Primary job focus is the repair, modification, and redesign of all tooling, dies, and molds utilizing extensive machining and tooling skills, electronics, hydraulics, and metrological skills and a basic understanding of plastics. As with all TBDN Tennessee Company Associates, a Tool & Die Technician is responsible for supporting the company's mission statement and overall business objects by living the quality philosophy, following the environmental policy, and actively working to improve production results.
Performs all tasks in a manner which constantly meets or exceeds Standard Performance Levels.
Adheres to all TBDN Tennessee Company Policies, procedures and standards.
Actively participates/supports the companies 5S program.
Performs PM on molds and dies.
Makes any necessary repairs to the molds and dies.
Utilizes various shop equipment [CNC, EDM, Grinder, Lathe, etc.] to make parts and repair the molds and dies.
Inspects new molds to insure specifications are met.
Modifies and re-designs molds for improved quality and production efficiency.
Works with Engineering, Operations, Maintenance, and any other departments to effectively manage and complete tasks and projects.
Provides training, leadership and guidance to tool & die apprentices and set-up technicians.
Makes requests for any necessary parts, equipment and tools.
Maintains machine shop, equipment, tools and work area in a clean, organized and professional manner.
Maintains the proper documentation and record keeping.
Willingly performs any other duties that may be requested or assigned.
High school graduate or GED.
Successful completion of the TBDN Tennessee Company Tool & Die Apprenticeship Program or a minimum of a two-year technical degree plus satisfactory completion of in depth mold tests in all areas.
Impact of Errors-A single error or lack of ability to effectively deal with a crash or mold repair by a Tool & Die Technician could result in extensive downtime and/or equipment and mold damage. This could result in off quality product to customers, delay in shipments, extensive overtime, etc.
Customer/Supplier Relationships-Extensive contact with all levels of the organization including managers, supervisors, and engineers. Some level of interface with product and equipment vendors. Must be able to effectively communicate [both verbally and in writing] technical data and operational information.
Confidential Data-Minimal and infrequent interface with confidential data-occasional issues with new products or equipment.
Job Complexity-Tool & Die Technicians must have in-depth tooling skills as well as a high level of understanding of a large number of complex processes and procedures. The job requires frequent use of a high degree of trouble shooting skills, creative thinking, and experienced-based judgment. Generally working under time pressures to insure operation is not shut down for extensive periods of time.
Supervision Received/Independence of Work-Basically self-supervised with a high level of independent work-especially on off-shifts.
Physical/Mental/Visual Demands-Moderate physical effort is required including: bending, light to moderate lifting, climbing in, around and on top of equipment, and occasionally working in awkward positions-sometimes for extended periods. A high level of mental and visual attention must be sustained for extended periods. A high level of manual dexterity is required.
Working Conditions/Hazards-Overall plant environment is good with climate control, limited exposure to chemicals, fumes, loud noises, and inherently hazardous equipment. However, a Tool & Die Technician is moderately susceptible to extremity injuries, strains, and falls and has regular contact with moving high pressure equipment, industrial machine tools, welding equipment and various chemicals. There must be constant adherence to established safety procedures and continual evaluation of work surrounds of potential hazards.
*If not progressing through the Apprenticeship Program, a minimum of 4 years of experience in a directly related field such as a commercial or industrial fabrication/machine/metal shop, tool maker, or mold & die repair.
The Tool & Die Technician should be able to achieve standard performance levels in the following areas within eighteen months to two years:
Extensive machining skills including: welding, grinding, lathe & mill work, operation of EDM and CNC machines, etc.
In-depth knowledge of Tool & Die Design, Tool & Die Making, and Tool & Die repair.
Understanding of mold dynamics-heaters, thermocouples, water and air cooling systems, hydraulic cores, 'special' metals, and flash repair.
Basic understanding of the various properties of plastics used in production.
Working knowledge of Technical Math.
In-depth troubleshooting skills.
Reading & interpreting blue prints, equipment manuals, schematics and drawings.
Trained on crane and pallet jack operations.
Ability to communicate and document procedures and maintain records & logs.
Working knowledge of intricate measurement devices and procedures.
Able to follow all pertinent regulations, standards, and safety & environmental procedures.