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Production Operator (New Health Care Company)


3M is seeking Full-Time Production Operator candidates to join our team in Columbia MO!

  • Shift Options: 2nd, 3rd or night rotating shift (see under “Your Skills & Expertise”)
  • Starting Pay: $20.04-$22.82/hour + Shift Differentials (varies by experience)


The person hired for the Full-Time Production Operator position will be responsible for producing products in the plant. They will operate and maintain machinery, ensure production standards are met, finalize products, and prepare products for shipping. 


Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative 3Mers.


3M is establishing two industry-leading companies, creating value through the spin-off of its Health Care business, while 3M will continue to be a global material science leader, focusing our innovation to win in favorable global megatrends and attractive end markets. This new Health Care Company will be a leading global diversified health technology company with:    

  • Proven category leadership
  • Exposure to attractive end-markets
  • Innovation mindset driving improved patient outcomes
  • Collaborative customer relationships
  • Deep global regulatory experience
  • Operational excellence and strong cash flow
  • Strong sales growth and profitability with significant recurring sales


We expect the creation of the two companies will be completed by the end of 2023. For now, we will continue to operate as one global company. This role is positioned to drive the success of the "New Health Care Company”.


This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military experience to a 3M career.


The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

As a Production Operator, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Observe all safety procedures while maintaining a clean and safe work area
  • Apply quality instructions & specifications
  • Monitor the production or packing operation to ensure quality objectives are met
  • Load/unload material into & from equipment
  • Work as a team member through sharing information, problem solving & assisting others


Your Skills and Expertise 

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Possess a High School Diploma / GED or higher (completed prior to start)
  • Ability to work one or more of the following shifts:
    • 2nd Shift (3:30pm – 11:30pm) OR
    • 3rd Shift (11:30pm – 7:30am) OR
    • 12-hour night rotating shift (7:30pm – 7:30am) with every other weekend off
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed


Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Post-high school education
  • Basic computer knowledge


Work location: Onsite - 5400 Paris Rd, Columbia, MO 65202

Travel: No Travel

Relocation Assistance: Not Authorized


For current employees, internal transfer restrictions may not apply. For more details, contact your local recruiter/HR team.


Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).


Supporting Your Well-being 

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 


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The starting rate of pay for this position is $20.04/hour, with the potential to reach $24.08/hour. This range represents a good faith estimate for this position. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may vary based on factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s relevant knowledge, training, skills, work location, and/or experience. In addition, this position may be eligible for a range of benefits (e.g., Medical, Dental & Vision, Health Savings Accounts, Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Disability Benefits, Life Insurance, Voluntary Benefits, Paid Absences and Retirement Benefits, etc.). Additional information is available at: