Finishing Technician

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  • Post Date: July 6, 2017
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Finishing Technician

Reference Number: PMDF-17026
Pembroke MDF
Location: Pembroke, Ontario
Posted: July 5th 2017
Pembroke MDF Inc. is a privately owned company, located just outside Pembroke, Ontario. Our facility utilizes high quality wood fiber supplied by local sawmills to manufacture high quality fibreboard and painted base board mouldings. Unlike other types of wood panels, the homogenous and uniform structure of fibreboard results in a product that is easily routed, milled and finished.

We currently have one full-time opportunity for the right individual to join our dynamic and talented team of employees as a Finishing Technician.

This position is responsible for performing in all areas of finishing including Grading, Strapping and Forklift.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Line set-up from second pass saws to reject bin. Make sure saw support tables are in place and pinch wheels are in proper position for thickness running
  • Know all grading specs and be able to identify all downgrade material
  • Set up in a quick and timely manner
  • Understand function of sensors on line
  • Record downgrade and batch information correctly. If information isn’t available ask sander operator to estimate information for DQR
  • Effective clear communication between packager and sander
  • Bring quality concerns to Team Leader and Quality Process Leader’s attention
  • Take lead in Quality
  • Clean off sensors at beginning of shift and throughout shift as needed
  • Measure panels at beginning of each batch and report discrepancies to sander operator (Tolerance of +/- 1/32″)
  • Perform visual inspection of grade line at least once per shift (oil leaks, end squares)
  • Rotate with other team members when moulding is being run
  • Assist in troubleshooting the line during downtime
  • Assist with belt changes
  • Manage edge printer and consumables
  • If questioning board quality, call Sander first then Process Leader and/or Team Leader
  • If downgrading for more than 30 panels, collect a sample and have it labeled and set aside, then call sander, Quality Process Leader and Team Leader
  • Position yourself so you can view the entire panel for edge fissures, un-sanded edge, no trim
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work area
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Confirm with sander operator what tags need to be made, (double check each batch in Finishing schedule)
  • Look up in ERP system where the same product is stored in the warehouse. Inform the fork lift operator so he/she can keep all of the same product together in the warehouse
  • Ensure product conforms to specs, proper product codes, Thickness, # of boards, Quality, no damage
  • Ensure quality Strapper checks are complete and entered as per procedure
  • Ensure all supplies are filled i.e.: dunnage, edge protectors, strap, cardboard
  • Look ahead to set up for next batch and be prepared for next batch
  • Check the first three lifts of every batch for conformance and then as instructed in the Mic Frequency for chart finishing
  • Check length, width, thickness, squareness, and for chatter
  • Check each lift for visual defects, piece count and that edge print is correct
  • Communicate with forklift operator any changes in product
  • Look for special information for orders, piece count, product code, bottom boards
  • Check batch and ensure that the tally sheet is correct. Confirm with sander operator
  • Clean Strapper head every 6 hours and record
  • Help the forklift operator to make up jags from the end of runs
  • Label board for jag rack, length, width, thickness, and grade
  • Ensure non-conforming material is tagged and recorded properly, on hold material matches grader and sander tally sheets
  • Rotate with other team members when moulding is being run
  • Assist in troubleshooting the line during downtime
  • Assist with belt changes
  • Complete shift reports and tally sheets accurately
  • Communicate with shipping on a regular basis to optimize warehouse space
  • Complete necessary Inventory Loss Forms
  • If questioning board quality, call Sander, QPL and the Team Leader
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work area
  • Perform all other duties as assigned or requested

Forklift Operation:

  • Ensure line continues to flow, reject is strapped, dunnage rack is full, edge protectors loaded, lifts off bunks, cardboard available
  • Circle check done on forklift every shift
  • Ensure warehouse locations are accurate and organized
  • Ensure lifts have proper dunnage, tagged properly, edge protectors in place, proper paint strip when needed, cardboard on
  • Strap reject and store in appropriate place
  • Organize jags, have jags prepared before the end of batch to save time
  • Move “On Hold” material into warehouse
  • Feed board breaker
  • Complete warehouse moves sheets and jag sheets accurately
  • Rotate with other team members when moulding is being run
  • Communicate warehouse locations with packager and double check tally sheets
  • Assist in troubleshooting the line during downtime
  • Assist with belt changes when needed
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work area


  • Maintains respectful communication with co-workers and supervisory staff
  • Familiar with the company’s policies/processes and understands the impact of this position on the competitiveness and performance of the company
  • Complies with and follows health and safety policies and programs
  • Perform all other duties as assigned or requested
  • Proof of high school diploma, GED or equivalent and/or acceptable work experience
  • Experience in operating different automated machines and equipment (i.e. saws, automated paint equipment, strapping and wrapping equipment)
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Forklift experience is an asset
  • Good computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed
  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative with high ethical standards
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced production environment
  • Exceptional service orientation
Additional Information
Employment is conditional upon successfully completion of Pembroke MDF’s pre-employment checks which may include criminal record check, education verification, reference checks and drug and alcohol testing.

To apply for this position, please forward a copy of your cover letter and resume via email quoting the position title and file number.

Pembroke MDF Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruiting and selection process, we will work with you to meet your needs.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Contact Information
Human Resources
Pembroke MDF
777 Fibreboard Drive,
Pembroke, Ontario
K8A 6W4


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