To have an understanding of how tooling is repaired, manufactured, and built. Specifically understand the intricacies of thermoforming molds, trimming tools, cutting and scoring knives. From blue prints and sketches analyze specifications and operate all mold shop machinery in order to repair and maintain above mentioned tooling as well as repair and fabricate machine parts as needed.

Essential Function/Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential functions/duties satisfactorily. Other duties/functions may be added or assigned.

  • Studies blue prints, sketches, drawings, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work pieces, sequence of operation for fabrication and setup requirements of work pieces and machine tools.
  • Measures, marks, and scribes dimensions and reference points on material or work pieces as a guide for subsequent machining.
  • Capable of generating simple machine programs for 2-3 axis machining centers using machine control interface.
  • Sets up and operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and surface grinders to fabricate, repair, and sharpen parts to drawing specifications.
  • Lifts raw materials, machined parts or tooling and positions and secures items on surface plate or work table.
  • Builds and repairs molds and cutting tools from prints or verbal instructions.
  • Computes dimensions, plans layout, and determines assembly method and sequence of operations.
  • Verifies dimensions, alignments and clearances down to 0.0001" on machined parts.
  • Uses hand tools for venting and polishing of molds and sharpening of hi-die knives.
  • Makes jigs, fixtures and gauges to hold and check work.
  • Knowledge and ability to machine and repair aluminum mold castings.
  • Calculates and sets controls to regulate machining parameters such as speed, feed, coolant flow, and depth and angle of cut, and/or enters commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control data.
  • Verifies conformance of finished work piece to specifications, blueprints, etc.
  • Able to weld and repair fine cutting edges on knives and cutting tools.
  • Fits and assembles parts into complete assemblies.
  • Verifies and documents critical dimensions and alignment of thermoform tool and components assemblies per inspection procedures using calipers, micrometers, height gauges and other measuring instruments.
  • Confers with engineers, production personnel, programmers or others to resolve machining, assembly, and tooling problems..

The list below represents the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Education and/or Experience - High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or five years related experience and or training in a mold shop or machining environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of a Board Certified training program in machining or tool making highly desirable. Technical background including technical school or previous technician experience. College degree in manufacturing a plus.
  2. 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).
  3. Mathematical Skills - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Common calculations pertaining to machining functions.
  4. Reasoning Ability - Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations. Able to apply logic in troubleshooting problems and executing solutions in a timely, cost effective manner.
  5. Other Skills and Abilities - Must be able to use all machining measurement tools including but not limited to calipers, micrometers, gauge blocks, optical measurement devices. Must be computer literate and able to read blueprints.

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.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to perform various physical activities which require fine motor skills.
  2. Occasionally, this task requires reaching, climbing, kneeling, squatting and bending.
  3. All activities are performed occasionally (max 20 times per day).
  4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  5. Lifting, pushing and pulling requirements are 35 pounds.

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

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts.
  2. The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock.
  3. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and extreme heat.
  4. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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