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Danaher Corporation Operator III in Ames, Iowa


Responsible for manufacturing quality product according to the work order or other build signal while adhering to defined work instructions. General duties may include picking, assembling, and packaging. Machine set-up and equipment operation required, along with trouble-shooting, small repairs, and some maintenance of complex and/or high-speed equipment.


  • Responsible for producing quality products per the build signal

  • Gather materials and set-up straightforward equipment.

  • Maintain quality of products produced according to department standards and visual or dimensional specifications.

  • Meet productivity standards.

  • Record and maintain quality or traceability information, including final product quality control.

  • Record and maintain Cell Boards and other visual management tools

  • Comply with company safety policies including safe operation of equipment, PPE usage, hand tool safety, lock-out-tag-out, and proper storage of tools, etc. Comply with good housekeeping policies.

  • Maintain equipment according to work instructions or preventive maintenance tasks; some trouble-shooting and minor repair of equipment.

  • Suggest improvements and support kaizen and DBS activities.

  • Accurately perform required computer data entry and work order transactions (LOTS, scrap, Oracle, ARIBA, kanban, DRP, etc.).

  • May operate several production machines or operations simultaneously

  • Report complicated equipment malfunctions to mechanics.

  • May be responsible for handling of and accurate disposal of chemical and non-chemical waste, some of which is hazardous and regulated.

  • Participate in team meetings, which include planning daily work and resource utilization, problem solving, project work, etc.

  • Work with team members to review load and capacity information to make recommendations to ensure optimum utilization of personnel and/or resources.

  • Maintain visual management of part and raw material storage; clean and organized work area.

  • Assist in design, implementation and problem solving of new equipment and products.

  • Work with manager to suggest and initiate changes to process, machines, or procedures that improve safety, quality, delivery, or productivity.


  • HS diploma/GED or equivalent required

  • Minimum 2 year experience in a production environment

  • Minimum of 1 year operating complex or high-speed machinery or 2-3 years of prior mechanical experience


  • Possess manual dexterity and good coordination

  • Possess basic reading, writing, and math skills (including adding, subtracting, calculating percentages, converting minutes to hours, and performing basic Algebra)

  • Possess ability to resolve minor problems, recognize normal and unusual situations

  • Ability to learn machine operations (including set up and changeover), and/or kitting.

  • Some areas will require the ability to work with manual and/or power equipment.

  • Possess proven mechanical ability or aptitude

  • Must be quality conscious: Accuracy and attention to detail required

  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge:

  • Possess working knowledge of mechanic systems and troubleshooting mechanical problems


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit, (select locations, see below),squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is frequently required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here.