Molding Technician – Novation Industries – McHenry, IL

  • McHenry, IL
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  • McHenry, IL
  • Applications have closed

Novation Industries


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.1. Overall workstation efficiency of their assigned work areas.

1.2. Responsible for overseeing the tools and fixtures of our customers, including input on tooling maintenance, and supplying production data and assisting with resolution of production problems.

1.3. Plant Safety. Primarily safety at the workstations.

1.4. Meeting set standards of Bill of Materials (BOM) on each production run and properly communicating if such standards cannot be met for any reason.

1.5. Identifying mold, press and molding issues that prevent efficient operations of their assigned workstations and taking the necessary steps to resolve, document resolution and communicate to supervision on their “Workstation Reports”.

1.6. Completing all workstation data collection either daily or special assignments required by procedures.

1.7. Communicating shift events to supervision / management that adversely affect operations, procedure compliance or company rules and regulations.

1.8. Cleanliness and organization of their assigned work areas.


2.1. Workstation responsibility

2.1.1. Always watching for any unsafe situation and rectifying.

2.1.2. Validating proper set-up of each production workstation they are assigned to, by validating with established process sheets, manufacturing work instructions and the IPCP. Including proper material mixes, drying equipment and drying time.

2.1.3. Starting production runs via short shot to full shot unless otherwise noted, and meeting quality specifications of each product line while complying with BOM requirements. Presses are expected to run continually without cycle interruptions unless documented otherwise of specific details which prevent compliance.

2.1.4. Reducing scrap as a continuous improvement and following the scrap manufacturing guidelines.

2.1.5. Working out shift issues with the Lead Operators.

2.1.6. Assists with establishing or improving plant work instructions and operations.

2.1.7. Oversight of work instruction procedure compliance of staff in their assigned areas specifically dress codes, safety, quality requirements, workstation requirements, material handling, housekeeping and all company rules and regulations. Especially on off shifts.

2.2. Daily Documentation Requirements

2.2.1. Detailed Workstation Reports that give status to all assigned workstations

2.2.2. Detailed Mold Preventative Evaluations (MPE) that document any issues or concerns of a mold while in the molding presses.

2.2.3. Cycle checklists that record specific values of each production run.

2.2.4. Cycle Adjustment forms that document any changes that are made to the molding processes during the production run.

2.2.5. Maintenance Work Orders that request repair or review of a concern from the maintenance department.

2.2.6. Production Checklist which validates various activities prior to, during and after production runs.

2.2.7. BOM discrepancies which provide feedback to the Engineering department when a production line cannot meet BOM specifications. Engineering are the keepers of BOM records.

2.2.8. Complete a Process Cycle Sheet when necessary.

2.3. Training Matrix

2.3.1. There are two training matrix layouts that Molding Technicians are required to be trained on. These will call out the work instruction, procedures and company rules and regulations. These will not be limits to their job details but are the primary training materials. Paulson Training Matrix that is a comprehensive molding skill set program Manufacturing Training Matrix that spells out various forms and instructions

2.4. Tooling

2.4.1. Will work in conjunction with the Tool Room and Sampling Technician to identify mold issues or concerns and to insure proper maintenance of the molds. Any issues or concerns will be documented via the MPE process, even if verbally communicated.

2.5. Will work in conjunction with the maintenance department to ensure press and equipment reliance and repeatability by properly notifying maintenance of any equipment or press issues by following the maintenance work order process.

2.6. Material Consumption

2.6.1. Material is the main cost of each production run and requires tentative attention to over consumption of raw goods. Technicians will be held accountable for the scrap produces from their assigned presses. Accountability means that they follow the processes set for high scrap situations, respond promptly to resolve scrapping situations, and report overconsumption so that jobs are not shut down for no material available.

2.7. Overtime

2.7.1. It will be required to work overtime to support work activity and when other technicians are on vacation. It will be understandable that at times you will be unable to assist due to planned obligations but, this needs to be an exception and not the rule.

2.8. Downtime

2.8.1. Molding Technician will be responsible for the accurate reporting of each workstation downtime for their assigned stations where production runs are scheduled. This means from the time the job is started through the completion. This does not include weekends where presses are scheduled down. They will properly code each downtime event per procedure.

2.9. Plant Start-up / Shutdown

2.9.1. Molding Technicians will start and shutdown plant operations as scheduled. This will be scheduled through scheduling and the Molding Supervisor. This may require starting before regularly scheduled hours.

. Requirements:


1.1. To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

1.2. Display solid math skills as well as problem solving that pertains to the molding technician position.

1.3. Must be capable of working in an independent, self-direct manner and able to handle multiple activities simultaneously.

1.4. Must possess a personality that is conducive to fairness and respect to fellow employees

2. Education/Experience

2.1. Minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

2.2. Must have hands on experience in a manufacturing engineering role, including DFMA, jigs and fixture design, and configuring assembly lines.

2.3. Minimum 5 years of injection molding experience. Experience with high temperature materials, such as Ultem or LCP, is highly desirable.

2.4. Must have hands on injection molding process experience and a full understanding of mold design and construction.

2.5. A full understanding of project management techniques and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously is required. An understanding of project management software is desired.

2.6. Global sourcing and supplier management experience is desirable.

2.7. Lean manufacturing or Six Sigma experience is desirable.

2.8. Must have a firm understanding of personal computers and knowledge of Microsoft Office and business systems.

Language/Communication Skills

3.1. Ability to clearly communicate with suppliers, customers and employees in order to ensure the timely completion of quotes and coordination of projects.

Physical Demands

4.1. 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 description.

4.2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is commonly required to stand, walk or sit for long intervals. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to see things both near and far away, be able to identify color, and able to adjust focus.

4.3. Will be required to spend extended periods of time in the production area, warehouse and tool room and with outside tool makers.

Work Environment

5.1. The work environment characteristics described her are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

5.2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or equipment.

5.3. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate unless they are working in the production area.


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