Career Opportunities with Inline Plastics Corp

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Tooling Engineer (RD&E )

Department: Research, Development & Engineering
Location: Milford, CT


The candidate will be responsible for complete ownership of tool engineering activities relating to new product development and some ongoing manufacturing support. Duties also include activities focusing on the company and departmental objectives in respect to increasing revenue, cost reduction and improved quality.

Essential Function/Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function/duty satisfactorily. Other duties/functions may be added or assigned.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Design thermoform tooling for new product concepts using company tool standards, specifications, and good engineering practices
  • Develop, maintain, and continuously update tool design and fabrication standards to meet company’s objectives
  • Manage all aspect of tooling projects to ensure timely delivery of tools that meet Inline Plastics quality standards as well as keeping the tool cost within budget
  • SMED – Tool Design for Manufacturing / Quick Change
  • Ability to identify tool design issues (Forming Tool, Trim Assemblies (Steel Rule Knife & Matched Metal), & Product Stackers)
  • Has ability to identify improvements to standardized work within the tool procurement processes
  • Interact closely with engineering, manufacturing and  tool maintenance personnel to identify issues and their appropriate solutions
  • Work with product and tooling engineers to recommend long-term improvements to new products and tool designs
  • Work with internal and external tool manufacturers to drive quality, cost reduction and lead time reduction.
  • Has the ability to analyze quality data to make improvements to tool output CTQ specifications
  • Work with Quality to develop QA gauges for new products and existing products as needed

Required knowledge and skills:

  • Skilled in 3D solid modeling software, SolidWorks experience is preferred 
  • Specific knowledge of product and tool design for this gauge thermoforming is required. Knowledge of injection molding tooling/process is a plus
  • Strong problem solving skills with good mechanical aptitude
  • Tool making or machine shop experience is preferred
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of manufacturing environment involving plastic processes
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, flexible environment

Education and/or Experience - Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Mechanical Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering. Alternatively the candidate must have 5 years (or more) of thermoform tool design experience. Requires five years or more relevant engineering, machine shop or manufacturing experience in consumer products within a plastic thermoforming environment. Tool making or machine shop experience is preferred.

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