Cutter Operator up to $25/hr & $1000 signing bonus

Build your Career with an Industry Leader

Fort Dearborn Company is a leader in printed labels for the consumer products industry. Join Fort Dearborn and you will have the opportunity to become part of an organization that is committed to excellence and industry leadership for almost 100 years. 

The Cutter Operator is to perform a variety of duties to set up and operate cutting machines in order to cut product to proper length and width.  The position may be involved in a variety of areas within the cutting department; Commercial Cutting, Die Cutting, Primary Cutting.


  • We are looking for skilled Auto Cutter and Auto Trim Operators for various shifts. Days 6am - 6pm and nights, 6pm-6am. These are 12 hour shifts; 3 days on and 4 days off with rotating Sundays.
  • Signing bonus of $1,000! See program for details.  
  • Payrate begins at $25 p/hr plus Shift Differentials of 5-8%
  • Plus $1+ Premium for Auto Cutter Operators
  • Review job tickets and rule-up to determine customer specifications. Operate computer to check and select program from index or to add/modify program as required.  Contact quality assurance to obtain approval to run job.
  • Set scale to weigh product in proper amounts. Jog product as required to insure proper line up.    Check for all errors in printing such as color, dog-ears, register and scum.  Set cutter side guides.  Load product into cutter and cut.  Check cutting operation and make adjustments as required to maintain specifications.  Check with Folder Operators and Overwrap Operators as necessary to insure cutting meets folding and wrapping requirements.
  • Check knife performance during operations to assure clean cuts. Change knife blades when necessary using a variety of hand tools and knife changing facility.
  • Operate hand or pallet truck to move finished product to staging area and/or to bring in empty skids, pallets, box, and carton supplies from storage areas.
  • Complete load tags, tally sheets and final job tickets. Complete daily production sheets and record each job run, job number, customer name and any specifics pertaining to the job.
  • Train new Cutter Operators and helpers as necessary in jogging and cutting operations.
  • Maintain area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Fort Dearborn has been around for almost 100 years, and we pride ourselves on our high level of excellence. Every team member of Fort Dearborn is expected to treat all associates respectfully and professionally.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); plus 1 to 2 years of experience on a variety of cutting operations.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other considerations:

  • Fort Dearborn offers a competitive wage and generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance and 401(k).

Fort Dearborn welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Fort Dearborn Company is an equal opportunity employer.


Full time
Niles, IL 60714, US
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