Jobs Openings Plastics Industry

Project Engineer

Blue Ridge Industries, Inc. (BRI) is a custom injection molder and contract manufacturer for many different customers. Injection molding plastic parts is the main business, but BRI also designs, prototypes, paints, decorates, and assembles products.
Project Engineering at BRI requires a range of technical skills and flexibility to respond to a variety of challenges. The primary responsibility is to work with customers and their designs, so injection mold tooling can be built to manufacture the product at BRI. This work may include improvements and modifications to parts already in production. Project Engineering supports manufacturing activities with designs, documentation, hands-on training, and troubleshooting.

Duties:

  • Quoting – Estimate costs of tooling, molded parts, and manufacturing processes.
  • Design – Develop efficient part, fixture, and tool designs.
  • Specification – Create documentation to clearly define part and tooling requirements.
  • Management – Work with domestic and offshore suppliers to get parts, tools, and equipment built to specification, delivered on schedule, and priced economically.
  • Communication – Help customers refine their product for manufacturing and keep them informed about the project status. Collect and deliver information to all levels of personnel.
  • Production – Design, document, and evaluate manufacturing processes.
  • Prototyping – Operate and maintain 3D printing equipment.
  • Processes – Develop and refine business processes utilizing ERP and PDM systems.

Criteria:

  • Education – Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Experience – Five or more years in a plastics manufacturing environment (preferably injection molding). Knowledge of plastic assembly processes, packaging, automated painting, and robotics a plus.
  • Management – Experience directly or indirectly managing personnel on projects is a plus.
  • CAD – Experienced SolidWorks user preferred. PDM, SolidWorks Plastics, and FEA knowledge a plus.
  • Troubleshooting – Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Project Management – Understanding of Gantt charts and managing multiple activities.
  • Communication – Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively via phone, e-mail, and face-to-face.
  • Quality – Commitment to meet or exceed quality and ISO standards.
  • ERP – Experience using and implementing ERP systems.
  • Self-Starter – Reacts positively to challenges, but also proactively seeks to prevent future problems.
  • Computer Skills – Competent with MS Office applications. Knowledge of database, project management, and labeling programs a plus.

Apply:

  • This position is for normal business weekday work hours, but occasional extra time and travel will be required.
  • Pay based on experience and training.

Molding Production Technician

BRI is seeking a skilled technician to identify and repair injection molding problems. The technician is responsible for identifying and troubleshooting nonconforming material resulting from molding malfunctions. The technician keeps all molds and machines in good working order to ensure the minimum amount of nonconforming material during normal operation assignments.  

Duties:

  • 2nd Shift molding production (3:00PM to 11:00PM) reporting to Molding Shift Supervisor. Must be able to work periodic weekends and function as shift supervisor on some occasions.  
  • Troubleshoot and fix injection molding problems.
  • Pull and hang injection molds.
  • Set-up molding machines for production, which includes chutes, conveyors, and supporting equipment to produce the specified parts.
  • Conduct job set-up verification via first piece inspection.
  • Document injection mold set-up and status.
  • Fill out maintenance work orders when needed.
  • Ensure the safe operation of material handling equipment and the proper connection of cooling water lines and related auxiliary equipment. 

Criteria:

  • Experience: 3-5 years work as injection molding technician in a production environment. Must have good working knowledge of the operations and maintenance of machinery and electrical controls; be familiar with and capable of preparing the injection molding machines and related auxiliary equipment for operation; skilled in hanging injection molds. Must have strong troubleshooting skills. Our current machine environment includes Engel, Cincinnati, and Sumitomo presses. Experience with Star, Engel, and Sepro 3-axis robots, Kistler pressure transducers, and Avalon vision systems will be beneficial.
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED or equivalent.
  • Training: Preference given to those with formal training, such as RJG and Paulson.
  • Language Skills: At a minimum, must be able to read and write English, and perform basic math skills to handle job duties.
  • Environmental Conditions: Individual is frequently exposed to wet, hot, cold, and/or humid conditions and must be able to adapt accordingly. Must adhere to safety regulations and follow safety procedures at all times.
  • Equipment Usage: Must be able to set-up process for and run injection molding machines and auxiliary equipment.
  • Physical Activity: Must be able to walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, and use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
  • Vision: Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • This position is for second shift work and must be able to work periodic weekends.
  • Pay based on experience and training.

Paint Line Technician

Paint Line Technician

BRI is seeking a skilled technician to operate and maintain the automated paint line. The technician needs experience with painting and robotics, and must be detail oriented with a good mechanical aptitude.
The BRI paint line produces a range of high quality parts with exacting color-match standards and specific finishing details. The line often runs 24/7 to meet volume production requirements.

Duties:

  • Paint Line Production
  • Program and adjust robots – Experience with FANUC Robotics preferred.
  • Must ensure all processing, health, safety, and environmental rules are followed.
  • Inspect and clean all equipment.

Criteria:

  • Paint Line Experience:
  • Multi-layer and multi-texture painting.
    • Two-part paint and single step water base.
    • Ability to diagnose, adjust, and repair paint line issues, including atomization, fan, nozzle, regulators, paint guns, and Cyclomix.
    • Fixtures and masks.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Robotics Technician:
    • Understand system codes and errors.
    • Adjust fluid flows, line speeds, temperatures, and pressures.
  • Color matching experience.
  • Process control and management.
  • Good housekeeping skills.
  • Should be available for first, second, and third shift work.
  • Pay based on experience and training.