Sharpener – Des Plaines, IL

Job Category: Operator
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Des Plaines IL

Starting pay $14.00 – $15.00/hour

Local company in Des Plaines is looking to hire motivated people with barriers to employment. We have many great opportunities including: Sharpener, Prep Operator, and Pack Out, and are seeking qualified job seekers in the Des Plaines, IL area. Apply now!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Set up and operate a variety of machinery to produce sharpened cutlery parts and instruments. Sharpening may include hollow grinding, edging, honing, buffing, sanitizing and/or drying various sizes of cutlery product. Cleaning and calibrating sharpening machines, is required. Scan and sort incoming inventory.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a Line Team, having responsibility maintaining line throughput and quality during the sharpening process.
  • Can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the sharpening process, including, but not limited to: Hollow Grinding, Edging, Honing, Buffing, Sanitizing, Drying, Put-Away processes.
  • Rotate through all job tasks rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis.
  • Maintain equipment and materials in a neat, clean and orderly fashion. On a daily basis, inspect and perform minor maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Efficiently move dull product from carts in staging and/or storage areas into production area
  • Efficiently move sharp product from production area onto carts to staging and/or storage areas.
  • Report issues with cutlery and/or knife box quality/quantity variances to management.
  • Maintain a clean, neat and orderly work area.
  • Report issues and problems to Management.
  • Will support and abide by the company’s safety program and all safety initiatives, policies and procedures.
  • Operate equipment safely and efficiently. Comply with OSHA and company standards
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Prior experience preferred.

Physical and Visual Activities:

  • On a daily basis, must be able to remain standing on both feet for a minimum of 3 hours at a time.
  • Be able to frequently communicate and constantly have visual acuity
  • Must be able to constantly operate machinery safely
  • Must be able to stand and move about the building and/or reach, bend or twist
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs.

About James Emmett and Company (JEC)

At JEC, we are a national team of Disability Inclusion Experts with years of experience in sourcing people with disabilities and barriers to employment. We take the time to get to know each job seeker we work with to understand your skills and experience. Our Experts are with you every step of the way, giving support as needed. To learn more, go to

James Emmett and Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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