Process Engineer

DESCRIPTION

The Process Engineer provides engineering support and optimization improvements on established equipment including vision systems, auxiliary equipment, automation, robots, end-of-arm tooling, packaging, plastic injection molding, assembly, and other processing systems for injection molding. The engineer will develop processes by establishing injection molded cycles of new and existing molds. The engineer will also define pre- and post-molding processes for components to optimize efficiencies, yields, and productivity. This individual will provide engineering support to production by troubleshooting injection molding processes and tooling, and by defining mold maintenance requirements.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop programs and/or methods to optimize productivity and reduce cycle time, manufacturing losses, and overall costs
  • Ensure that processes adhere to ISO 13485 standards
  • Continuously improve existing processes using design of experiments (DOE) and other methods to increase efficiencies
  • Assist product development program teams as necessary to ensure successful product launches
  • Perform mold validation process set-up, troubleshooting, and process monitoring
  • Obtain quotes and procure, modify, and validate both new and existing production mold tooling
  • Resolve technical tooling and process problems for both new and old tooling
  • Help select tooling vendors
  • Serve as vendor interface; coordinate in-process changes and approve tooling when completed
  • Work with vendors to perform new or modified component validations; determine requirements and direct tooling upgrades to existing tooling
  • Monitor all molding operations, tracking efficiency and potential issues
  • Use scientific approach to problem-solving machine issues; track statistical data and use statistical process controls (SPC) to continuously monitor and improve efficiency of molding operations
  • Identify variation, scrap, and cost-reduction opportunities
  • Work as a cross-functional team member involved in processes, various designs, troubleshooting, project management, and cost analysis
  • Assist in collecting information, selecting, and implementing new molding projects
  • Create procedures, routings and bills of material; assist with corrective actions to resolve nonconformances as root causes are identified
  • Optimize manufacturing practices
  • Improve work force by training Process Technicians and Mold Technicians on efficient machine operation
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

  • 4 years of experience as Process Engineer or as Senior Molding Manager/Molding Process Engineer
  • 4 years of experience (can be gained concurrently with the above experience) in overseeing thermoplastic injection molding process and scientific molding process development
  • Working knowledge of plastic technology with emphasis on injection molding, SPC, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Detailed knowledge of plastic mold and part design
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication and record-keeping skills
  • 25% domestic travel and 25% international travel

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent mix of education and experience

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects

VISUAL ACUITY

  • Worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as:
    • Preparing and analyzing data and figures
    • Transcribing
    • Viewing a computer screen
    • Extensive reading
    • Visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operating machines
    • Using measurement devices
    • Assembly or fabrication of parts at distance close to the eyes

CONDITIONS

Some of the Process Engineer’s responsibilities and duties are performed on the production floor and/or in the warehouse of a manufacturing plant that can be hot in summer, cold in winter, hazardous, noisy, and dusty. The worker may be subject to:

  • Inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature change
  • Noise: Sufficient noise to cause a worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise
  • Vibration: Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body
  • Hazards: A variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals

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ABOUT VIANT

At Viant, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ healthcare solutions to market. We have facilities across the U.S. and around the world, including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Viant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Viant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.