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Winery Operator Apprenticeship

Location: Modesto, CA, US

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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The Manufacturing Technician Apprentice-Level 1 is an entry level, union/hourly winery operator position within the Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program (MT Program). The MT Program prepares the apprentice to advance to a journey level Manufacturing Technician in 3 years and involves fundamental learning and skills development by various mediums, including classroom, lab and on-the-job-training. The Apprentice performs machine operations, changeover and minor maintenance techniques, further developing the apprentice's knowledge, problem-solving, and technical abilities as they progress through the MT Program. It is fully expected that at the conclusion of the MT Program, the apprentice with minimal supervision, will be performing journey level machine center operations, changeover, total production maintenance (TPM) and all required ancillary tasks associated with the packaging machine(s) and their production line(s) to which an apprentice is assigned. The apprentice is subject to all provisions of the Manufacturing Technician Apprentice Program.   


  • $21.43
  • Comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, Vision & 401K
  • For more information on Apprentice Program, click here

Essential Functions

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

  • Performs baseline skills, required to operate a minimum of three major equipment centers, including a rinser.
  • A progressing Manufacturing Technician apprentice will cross train on a multitude of equipment centers within a Department, to include different lines and product packaging, e.g. glass, polyethylene terephthalate, cans, bag ‘n the box.
  • A progressing Manufacturing Technician apprentice will be required to complete a series of educational courses in addition to on-the-job-training throughout the 3-year duration of the program. (Satisfactory progression in the apprenticeship program requires the successful completion of these courses).
  • Participates in line changes as required.
  • Rotates between equipment centers as required.
  • Performs job duties of a General Winery Worker or General Labor Worker as needed.
  • Uses hand tools designated for operators.
  • Learns, retains and performs new skills and processes as introduced to equipment center operations.
  • Follows company safety procedures, quality and GMP standards.
  • Operates production equipment as required.
  • Participates in the setup and re-supply of several different production lines.
  • Inspects and performs capacity checks on all packages on all lines.
  • Performs fill point changes on all packages on all production fillers.
  • Operates the case former.
  • Participates in miscellaneous material handling duties with the use of a clamp or lift truck.
  • Performs rework of all packages.
  • Performs complete GMP line cleanup after a production run on all lines.
  • Performs hazardous material labeling.
  • Responsible for minor servicing and repair on certain production equipment.
  • Performs operator safety training.
  • Participates in special projects or assignments as required.
  • Responsible for dumping glass on applicable production lines and packages.
  • Responsible for following reclaim procedures.
  • Responsible for understanding and executing instructions on ADP work orders.
  • Provides support for Company goals in cost reduction and customer service.
  • Performs all essential functions at an acceptable level
  • Maintains satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness.
  • Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations.

Supervisory Responsibilities



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate.
  • 18 years of age or older
  •  Required to pass WorkKeys Assessments with a minimum score: 

                                Applied Math – 4

                                Graphic Literacy – 4

                                Workplace Documents– 4

  • Required to work any shift or any day of the week as needed.
  • Required to comply with company GMP policies.
  • Mechanical aptitude and dexterity required.
  • Skilled in written and oral communication.
  • Skilled in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Attention to detail and works with a sense of urgency.
  • Must be able to accept constructive feedback and adjust behavior accordingly.
  • Committed to continuous improvement, and accountability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Consumer Beverage manufacturing work experience preferred.
  • Prior packaging machinery operations experience.
  • Completion of career technical education (CTE) training.
  • Experience with human machine interface (HMI).
  • Basic computer aptitude.
  • Bottling operational knowledge.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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, these physical demands will be required:

  • Standing and walking up to 90 percent of the workday.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, handling and grasping, twisting/turning.
  • Lifting and carrying up to 10 pounds with torso rotation and neck movement occurs on an occasional basis.
  • Lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds occasionally.
  • Lifting maximum of 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform job duties at elevated heights.

Work Environment

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 is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise level is loud and may require hearing protection at times.
  • Exposure to wet, slippery or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Exposure to dust, fumes.
  • The primary working surface is concrete.
  • Work activities are performed while indoors.
  • Indoor temperatures fluctuate from winter to summer.

Requisition ID: 99425   






Gallo is an Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics in California), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. 


We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process.
If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.

Nearest Major Market: Modesto

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