correctly.

    • Ensure pallets are marked with the batch number, date, and rotated accordingly.

    • Assist with filler crashes and breakdowns.

    • Ensure the product is at the correct fill height and is capped and labeled correctly. 

  • Packaging Line Operation- Can Packaging

    • Package at a CO2 level of 2.40 to 2.60 volumes.

    • Operation of can pallet depalletizer

    • Can Filler CIP before and after canning runs

    • Operation of can filler 

    • Can case packaging and palletizing

    • Operation of can date coder

    • Can inspection for quality parameters 

  • Draft  Packaging:

    • Clean exterior of kegs manually with a brush, water, detergent, and rinsing

    • Clean interior of kegs with a caustic cycle and rinsing.

    • Monitor valves and seals regularly - repair or replace if needed.

    • Pull spears quarterly to monitor stone build-up on spear and the inside of the keg.

    • Perform acid cycles quarterly to keep kegs free of stone and the stainless pacified.

    • Mark the kegs receiving quarterly acid wash and inspection with a correctly colored sticker.

    • Package at a Co2 level of 2.40 to 2.60 volumes.

    • Sanitize each keg valve exterior and coupler before filling.

    • Rinse kegs thoroughly after being filled, then cap.

    • Fit kegged beer with a keg ring denoting its style, batch number, volume, and package date.

    • Mark pallets with style, batch number, date, and rotate accordingly.

    • Store packaged beer in the warehouse and rotate accordingly.

Other Requirements:

  • Follow all SOPs and safety protocols.

  • Complete and pass a Forklift Operator Evaluation exam.

  • Operate a forklift and physically able to load and unload trucks 

  • Make observations of efficiencies and inefficiencies.

  • Make recommendations for equipment and processes with formal reports or an email.

  • Contribute to improvements and processes required to gain efficiency and quality assurance in the packaging department.

  • Contribute to packaging department evolution.

  • Participate in the cleaning of the packaging areas and the washing of equipment, floors, and tools, to comply with company and government sanitation standards.

  • Complete special projects assigned by supervisors or managers.

  • Remain calm, flexible, and able to work through setbacks and emergencies.

  • Coordinate a wide range of activities in a hectic and fast-paced work environment.

  • Work collaboratively with the Packaging Supervisor and Production Floor Manager to solve problems.

  • Work through challenges by setting a professional and upbeat example.

  • Consistently read and write orders, draft emails, and complete forms.

  • Communicate clearly with co-workers and managers, verbally and written.

  • Frequently solve problems.

Physical Requirements:

  • Consistently lift and carry 50 pounds and occasionally lift and carry 75 pounds to chest height.

  • Frequently bend, stoop, push, lift, kneel and reach.

  • Able to stand for the entire shift, up to ten hours.

  • Consistently able to use repetitive hand and wrist motions.

  • Work with hot, cold, and hazardous equipment and materials.

  • Able to work in hot, cold, and wet environments, and able to handle frequent changes in these environments.

  • Climb stairs several times a day.

  • Frequently wash of hands.

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