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Inline Plastics RD&E Tool Room Lead in Shelton, Connecticut

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RD&E Tool Room Lead

Department: Research, Development, & Engineering

Location: Shelton, CT

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Summary

This position requires the individual to lead and coordinate the daily activities of 3-4 associates comprised of Machinists and Programmer-Machinists. The Tool Room Lead shall support the development of new products and the RD&E development tooling schedule by performing the duties outlined below. In addition, the Tool Room Lead will generate, optimize and correct CNC programs using Mastercam software, as well as, operate tool room machinery for the purposes of fabricating components and repairing tooling.

Essential Function/Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function/duty satisfactorily. Other duties/functions may be added or assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Generates, corrects and optimizes CNC programs using Mastercam software for the machining of components made from Aluminum, Steel and other Plastic or composite materials.

  • Operates milling machines, surface grinders, drill presses, CNC machining centers, etc. for the purposes of fabricating metal and non-metal parts.

  • Develops fixtures and determine machining process to properly fabricate and machine components.

  • Estimates time requirements for completion of job assignments and assists in the formulation and prioritization of the Tool Room schedule in order to satisfy project timelines.

  • Assigns work to Tool Room personnel, oversees the work being performed and ensures the work meets tolerance and quality standards before releasing it to other departments.

  • Analyzes thermoforming tool problems of immediate nature and determines best method of repair.

  • Confers with Program Managers, Tooling Engineers, Process Technicians and other staff to coordinate activities of Tool Room staff in order to satisfy product development timelines.

  • Schedules manpower as necessary to support development of products when running on a two shift schedule.

  • Evaluates performance of Tool Room Personnel and provides training and/or development programs to improve the person-s performance and/or capabilities.

  • Suggests and initiates plans to motivate associates to achieve goals and trains them as required.

  • Ensures the Tool Room is organized and maintained as a clean and safe environment.

  • Establishes and implements a preventive maintenance schedule for Tool Room equipment in order to provide equipment readiness and reliability.

  • Assists with establishing Tool Room inventory levels of end mills, cutters, drill bits and other consumable items ensuring that capital is used sparingly and that no out-of-stock situations compromise productivity.

  • Interprets company policies for associates, enforces safety regulations and assists with the coaching of associates to correct performance problems.

  • Builds strong relationships with RD&E staff and works in a collaborative non-confrontational manner.

  • Possess good planning and organizational skills.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Leads up to four employees in RD&E Tool Room.

  • Carries out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Interviews and hires new employees, takes disciplinary action as necessary to correct employee performance issues.

  • Develops employees for promotion opportunities.

  • Develops employee training programs for the department and develops SOP-s for the department-s work.

    Product Safety and Quality

  • Follows Product Safety and Quality standards

  • Follows FDA GMP-s in regards to food contact packaging as it pertains to the employee

    Safety

  • Practices safe work habits and follows general safety procedures such as proper lifting and bending, ergonomics, proper use of equipment and use of personal protection equipment (PPE)

  • Practices good housekeeping including clutter-free work area and general cleaning; follows FDA product safety standards, follows IPC product defense standards and complies with all SQF requirements

  • Ensures lockout procedures are followed any time the equipment is being cleaned or maintained

The list below represents the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience - High School diploma, General Education Degree (GED) or trade school and 7-10 years experience in machine shop environment operating manual milling machines, lathes, CNC-s, surface grinders, etc. Beneficial to be a certified Tool Maker. Knowledgeable in mold making, thermoform tooling, punch and die tooling is highly desirable. Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Language Skills - Must be able to communicate on a one-on-one basis or in group situations, understand instructions and follow SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures).

Mathematical Skills - Ability to work with mathematical fundamentals of shop math; geometry and trigonometry.

Reasoning Ability - The ability to apply common sense to understand problems provide direction using written or oral instructions. The ability to apply a strong mechanical aptitude to evaluate and resolve problems.

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 sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.

  • The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.

  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 exposed to moving mechanical machinery, sharp cutters and metal chips.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • The work area is well lighted and climate controlled.

  • Constant care is necessary to prevent injury to self or others due to inherent accidents. An accident, should one occur, may result in back strain, or cut, and be partially incapacitating and cause of lost time. Is required to follow Company Safety Procedures.

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