3-Knife Operator – 3rd Shift (multiple openings)

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Sheridan MI has operated in Chelsea, Michigan, for more than 70 years of service to the book publishing industry. Our customers depend on us to convert their ideas into one of the most important inventions man ever made, a book of printed words.


  • Read and understand work order verifying correct bind type, bulk, trim size, margins and run lengths.
  • Learn to interpret the information on the work order and its contents.
  • Follow daily running order provided by Scheduling Team.
  • Communicate with Supervisor and Scheduling Team as needed.
  • Set up machine and perform quality cutting that meets expectations.
  • Maintain high throughput by performing quick and efficient make-readies and job changeovers.
  • Inspect for quality defects ensuring quality standards are achieved.
  • Maintain accurate data collections.
  • Understand substrates, bulk, sig size, trim size, and specified margins.
  • Oversee all segments of 3-Knife operation.
  • Provide training to Bindery Assistants in machine operation and safety; ensure Bindery Assistants performs duties as necessary.
  • Be sure all waste is disposed of properly.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, general cleaning and upkeep of machine and auxiliary equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and perform minor repairs to machine and auxiliary equipment.
  • Assist maintenance personnel with machine repair.
  • Exercise initiative, ask questions and look for ways of improving productivity.
  • Keep area safe and clean.
  • Adequately communicate with oncoming shift
  • Perform end of shift duties leaving area ready for oncoming shift.
  • Assist training new operators and employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school Diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and /or training; or equivalent combination of education or experience.
  • One year of previous manufacturing or related experience.
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as work orders, workplace, and safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Basic math skills, add subtract, and ability to use a measuring device.
  • Basic problem-solving skills.


  • Ability to work with the following software packages or programs:
    • Effective email and electronic communication skills are required
    • Ability to work with PrintStream & Flex


  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. frequently, 20lbs constantly
  • Constantly be able to work in the work activities
    • Moving to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another,
    • Communicating with others to exchange information,
    • Operating machine and/or power tools
    • Work in noisy environments
  • Occasionally be able to do the listed activities
    • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like
    • Moving self in different position to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight spaces
    • Remain in stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods
    • Adjusting or moving objects up to 50 lbs. in all directions
    • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
    • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned
    • Work in high temperatures, small and/or enclosed spaces


  • Overtime pays time and a half after 40 hours per week
  •  3rd shift pays an extra 8% on hours worked

What's in it for YOU?

  • On-the-job training programs through Sheridan Academy.
  • Career advancement with an employer who supports your development.
  • Tuition reimbursement for approved coursework.
  • A best-workplace culture that fosters life-long friendships and encourages fun.
  • A successful and growing industry-leading company.
  • An employee referral program that pays you money.
  • Paid time off & holidays.
  • Competitive compensation.
  • Medical (PPO and HSA Plans), Dental, Vision.
  • Teladoc – convenient no- or low-cost medical services.
  • Confidential and free EAP program for wellness and mental health.
  • Company-paid basic life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance.
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match.
  • A safe, values-based company that acts with integrity and respect for all.

CJK Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation to apply for employment, please contact the location HR Manager at 734-475-9145 option 3 or careers.sbi@sheridan.com.