Inline Plastics

Process Engineer

3+ months agoMcDonough, GA

Summary

The Process Engineer / Specialist reports to the Process Engineering Manager and is responsible for providing engineering expertise in the areas of thermoforming process development and improvement, supports the launch of new products and continuously improves existing products and processes. Provide advanced level process troubleshooting support, process training and data analysis. Identifies areas for improvement and participates in continuous improvement activities to reduce product and process variability and improve production efficiencies.

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.

Provides technical expertise and project management support relating to process improvement projects for new and/or existing products.

Works with the manufacturing staff, as required, developing process engineering documentation, systems and auditing procedures. Areas of expertise include: Applicable materials & equipment knowledge.

Performs manufacturing performance analysis to reduce processing costs through creative engineering and proactive procedures.

Performs process capability studies and root cause analysis for resolution of manufacturing problems and assists with implementation of corrective actions.

Coordinates with plant personnel and establishes process improvement teams for cost savings opportunities.

Develops and maintains SMED activities to decrease mold change over times from last good part to first good part to less than 4 hours on preheat machines and 2 hours on contact heat machines and documents accordingly

Ensures all molds are running at the BOM standard cycle time or better and that any changes are documented to ensure all processing is maintained to IPC procedures.

Provides detailed technical guidance and training to thermoforming machine operators, Setup Mechanics and Electro-mechanical Technicians. Develops and documents standard training practices.

Provide full support and lead the Commercialization Process with ability to work different hours or shifts with minimum of notice.

Ability to work flexible hours with minimum of notice.

Provide Process support to IPC Remote Facilities, with ability to travel if necessary with short or no notice.

Works a swing shift, preferably once per week, for the purpose of developing the second shift technical staff and ensuring consistency of work.

Acts as a liaison to the Central Engineering Department for equipment RFP's and RFQ's, commissioning of new equipment, analysis relating to facility infrastructure needs and design improvements for manufacturing equipment.

Acts as a liaison to the R&D Department to evaluate, recommend, and implement tooling design changes in order to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

Maintains strong relationships with current and potential vendors to provide technical guidance in new equipment selection for new projects, equipment upgrades and troubleshooting.

Generates, maintains and adheres to project expense and capital budgets.

Maintains a neat, safe and clean environment at all times and strictly enforce this.

Helps support building a strong team that is cross functional across all Departments.

"Leads by example" and maintains a strong professional demeanor at all times and always possess a "Can do attitude".

Ensures established process parameters surpass company operating efficiency standards.

Accurately and systematically records data used to analyze set-ups, change-overs, and processes.

Will perform other duties as assigned.

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
  • Ensures all safety procedures are strictly adhered to including that "Lock out and tag out" is strictly enforced and disciplined.

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.
  1. Education and/or Experience - Four year engineering degree with a minimum of five years relevent experience. Thermoforming experience is beneficial. Continuing education as required staying abreast of new developments area of expertise. Proficient in Microsoft Office, MRP/ERP. Proficient in Microsoft Project software. Knowledge of design software, preferably SolidWorks, is a plus. Strong Mechanical/Electrical knowledge a plus, strong knowledge and understanding of SPC, CPK, DOE, FMEA as well as abilities to create data analyze graphs a plus. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under minimal supervision.
  2. Language Skills - English speaking. The ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports. The ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.
  3. Mathematical Skills - The ability to comprehend and apply the principles of algebra.
  4. Reasoning Ability - Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. High degree of mechanical aptitude required.


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 regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit.
  2. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  3. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
  5. 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 occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock.
  2. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Job ID: plastics-1524669