Machine Operator

Full-time / Part-time:  FT - Employee
Exempt / Non-Exempt:  Hourly

Smithfield, NC, US, 27577

Shift:  Home Shift 2
Requisition ID:  5688
Division:  Flanders

AAF International offers the most comprehensive clean air solutions available across the globe. Selling under the American Air Filter® and the AAF International® brand names, AAF International has been an industry pioneer since 1921 and has since grown to operations in over 22 countries with over 3000 employees. Our products are the industry benchmarks for quality and performance, and delivers clean air solutions in residential, commercial and industrial air pollution control, gas containment removal, power generation, and other stringent clean room environments.

We are a member of the Daikin Group, the world's largest air conditioning and clean air solutions provider with over $15 Billion in sales and 56,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1924, Daikin has grown into a diversified industrial manufacturing company offering solutions in clean, air, air conditioning, refrigeration, chemicals, oil hydraulics, defense systems and electronics. AAF and Daikin are powered by our investment in people, products, and our processes.

Our culture of continuous improvement, safety, and world class operations is powered by our people centered management philosophy. This philosophy is built around mutual selection: that while AAF seeks top talent people to join and deliver on our team, we also want each team member to receive job satisfaction, growth & development, and continued happiness in being a long term member of the AAF family. This is fueled by our belief in treating our people, our supply partners, our customers and our environment with the trust and respect we each require, and our passion to give back to our community for our success.

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AAF International is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.


To pleat laminated media in automated equipment for the production lines.



  • Reads schedule to determine the size of laminated media to use.
  • Inspects automated equipment for laminated media for quality.
  • Loads media onto automated machine.
  • Sets up automated pleat machine to number of pleats are needed for the size filter being run.
  • As media gets pleated and comes through the machine, cut pleated media to proper size determined by marker.
  • Inspect pleated media for any defects and discard if unacceptable and does not meet specifications.
  • Pleated media is then transferred to the assembly line.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.



  • High School Diploma or Equivalent preferred.
  • Prior work experience in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Must be able to learn how to operate the automated pleater machine.
  • Must have ability to recognize if laminated media quality does not meet specifications.
  • Must have measurement skills to 1/16”.
  • Ability to read and understand instructions and daily production schedules.
  • Must have basic math skills.
  • Must be able to solve practical problems and understand written or verbal instructions.



  • Call maintenance when service on automated machine is required.
  • Reject media if it does not meet criteria.



  • May be required to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand at work station for extended periods of time.
  • Required to walk continuously during shift.
  • Position requires close vision, ability to adjust focus, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Must be able to sit, stand bend, stoop, and lift to perform job functions.
  • Must be able to constantly reach with both hands and arms.
  • Must be able to move from side to side, reach, pull, push or twist to perform job functions.
  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment with exposure to noise, fumes and dust particles
  • Must be able to work in both hot and cold atmosphere depending on weather conditions.
  • Must adhere to all company safety policies.
  • Safety glasses are required at all times to protect against dust and particles.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, uniform servicemember status, age, disability or any other legally recognized protected personal characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Raleigh