Process Development Engineer
Oakland-Fremont-Pleasanton Metro Area, CA
The Process Development Engineer (PDE) is a "hands-on" position that plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing processes and equipment to produce high quality injection molded products. The PDE is responsible for coordinating the molding efforts on new program launches, setting up and/or revising manufacturing processes, and assisting Operations with continuous improvements. While monitoring process effectiveness, this individual quantifies results, documents and presents findings to management, and prepares reports. This position also mentors and provides training to other injection molding personnel.
Based on industry best practices, systematically develop new injection molding processes, asses and document new and existing processes.
Provide technical leadership and mentorship to process technicians, operators and other molding personnel.
Asses and recommend tooling 8: parts design criteria along with press specification/selection (i.e., DFM reviews)
Oversee T0/T1 process develop efforts of toolmakers. Collaborate in the review and authorization tool shipments to the company for production qualification. May require international travel to China.
Demonstrated ability to start-up, operate and shut down process related equipment on the manufacturing floor (i.e., presses, material dryers, color mixers, EOAT, conveyors, etc.)
Must be able to work independently on new process development as well as troubleshooting current production issues.
Provide technical support/ solutions to manufacturing processes, improve yield and throughput, drive cost reduction activities and improve on part quality.
Work with equipment and material vendors to resolve machine and material
Interact with customers to resolve issues and provide new project updates.
Identifies differences between established standards and user applications and suggests modifications to conform to standards
Monitors program performance after implementation to prevent recurrence of program operation challenges and ensure efficiency of operations
Verifies identified controls are implemented within production and quality
Monitor, Design and facilitate process capability, reproducibility and
engineering change to products
Skills & Abilities:
Education: Bachelor's Degree in related field (four year college or university)
Master's degree strongly preferred
Experience: Two to five years experience.
Computer Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools; Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint
Knowledge of production/engineering of injection molded plastic, polymer
science, MoldFlow analysis, statistical process control techniques and
Knowledge of manufacturing statistics such as Cpk, Ppk, Cp, SPC, and GR8:R.
Experience with highly cosmetic, class "A" surfaces is desired.
RJG certification strongly desired.
Experience with large, sequentially valve-gated molds is desired
Hands on experience with processing such resins as Polycarbonate, ABS, Nylon, HDPE, PP, etc.