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Entry Level Operator

International Paper | Valliant, OK, United States

Posted Date 1/16/2023

Company Overview:

The International Paper Valliant Mill family is looking for hard-working, motivated, enthusiastic people to join our team. International Paper is a Fortune 500 company and global leader in the paper and packaging industry. International Paper is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology.

We are committed to attracting, training, promoting, and supporting our employees throughout their careers. We offer benefits such as competitive wages with the potential to increase quickly; paid vacation and holidays; 401(k) savings; medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; life insurance; access to discounts with our corporate partners; and much more!


Valliant is a 5,000+ ton per day containerboard mill with 3 paper machines, 3 continuous digesters, 2 secondary fiber plants and a utilities/chemical recovery complex. It currently operates with 350+ mill employees and 150+ contract maintenance employees in a results oriented environment.

An Entry Level Operator in the Extra Utility Pool can expect to work in any area of the Valliant Mill. Entry Level Operators may be assigned to work in the Chipyard, OCC (Recycle Plant), Shipping, Paper Machine, Power House, Pulp Mill, or Storeroom area. The day-to-day tasks an Entry Level Operator may be assigned range from mobile equipment and heavy machinery operation to clean-up and general housekeeping duties.

Entry Level Operator candidates must be adaptable to a constantly changing work environment. Candidates must be aggressive learners and be able to follow detailed written and verbal procedures for Safety, Quality, and Production purposes. Candidates must have an excellent work record that demonstrates high standards in job performance and attendance. And above all, candidates must be dedicated to working safely each and every day.

Day-to-day tasks include industrial equipment operation, remote control crane operation, and operating various other types of production equipment such as control panels or computer screen monitoring/controls systems. Additional tasks include housekeeping, on-the-job training, safety related assignments, and more.

The Valliant Mill operates 24/7/365 and candidates must be willing to work a 12 hour rotating shift schedule (6 o’clock to 6 o’clock), holidays, nights, weekends, and overtime.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED
  • Eligible for employment in the U.S.

Must be willing to meet the following requirements:

  • Undergo a drug screen for illicit use of drugs as a condition of employment
  • Submit to periodic drug screens as a condition of employment
  • Work any shift and/or a rotating shift schedule
  • Work overtime on a regular basis and with last minute notification
  • Work holidays and/or weekends on a regular basis
  • Wear required safety equipment
  • Operate or work in industrial conditions (may be warm/hot, dusty/dirty, around hazardous chemicals, noise, heavy machinery or elevated working surfaces (with proper safety training and safety protection)

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.

Hiring & On-Boarding Process

  1. Candidates’ applications will be reviewed by the HR department to ensure that all requirements and necessary work experience are met. Please provide as much detail as possible in your application. Blank applications or applications that do not provide adequate detail may not be considered.
  1. Candidates who meet all requirements will be invited to take a performance based aptitude test. Testing invitations will be emailed out roughly 2 weeks after the job posting has closed. Please be sure your email address is correct on your application as all communication will be sent via email.
  1. Candidates who pass the test will be invited to attend an on-site panel interview featuring experienced IP employees, including HR, Supervisors, and Local Union Leadership team members. Candidates will be evaluated on their responses to questions in the areas of Safety, Adaptability, Team Work, Decision Making Ability, and more. Strong answers will detail specific situations/tasks that the candidate worked on, what actions the candidate undertook to address the situation/task, and what the overall result of the situation/task was.
  1. The strongest candidates will be selected to join the Valliant Mill family. Once selected, candidates will be required to undergo a background check, drug screen, and physical. Candidates must pass all portions of the pre-employment process in order to be fully hired.
  1. After the new employee is hired, they will participate in our 3-4-week New Hire Integration training program before they are released to work on the mill floor. The New Hire Integration training program includes rigorous classroom training in the areas of Safety, Mobile Equipment Training, Business Skills Training, the “International Paper Way Forward”, and more!

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