Location: Royalton, Vermont
The Process Engineer is responsible for the implementation of fully qualified and documented production processes (process binders). This includes transitioning new tooling programs, performing new mold/process improvement trials, troubleshooting production issues and auditing production setups for adherence to the documented process. The Process Engineer also serves as mentor/trainer of Silicones employees and is expected to drive consistency across all shifts (mold PM, process changes, etc.). The Process Engineer also oversees the actions necessary to achieve our annual QMC goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensures required process development information accompanies new tooling
- Interprets processes received and makes necessary conversions for production equipment to be used
- Performs SIM validations on molds
- Sets molds to be tested
- Records and maintains mold and process setup sheets (completes Process Binder)
- Improves and documents processes on existing molds, using established systematic techniques
- Assists in trouble shooting production processes
- Oversees training of process technicians and mold setup personnel
- Conducts cycle improvement
- Monitors production cycle times for cycle creep
- Identifies key process parameters for process monitoring and control
- Establishes process parameters for part diversion
- Audits and/or oversees audits of production processes for adherence to established setup/cycle
- Assists with investigations of reject product and the development of corrective actions
- Conducts process D.O.E.
- Seeks opportunities for labor reduction and assists in implementation
- Performs mold set up, start up, trouble shooting, repair and approval of production runs using accepted GW quality standards
- Disassembles, cleans, and re-assembles molds and silicone components as needed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned
- 5 years’ experience in injection molding processing; B.S. in Plastics or Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on plastics processing desirable.
- Must have comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of injection molding process, machines, robotics, and auxiliary equipment. Knowledge of ISO standards, SPC, TQM, and GMP’s is highly desirable
- Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and manufacturing personnel
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
- Ability to take a systematic approach to process optimization and problem solving
- Experienced with Cold runner systems and knowledgeable in precision injection mold tooling
- Extensive hands-on experience with the entire injection molding process and familiar with machinery up to a press capacity of 500 tons
- Up-to-date knowledge of injection molding machine technology and capabilities. Must be willing to attend appropriate seminars or classes to continually improve upon injection mold processing skills
- Skilled in basic metrology; working knowledge of geometric tolerances and ability to interpret drawings; some experience in designing and perform DOE’s and process statistical capability studies
- Excellent organizational, planning and analytical skills; some knowledge of PC based computer software such as MS Word, Excel, and program management software
- Knowledge in mold design a must
- Flexibility to work overtime when necessary
- Excellent communication skills
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, the employee is regularly required to twist and turn to move heavy objects. Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.