Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States


  • Full-Time
  • 1
  • Sometimes
  • 5-7 years

Job Description


The principal challenge for this position is to advance the use of new product/technology integration into the injection molding manufacturing process and continuously improve our capabilities to meet our customer’s dynamic needs for new products and faster manufacturability. This position will be responsible for enabling and expanding injection molding manufacturing capabilities of assigned injection molding processes/profiles to produce customer product at a high level of quality, while optimizing processing parameters. This role will be responsible for developing new injection molding manufacturing processes, procedures, protocols, and supporting systems to enable manufacturing to meet customer expectations and grow the business. The candidate must have background and work experience in injection molding manufacturing/continuous improvement projects, working within a team and influencing others.

The focus of this position during the early stages will be to learn the current condition of the assigned injection molding manufacturing processes and/or profiles. Once that is completed, this position will work with Operations, Maintenance and other Process Owners, to troubleshoot and improve the manufacturability of the product design(s) they are tasked with producing. This role will also be responsible for creating and developing a deployment /implementation strategy for new products and applications in injection molding manufacturing that affect his/her assigned processes/profiles.

As a critical member of the manufacturing team, this role must be familiar with injection molding technologies. In addition, this role must be able to partner with and problem solve with product designers when materials or design issues make the product difficult or impossible to produce without issues. Methodology and procedures require imaginative approaches across a broad spectrum of opportunities. The candidate will provide a strong base of knowledge and experience in injection molding technologies, implementation of known and unknown/untested technologies, and deployment of creative solutions. The candidate also must provide the top “in-house” level of expertise on technology manufacturability and process improvement for their areas of responsibility and expertise. The candidate is expected to provide support in the resolution of upset conditions in their area(s) of responsibility resulting in but not limited to the following: environmental/health/safety, downtime, scrap, reduced efficiencies, equipment issues and customer complaints. This position requires imaginative approaches, using the application of known technology to resolve a broader range of current and unforeseen problems. The position requires understanding the interactions between various processes and systems. This role will have to possess the ability to influence without control. The ideal candidate will possess strong tactical and strategic planning skills, as well as the ability to quickly develop root cause analyses and solutions for current conditions. This position requires that the candidate work effectively in a team environment.

This position requires process training experience and abilities to train the facility resources with the proper use of problem solving techniques, quality tools and process related variables in order to achieve productivity targets.



B.S. in Engineering (or equivalent experience) and approximately five years related experience; or advanced degree in appropriate technical discipline and approximately four years related experience.  With more years of experience, the advanced degree is a plus.

Familiarity with injection machinery, and plastics processing (multiple technologies). Background and familiarity in R&D, new product development processes. Excellent project management. Ability to partner with operations and maintenance teams in the plant as well as product/machine designers and customers external to the plant. Good computer skills and proficiency in MS Office, NFI, CAD software. Background in implementing continuous improvement projects in a manufacturing setting.

Work Schedule: 8 hour days, with occasional after hours work

Education/Training Requirements: See job description. May vary due to new technologies or requirements.

PPE: ANSI Z41 approved safety shoes, hearing and eye protection as appropriate for work area, gloves according to work task, and other PPE as assigned and required.

Tools and Equipment: Various writing utensils, radios, phone, computer, printers, fax machines, calculators, various computer software required for specific roles. Familiarity with inner workings of manufacturing equipment and upgrades.

Essential Job Functions:



Physical Demand Category: LOW as based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles 1991 Revised Edition

Physical Job Demands (per 8 hour work shift):

R = Rarely = Occasionally (1-33%) = Frequently (34-66%)

= Continuously (67-100%)

Sitting: On metal stool with footrest, or in cushioned chair with back support and armrests

while performing computer data entry and related work tasks

Standing: On level concrete surfaces

Walking: On level concrete surfaces

Lifting: rarely

One-Hand Lifting & Carrying:





Neck Flexion: Repeated or sustained up to 30 degrees while performing visual

Computer – related job tasks

Neck Extension:


Forward Bent Lifting:

Climbing: some steps and levels in building office areas

O-F Grasping: computer mouse, door handles, file cabinet drawer pulls


Finger Isolation: To operate machine controls, computer mouse or to perform data entry

Thumb Flexion: To operate radio or controls, computer mouse, or keyboarding

Index & Long Finger Flexion: To operate radio or controls, computer mouse, or



The ability to build strong relationships and connections to manufacturing.

The ability to create and implement new work processes, systems, help chains, implementation plans, and training/skill development within the structure of the current manufacturing and maintenance teams. The ability to work “out of the box” to create quick and simple solutions, based on ABS principles. The ability to reflect back on the entire project to derive lessons learned, and to incorporate those lessons learned into continuous improvements for further streamlining of the process, for future iterations.

Environmental Conditions: Climate controlled office facility with occasional or frequent exposure to manufacturing plant floor. Employees may work around moving parts and mobile equipment. Exposure to noise levels requiring hearing protection when in production area.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


IMPORTANT: All resumes must be submitted with a brief summary that outlines the key qualifications required for this position as per the job description. Please be sure to showcase all skills and experience relevant to each requirement for THIS particular job. This write-up will be forwarded to the client along with the resume. 

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