Machinist

Summary

To have an understanding of how thermoformed molds are made and thermoformed plastic parts are formed. Analyzes specifications. From blue prints and sketches, operates all mold shop machinery in order to fabricate thermoforming molds, tooling components, and closure and label machinery parts. Repair existing molds and hi-die cutting knives by performing the following duties.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• 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 tool such as lathes, milling machines, and surface grinders to fabricate parts and verifies conformance of machined parts to specifications.
  • Lifts raw materials, machined parts or tooling and positions and secures items on surface plate or work table.
  • Builds and repairs molds from prints or verbal instructions.
• Computes dimensions, plans layout, and determines assembly method and sequence of operations.
  • Verifies dimensions, alignments and clearances.
  • Uses hand tools for venting and polishing of molds and sharpening hi-die knives.
  • Makes jigs, fixtures and gauges to hold and check work.
  • Knowledge and ability to machine 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.
  • Starts and observes machine operation to detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining, and adjusts machine controls or control media as required.
  • Verifies conformance of finished work piece to specifications, blueprints, etc.
  • Sets up and operates machine on trial run to verify accuracy of machine settings or programmed control data.
  • Fits and assembles parts into complete assembly.
  • 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.

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 or General Education Degree (GED); State Certified Machinist with a minimum of five years experience in machine shop with the ability to demonstrate proficiency in the setup and operation of all shop machine tools, inspection equipment and methods and tool repair procedures.

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 - Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instruction. Ability to resolve problems and have a strong mechanical aptitude. Have an understanding of how thermoformed (sheet) plastic is formed.

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.

1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.

2. The employee is occasionally required to climb, or balance, stoop, kneel and crouch.

3. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

4. 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.

1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical machinery, sharp cutters and metal chips.

2. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.

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

4. The work area is well lighted and climate controlled.


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