RAM Press Operator

The Company 
Founded in 2013 from an organic design collaboration, today Felt+Fat is known for experimentation and innovation in ceramic tableware and home accessories. Our team is dedicated to excellence in domestic manufacturing and building a space that encourages empathy, learning, experimentation and growth – giving staff the opportunity to lead their own projects and take pride in the work they do.

The Felt+Fat studio was born and continues today in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Like many ‘rust belt’ communities, this poverty stricken area was once a dense manufacturing center with a thriving middle class. As we move into the next chapter of our story, we are excited to build a world class ceramic factory that helps to change the narrative of our home while providing opportunity, joy and beauty to our neighborhood.

Press Operator

The Press Operator is an essential piece to our manufacturing process. They are responsible for mixing clay to the desired hardness, then pressing to form various shapes based on the die installed on a 30 or 60 ton hydraulic RAM Press. The Press Operator will need to have a sense of urgency while working within a team setting and independently to reach daily press goals. They must have strong verbal communication skills to work within their team and cross departmental to ensure quality products are produced, as pressing is one of the first steps in our ceramic forming process.  Candidates will need to be mechanically minded in order to maintain all press department equipment and perform any repairs as needed. They must also process the ability to problem solve. The press operating position is entry level but has the opportunity to advance into the leadership position. 

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Correct operation of the Pug Mill
  • Knowledge and ability to program the 30 & 60 ton RAM presses
  • Ability to problem solve and make adjustments as needed when operating machinery
  • Maintain and perform repairs as needed on all press operating equipment including but not limited to the 30lb & 60lb and pug mill.
  • Logging all work in physical logs daily and digital logs on a weekly basis
  • Track die logs for installing and uninstalling dies on each press
  • Ensure all pressed carts are labeled
  • Ability to change all dies on the 30 & 60 ton RAM presses within an hour or less while following all safety procedures
  • Ability to meet press output goals on a consistent basis
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs and maneuver up to 2,000lb pallets off trucks to production space with the use of a pallet jack.
  • Must follow all safety requirements of machinery and production space

Applicant requirements:

  • Managerial/leadership experience preferred but not required
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively problem solve
  • Experience working within manufacturing and with RAM presses preferred not required
  • Mechanically minded
  • Ability to stand for up to 8 hrs and lift 50lbs
  • Ability to take direction

Pay based on experience: $15-18/hr starting
Health & Dental Insurance
401k (coming in 2024)

To apply please send resume and cover letter to brittany@feltandfat.com


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