Tile Forming Generalist

Company Overview

Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics Website
Heath Ceramics is a more than 60-year-old California company that makes dinnerware and architectural tile of good and enduring design. We believe in the benefits of local manufacturing and, with more than 200 employees and growing, we support a growing community of people committed to and inspired by the process of designing, making and sharing.

Our love of beautiful materials finds its purest expression in Heath tile. Our iconic, mid-century aesthetic extends into intimate home environments and large-scale public installations. Heath’s traditional hand-glazing techniques produce a ceramic tile with which endless creative possibilities can be explored. For more information, visit www.heathceramics.com.

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  • Hours: Full-time
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  • Position is Entry-level
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Job Duties

Position Summary

The Tile Generalist will work under the direction of the Tile Kiln Lead and Tile Production Manager. This position has a eight-month training period. Monday - Friday and overtime may be required.


After training, this position is responsible for the following primary duties:

_ Unloading, cleaning and loading the Tile kilns

_ Operating kiln doors and rotating kiln cars in the morning for each new firing

_ Changing and starting computerized firing programs

_ Organize fired tile on carts for the QC team to process

_ Learning all glazes and bodies

_ Learning the types of firings and temperature zones in the kilns and how this relates to where different glazes need to be loaded

_ Accurately identifying and labeling certain glaze colors to be consolidated and staged for QC

_ Communicating with kiln loading crew and potentially glaze teammates on material needs for filling kiln loads

_ Maintaining the floor around the kilns to be dust free and kiln car runners clear of debris

Secondary Responsibilities

_ Helping in other departments. Helping in other departments depends on the need and the number of kilns scheduled per day

_ All duties required by a Tile Glazer

_ All duties required by Tile Forming

Job Requirements

_ Desire to work in a plant environment and to be “hands on”

_ Excellent people skills: must be patient, flexible, and calm

_ Excellent communication skills both written and oral

_ Ability to enhance a team

_ Proficiency with basic Mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Physical Requirements (Medium to Heavy)

_ The ability to transport clay, finished goods, and other production materials (up to 35 lbs. at a time). Total weight lifted per day can be 3500 to 5000 lbs.

_ Other activities, including climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, repetitive motion, grasping, and feeling.

Visual Acuity Requirements (including color, depth perception, and field vision)

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and inspecting materials; visual inspection involving small defects, small objects, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and visual checks of materials and machinery. The worker will also need visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned. QC and Mounting may require a colorblindness test before start of the position.


Minimum of six months experience in tile production or equivalent education/experience.


An ideal candidate has very good attention to detail, works rapidly and is always mindful of quality. MUST follow safety procedures. Must have a positive attitude and foster a team environment. MUST be willing to learn from experienced personnel during a thorough training period. Good communication skills are required.

The ideal candidate will have…

_ Ability to be a self-starter

_ Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and written instructions in English consistently and accurately

_ Demonstrated ability to be reliable and punctual

_ Demonstrated ability to enhance a team

_ No disciplinary letter in personal file for the last 6 months

_ Proven safety record and respect for safety rules

_ Demonstrated pursuit of quality, improvement and pride in craftsmanship

_ Demonstrated work ethic and respect for the job

_ Willingness to be flexible and accept instruction from team members

Skills/Experience Preferred


Hourly based on Union Wage Scale


benefit package that includes a choice of medical plan, dental, vision and life and works very hard to keep employee costs low for excellent coverage. We do not require an employee contribution for individual premiums, and we pick up a large portion of the costs for dependent coverage. A generous 401k match starts immediately. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company. We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and of course a healthy discount on all Heath products.


5:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, or at a time agreed upon by the Tile Production Manager Overtime may be required.

Resume Required


Cover letter Required


Other Application Requirements