Palo Alto, California-based, Tesla Motors uses proprietary technology, world-class design, and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to create a new generation of highway capable electric vehicles. We utilize an innovative distribution model based on Company-owned sales and service centers. This approach allows us to maintain the highest levels of customer experience and benefit from short customer feedback loops to ensure our customer needs are fulfilled. We believe our operational infrastructure provides us with a competitive advantage compared to traditional automobile manufacturers.
Plastic Molding Job Responsibilities
Provides engineering support and supervises all aspects of a shift related to production, quality, process maintenance, process improvement and maintenance.
Performs trouble shooting of molding processes and secondary operations (robotics, automation, trimming, packaging, palletizing) and equipment.
Assists supervisors, and technicians in repairing and updating production equipment and making recommendations for improvement of processes.
Utilizes sound processing and molding knowledge in setting and maintaining process operating parameters of molds, robots and related support equipment. Assures adherence to manufacturing requirements.
Directs supervisors and molding technicians in setting and maintaining optimum molding parameters to achieve production volume goals at the highest quality level with the lowest cost.
Directly supervise production personnel in a shift and manage the shift, following standardized work schedules - leading tier meetings, tracking hourly production data, correcting and maintaining production based on data, loading mold data, maintaining robots, programming robots, etc.
Possesses ability to program or trouble shoot robots (different makes), maintain mold data, check and repair automation equipment, etc.
Should be well versed in practical engineering disciplines of pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical engineering. These principles will be used on a daily basis for processing and troubleshooting.
Coordinates with other engineers and manufacturing process technologies (R&D) to improve existing parts and generate support data to recommend changes.
Evaluates new materials, runs DOEs on sample materials, tracks and records data related to samples, etc.
Works in fast paced operational environment with constant interaction with operators, technicians and equipment.
Assists in training and evaluating departmental personnel.
Plans, designs, coordinates and manages to completion capital and continuous improvement projects to meet quality, productivity and cost objectives consistent with departmental goals.
Typical projects would include process automation, resin cost reductions, virgin to scrap ratio modulations, replacement tooling, etc.
Maintain, train and handle daily activities related to 5S, CI activities, etc.
Tracks, charts and makes corrections based on data related to productivity, quality, safety, cost, etc.
Assists in mold changes, setting up of mold fixtures, moving equipment, etc.
Utilizes sound knowledge of PVC, resins and molding to improve processing features and to make the operations more efficient.
Involved in ISO related activities, safety audits, HOS activities, Kaizen events, etc.
Hands on experience in the tooling part of plastic injection molding, taking apart and adjusting molds on a daily basis is required.
Working knowledge of design/development of manufacturing systems with emphasis on new molds and molding processes.
Create or understand mold flow analysis and be able to provide technical manufacturing support to other functional areas as needed.
Utilize project management skills to successfully plan, manage, and implement installations or modifications of new equipment and/or machinery to support the injection molding processes. Will be coordinating projects from inception through start-up and hand over to production and/or maintenance.
Plastic Molding Job Requirements
Engineering degree a plus, but four year degree required.
Qualified candidates will have 3 – 5 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Leadership Style: Self-starter must be able to work with little direction and with high level of self-motivation. Must be able to work on own initiative and work well in a group.
Strong knowledge of plastic injection molding part design and tooling.
Well-organized project management skills, program management background a plus.
Proficiency in and the ability to model and implement the following concepts: empowerment and teamwork; TPS leadership philosophy and human resources practices; kaizen; standardized work; PDCA and problem solving; 5S; quality improvement tools; JIT production tools including: Value Stream Mapping, lead-time reduction, set-up time reduction, process flow improvement.
Strong verbal and written communication skills a must.
Advanced PC skills with standard MS Office software.
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