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Process Engineer - Thermoforming

Reference Number: 5941 - SB
Location: North Georgia

Essential Job 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/Setup Technicians.
• Develops and documents standard training practices.
• Willing to work a swing shift on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, 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 (OEE).
• 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 all other duties as assigned.
• Follows Product Safety and Quality standards.
• Follows and IPC product defense standards and complies with all SQF requirements.
• 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).
• 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.

• Must have a High School education with a minimum of 10 years progressive thermoforming experience, a two year technical degree with minimum of 8 years of progressive thermoforming experience, or a four year engineering degree, which is preferred, with a minimum of five years thermoforming experience.
• Must have a minimum 5 years thermoforming experience. 
• Continuing education as required staying abreast of new developments area of expertise.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, MRP/ERP.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Project software.
• Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under minimal supervision.
• Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports.
• Must have the ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.
• Must have the ability to comprehend and apply the principles of algebra.
• Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Must be able to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Must have a high degree of mechanical aptitude required.