Senior Plastics Engineer

Reference Number: 477
Location: OH

Senior Plastics Engineer

Our client is in the Medical Device space, involved in a variety of products but focused on products that are adaptable between surgical procedures.  As is true in most device manufacturing about 80% of their product is polymer based and the balance in metals.  We are helping them find the ideal candidate to help support the plastic side of their business. 

As an engineer your skills will be challenged every day, from mold-making to molding, from design to implementation, and even your hands-on skills will be critical to your success.  The company has a large number of hydraulic presses and a short list of electrical presses with tonnages up to 220.  If you are the type of engineer that embraces a challenge to the point of getting their hands greasy, or even has machining experience that you can bring to bear when working with the repair shop, we really need to talk. 

Have you read the “but” yet?  Here it is, not only is this position not for the “highfalutin” engineer unwilling to engage from the shop to the management level, it’s located in a fairly rural area.  What that means to you is if your limits include an unwillingness to be in the country this isn’t the job for you.  Still interested? 

RESPONSIBILITIES –

  1. Centrally responsible for and the “go-to” person for all injection molding activities
  2. Identifies, leads, and encourages process improvement and/or optimization projects
  3. Responsible internally and externally regarding mold design (e.g. DFMA)
  4. Leads AND performs qualifications (IQ, OQ, PQ) on tooling as well as documents effective ranges of mold operation (e.g. DOE)
  5. Evaluates new and existing materials opportunities for patient safety, process capability and cost reduction
  6. Key member of NPD teams to ensure effective designs and transfer to production
  7. Uses Lean/Six Sigma initiatives (e.g. SMED) to drive improvement while ensuring that operator training is current
  8. Interacts with Quality to ensure proper maintenance of Documentation as well as reviewing productivity/yield reports
    1. Uses Project Management tools to ensure delivery times, resource demands, etc. 

REQUIREMENTS –

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Plastics or other applicable engineering discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Medical Device injection molding and/ or clean room molding
  • Hands-on knowledge of and experience in molding with demonstrable knowledge in equipment like hoppers, blenders, dryers, sprue pickers, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of hot runners a must
  • Demonstrable knowledge of typical device materials like PP, PC, ABS & Nylon
  • Experienced operating under a QS (ISO 13485) especially as regards maintenance of equipment and tooling; risk management (ISO 14971) experience a plus
  • Validation & Verification of tooling and presses a must
  • Extrusion experience a big plus
  • Knowledge in Scientific Molding and/or RJG

(Please note: Our client is in TX)

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