Sr. Engineer for Molding and Plastics in Southington, Connecticut. The Sr. Engineer for Molding and Plastics will perform a variety of engineering functions focusing on the design, build, and debug of injection mold tools, and related tooling. In addition, this position will provide hands on engineering support to facilitate timely resolution to manufacturing performance issues pertaining to equipment, instrumentation, processes, and product. KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide hands-on engineering support to the manufacturing operations, to include primary troubleshooting support for downed equipment and process issues utilizing the manufacturing escalation procedure (across all shifts). Support production performance data collection initiatives throughout the manufacturing business units, and to utilize basic data analysis methodologies to identify productivity improvement opportunities. Optimize production machinery by identifying and implementing improvements to enhance the performance of existing equipment and processes. Strengthen technical associate skill sets by providing focused training. Provide technical instruction in support of the business unit trainers. Develop, execute, and utilize effective project management plans, which clearly identify the scope, timelines and resources for key project activities. Identify, contract and facilitate non-core skill sets and services (internal and external) capable of providing support to the manufacturing operations as required in a time effective manner. Specification, installation and validation of minor and mid-range capital equipment purchases. Prepare and process documentation to include specification changes, change request forms, deviations, standard operating procedures, and standard test methods. Support/maintain mold tooling documentation systems. Provide manufacturing feedback and subject matter advice to various disciplines such as R&D, Quality, Planning and Engineering as required. Provide technical assistance to the manufacturing floor in support of existing and new equipment. Specify, test, and evaluate purchased components. Write and execute equipment protocols (EQP, IQ, OQ) Upgrade and document system changes utilizing the formal change request system. Participate in design reviews for new equipment and modification to existing systems. Ensure compliance with company policies and business practices including FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) requirements. EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE: Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Plastics or Materials Engineering. 7 - 9 years related engineering experience Ability to analyze interactions between equipment/process/product and provide system solutions where possible. Excellent equipment troubleshooting and production system analytical skills. Candidates must be versed in plastics material testing practices. Knowledge of material formulation and the thermodynamic properties of thermoplastics. Knowledge of plastics processing equipment, and tooling design for batch, and continuous flow processes. Knowledge of manufacturing equipment such as injection molding, tubing extrusion, and thermal forming. Design, evaluation, and purchasing of injection molding, and extrusion tooling. Strong project management competence (methods and software). Experienced in project plan development, execution and follow through, with a successful history of meeting project deadlines. Regulatory and GMP knowledge preferred. Strong communication, interpersonal, time management and organizational skills. Knowledge of OSHA safety machine guarding and Interlocks. COMPUTER SKILLS: Proficient computer skills (MS Windows, MS Office applications, MS Project). Working Knowledge of statistical software a plus (e.g. Minitab). Proficient with AutoCAD and SolidWorks
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