The Plastic Injection Molding Process Technician is responsible for setting molds and setting up process parameters for molding machines to assure that products conform to functional and cosmetic requirements. Prior experience in setting molds and programming equipment is required.
Required to Qualify:
- At least one year experience as a Process Technician Level 1 (meeting all skill and performance requirements of that role as defined) or equivalent experience.
- Understand and observe Safety practices
- Embrace and maintain 5S principles
Other Skills and Requirements
- Strong organization skills; able to multi-task and manage competing priorities
- Excellent communication skills (listening, documenting, explaining, etc.)
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to remain calm and treat people with dignity and respect.
- Proficient in, and able to apply, SPC methods such that processes remain in control.
- Demonstrated skills as a team member; collaborates with Supervisor and Quality Tech. and/or management staff.
- Competent with use of PC’s and related software and ERP systems.
- Record of exemplary punctuality and attendance.
- No unresolved disciplinary issues.
Required for Proficiency in Role:
Must have a demonstrated track record of proficiency with Process Technician Level 1 Technical Requirements, PLUS:
- Proficient in knowledge and use of Seabrook’s TS16949 procedures for process technicians and able to instruct others.
- Perform mold set up accurately and efficiently without the need for guidance from a senior Technician or Engineering resource
- With instruction from senior Process Technician, performs and documents a variety of studies (e.g. short shot, gate freeze, melt temps, pack/hold analysis, etc.).
- Independently, set up and adjust all auxiliary equipment (e.g. thermolator, hot runner, dryers, loader system, EOAT, conveyors, etc.). Troubleshoot as necessary; draw in extra resources in only unusual situations.
- Learn new technology as it is brought to manufacturing, supplementing internal training with outside training.
- Takes initiative to work with other technical and Quality resources to identify defects, root cause process problems and make reliable and timely decisions relative to process changes (and documents them clearly).
- Takes initiative (with occasional mentorship/guidance from senior Process Technician or Engineering Resource) to identify and implement improvements in productivity and yields. Documents these improvements in all pertinent Instructions and Process Variable Sheets.
- With direction and oversight of senior technical staff, create/adjust programs for presses, robots and all auxiliary equipment as necessary for new/existing jobs.
- Perform and document EOAT preventive maintenance and troubleshoot process problems with oversight and direction of senior Process Technician.
- Perform and document basic “in machine” Tool PM’s with oversight and direction of senior Process Technician.
- Assists senior process technician with “on bench” tool PM’s.
- Documents all process changes
- Performs and documents checklists for set-ups and start-ups.
- Makes routine rounds of work centers to confirm yields and efficiencies are within prescribed parameters.
- Proficient with identification of functional and cosmetic defects and the associated root cause.
- Conversant with Scrap and Efficiency Reports and takes initiative on problem-solving; draws in more experienced resources as appropriate.
- Perform any other support tasks, such as material handler and break operator, as needed.
- Assist in scrap reduction and/or continuous improvement activities.
- Communicates problems/issues – clearly and timely – with other process technicians and resources in person and/or via email.
- Assist with corrective actions to respond to customer concerns as necessary.