Setup Technician

Department: Production FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Summary

The Setup Technician working in conjunction with the Production Manager and the Process Technician is responsible for providing technical support for the molding operations process including preparation, set-up, and troubleshooting of machines and secondary operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates understanding of all set-up procedures and all molding machine and secondary operation functions.
  • Safely and efficiently operate a sit-down forklift.
  • Set-up, starts and troubleshoots presses using established process control methods.
  • Uses computer to print work instructions and other job related documentation.
  • Monitor press cycle to ensure presses are running to standards.
  • Observe machine operations to detect work piece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • Assist Operators when they encounter issues in the running machinery.
  • Modify existing robot programs to handle parts without causing damage to the equipment or parts.
  • Program machines for operators; creating new programs as needed.
  • Ensure machines are running at peak efficiency, rate and quality throughout the shift
  • Clean, inspect and maintain injection mold and machine as required
  • Work as part of a team to minimize downtime and increase production
  • Perform periodic inspection rounds when needed
  • Actively participate in team meetings, think sessions, and process improvement meetings designed to create a better work process
  • Assist lead person with training of new personnel on proper job procedures, quality requirements and safety procedures
  • All other duties as requested

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Two-year technical degree/tech certification in related field or 4 years of related experience.
  • Experience with plastics injection molding required.
  • Experience in working with drawings, part lists, engineering orders, diagrams, schematics and shop orders is required.
  • Electrical experience preferred for basic maintenance of machinery.
  • Must be safety conscience, a team player and a self-starter.
  • Must have strong mechanical and math skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with shift personnel.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate effectively with other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively among shift personnel as well as to the other shifts.
  • Ability to utilize a computer for accessing reports, email and general data entry.
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent

Physical Demands

  • Light to moderate physical activity.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs on an occasional basis and 25 lbs on a regular basis.
  • 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 frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; use foot/feet to operate equipment and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment 

  • 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 occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is a combination of moderate and loud.