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Day in the life of a Production Supervisor Intern

Day in the life of a Production Supervisor Intern


To get a sense of what a typical day is like for a Production Supervisor Intern, take a look at a day in the life of Nic, who worked at the Willmar Avenue Plant in Willmar, Minnesota. This is an entry from his eleventh week at Jennie-O Turkey Store.


7:30 a.m.

I come into work, put on my frock, and get my PPE for the day.  I go downstairs and wash my hands to enter the plant and punch in for the day.  I walk around and see if there is any help needed and check on the bird count for the day.


7:50 a.m.

I log onto my computer and check my emails for the day.  Then I start labeling bags for production of our gizzards and fries so our line is ready to run and workers can start bagging immediately.


8:30 a.m.

I go out on the floor to make sure our shift starts on time and everyone is on the same page and ready to take over their spot on the line.  I talk with the leads if they have any questions and find out how many people we are using for overtime help.


9:15 a.m.

I walk around the line and list everyone who is working on the line and what position they are working.  I put down everyone’s name and list the people who are from night shift and who is on vacation or has called in sick.


10:00 a.m.

I do the production report from the day before.  I write down the reasons for our lost time and the amount of people that worked on the shift. When I’m done with the report I go upstairs and send the report via email to people throughout the company. 


10:30 a.m.

I drum punched the drums to help out and washed white barrels and loaded them with ice. I also put bags of gizzards into the tank and put ice on top of the gizzards.


11:00 a.m.

Our first round ends and I go around and spray the line down and clean before our next round begins at 11:30. I make sure everyone is on the line ready to go when the birds come through the window at 11:30.


12:05 p.m.

Went and met Dwight (Production Manager) for a meeting to discuss my knowledge of what I have learned so far into the internship. 


1:00 p.m.

Went to break for first 30-minute break of the day.


2:00 p.m.

I sprayed the line for the second round of the day and at 2:30 made sure everyone was back from break and on the line for the final round of the day.


3:00 p.m.

I started putting more labels on bags for the production of our gizzards and fries and went around and put ice onto our salvage tanks.


3:35 p.m.

I did some cropping and emptied out the TOC tank into the bird unloader and unloaded them into the chiller.


4:10 p.m.

Started to fill out the lot changes sheets to be sent out at the end of the day to corporate and started putting together my email to be sent out with lot changes report. 


4:43 p.m.

Finished my paperwork for the day and calculated our BPM for the day and divided up our delays to certain areas.  I take one last walk around the evisceration area to make sure jobs are being done and then proceed to punch out for the day.