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Production Technician- Nordbord MN

Posted: 07/20/2020

Norbord Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels and the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). Norbord also manufactures particleboard, medium density fiberboard and related value-added products. Norbord has assets of approximately US$1.9 billion and employs approximately 2,700 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Norbord is a publicly traded on the TSE and NYSE under the symbol “OSB”.  

Production Technician roles are required to operate or assist with machinery to produce oriented strand board (OSB) using materials, methods, processes, and procedures as adopted by management for the safety and productivity of the plant and all employees and contractors.  While most production employees have a certain location and certain daily job duties assigned, it is critical to the team process that all employees understand that they are required to work in any capacity to support their team.   

Duties and Responsibilities 

Production Technicians are responsible for the daily operation of manufacturing equipment that produces oriented strand board (OSB) and are responsible for safe operation, producing quality OSB, achieving production targets, and maintaining all equipment at a very high standard.   To that end, these responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Operate manufacturing equipment that produces oriented strand board (OSB) 

  • Operate forklifts and other mobile equipment to manage product flow

  • Perform regular preventive maintenance and clean-up on equipment

  • Work safely and effectively in a team environment

  • Problem solve and troubleshoot equipment and issues on a regular basis

  • Involvement in ongoing process improvement in the work area

  • Complete shift paperwork and recordkeeping

  • Attend team meetings and regular training sessions

  • Comply with all Company safety standards and protocols

  • Other duties as assigned

Roles and Levels

The title of Production Technician universally encompasses all the roles involved in the actual production or processing of OSB.  Assignment to a specific portion of the production process is normal, to allow for employees to grow through our “Pay for Skills” program (demonstrated skills result in increased responsibility and pay). 

Normal daily operations areas:

  • Woodyard
  • Heat Energy

  • Forming/Blending

  • Press

  • Finishing


Minimum qualifications required to successfully perform these roles are necessary for someone to be considered for the position.   A reasonable accommodation may be allowed for some aspects of the role as determined by Human Resources.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Eligible to legally work in the United States
  • High School diploma or equivalent education

  • Willing and able to work a 12-hour rotating schedule which will include nights, weekends and holidays

  • Ability to work as part of a team and deliver value to the team

  • Willingness and ability to cross-train to learn new jobs and skills

  • Consistent, predictable attendance

  • Must be able to pass a post offer drug screen and criminal background check

Specialized knowledge or skills needed for promotion into certain roles:

  • Ability to maintain all equipment in assigned area
  • Ability to enhance or improve processes and procedures

  • Ability to wear a respirator in specific assigned areas

Working conditions

All roles require a person to work in working conditions such as heat, cold, snow, rain, ice, frost, humidity, severe storms and so forth.  Special working conditions include regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, working as a team regardless of challenge, and so forth.  Exposure to noise, dirt, grease, water and sawdust is common.  

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