Process Engineer - Plastics
Michigan, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
Position: Process Engineer - Plastic
Reports to: Tooling Department Manager
Knowledge and practice of Health, Safety, and Environmental policies, procedures and requirements
Responsible for all aspects of developing the plastic injection molding process
Participate as part of the program launch team as the plastic process expert
Aid in development of specifications for injection presses, auxiliary equipment and controls
Act as a problem solving resource in plastics expertise to the organization, including vendors as necessary
Troubleshoot process issues, scrap/cost reductions, and improvement projects
Coordinate process optimization and trial runs
Work within a cross-functional launch team including Product Engineers and Tooling Engineers to assist plastic product design and provide input to mold design
Contribute to production of Quality Documentations (DFM, PFMEA) as related to plastic processing
Coordinate / analyze / draw conclusions based on molding process simulation software (Moldex3D) produced by CAE Department
Application of systematic / scientific molding techniques
Utilize advanced problem solving tools when necessary, such as design of experiments, statistical analysis, etc
Train Technicians to develop 24 hour support staff for plastic
Follow and help establish all internal procedures and standards
Responsible for completing other tasks assigned by the Tooling Department Manager.
Experience as required to meet responsibilities without detailed supervision.
Experience using DOE s and other statistical tools for problem solving
Good understanding of plastic materials (GF Polyamides) and their processing characteristics
Knowledge of scientific molding practices
Basic understanding of plastic injection mold design including manifolds and cooling
Must be a self-starter, organized and dedicated, with good record keeping skills.
Must have good written and oral communication skills.
Must have the ability to accept and cope with restrictive time frames and unpredictable situations.
Familiarity with following vertical presses and controls: ARBURG, ENGEL
Familiarity with eDart monitoring system
Travel: limited. Typically day trips
The purpose of this job is to establish plastic injection molding process during prototype and production phases. The goal is to produce product that meets Engineering requirements with robust and economic process.
Education &/or Experience:
BSE or equivalent; and 5 years related experience and/or training in Plastics/Process Engineering, or manufacturing systems; or 10 to 15 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.