• Mold Development Engineer - Project Leader

    Job Location(s) US-TX-Fort Worth
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/16/2018 9:35 AM)
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    Contract (Full-Time)
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  • Overview

    MANAGER’S JOB TITLE: Mold Development Engineer - Project Leader 

    Work location with be in Reynosa, MX. Shuttle will travel from McAllen, TX daily to and from the plant at set hours. No overnight stays in MX. 

    • Work Schedule: M-F 8am to 5pm. Possibility of overtime, especially when travelling. 
    • Could include travel to Asia 
    • Scope of Position 
    • Support client Mold Development Engineering in the mission of providing our customers with world-class tooling for new product introductions and capacity upgrades, including mold processing analysis during concept development, tool fabrication, qualification, and on-boarding. 



    Major Roles and Responsibilities 
    • Concept Development: 
    o Provide design for manufacturing (DFM) analysis, budgetary funding estimates, capacity utilization estimates, and materials consultation for new product introductions 
    o Evaluate final part designs, and determine the most cost effective mold design relative to manufacturing efficiency, long-term tool durability, and simplicity of tool maintenance according to Global Company standards. 
    • Fabrication and Project Management: 
    o Initiate and sustain new project documentation utilizing existing department procedures and processes 
    o Ensure tooling solutions meet total project life requirements, optimize cavitation, meet or exceed cycle time targets, and minimizes material usage 
    o Interface with and manage tooling suppliers during concept development, fabrication, and final qualification of tooling 
    • Qualification and New Mold On-boarding: 
    o Oversee T-1 sampling of new molds and analyze mechanical performance against planned development. Ensure process capability is created and documented for long term production performance 
    o Initiate first article inspection process and ensure that tooling performance meets engineering specifications 
    o Provides direction for seamless tooling transfer to production across multiple sites 

    Projects involved with: 
    o New product introductions 
    o Capacity molds for expanding product lines 
    o Continuous improvement projects 
    o Research support for new technologies 
    o Performance Excellence Projects 
    o Urgent process-related issues impacting product quality or delivery 
    o Fundamental understanding (MEE)Projects 

    • Determine manufacturability of plastic component concepts from Product Development Engineering (PDE) prior to acceptance for tooling. Provide rigorous DFM guidance to PDE for part function, ease of tooling, lowest cost solution, ease of manufacturability, and tool longevity 
    Well designed and specified plastic parts will perform well in their intended application, allow for robust tooling solutions, and provide of a broad processing window 
    • Thorough analysis of tooling concept designs as presented by tooling suppliers prior to release for fabrication. Experiential feedback provided to tool suppliers to enhance tool function, repeatability, economic operation, and ease of maintenance 
    Comprehensive timely feedback assures adherence to program schedule, assures tooling will function correctly and efficiently upon completion 
    • Selection of vendors based on alignment of capabilities to specific tool complexity and individual shop capacity. Determine appropriate region for tool manufacture for cost, quality, and project timing 
    Correct placement of tooling projects will assure timely completion, and best-cost tooling solutions


    Skill and Knowledge Requirements 
    • BS in Mechanical or Plastics engineering or equivalent degree or higher preferred. Any 4 year degree in an engineering principle can be considered and is strongly desired as a minimum qualitifcation. Candidates with very strong tooling backgrounds without a 4 year degree may be considered on a case by case basis. 

    Experience Requirements: 
    • 5+ years knowledge of injection mold tooling and comprehensive understanding of engineering resins 
    • 3+ years of plastic product and assembly design 

    Required Skills: 
    • Mold-making 
    • Strong project management capability 
    • Detailed knowledge of all types of injection mold tooling 
    • Thorough knowledge of secondary assembly and decorating processes 
    • Ability to utilize all MS Office applications 
    • Knowledge of tool steels and metallurgical properties 
    • Thorough understanding of injection mold processing parameters and applications (cause and affect) 
    • Affective verbal and written communication 
    • Ability to lead or participate in cross-functional teams 
    • Functional with 3D CAD software - Preferred: PRO E and/or Solid Works 
    • Ability to travel (domestic and international) 
    Fluent in both spoken and written English; Spanish is a PLUS 

    Desired Skills: 
    • Mold flow technology 
    • Mold set-up and processing capability 
    • Ability to troubleshoot with advanced problem solving tools 
    • Familiarity with automation processes 
    • Ability to operate machine tools


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