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  • Sr Injection Molding Engineer - Lafayette, IN

    Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.
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    Sr Injection Molding Engineer: Automotive Plastics

    Senior Injection Molding Engineer Snapshot: SIA's molding engineer position is part of our stamping group as our molded bumpers are fitted to products manufactured in our stamping presses. As the lead molding engineer, you will be in an extremely visible role involving interaction with many downstream department leaders and manufacturing executives.

    At SIA, we have 4 injection molding presses that are 3000-4000 ton. There are 20 mold techs over 3 shifts. You will receive training on Yaskawa robotics in regard to language tuning, troubleshooting, and overall ability to change processing parameters – speeds, timers, etc. You would not need to program or go deeply into the ladder logic. 

    As a key engineering figure in our plant, you will travel to Japan 2-3 times a year for 10-14 days at a time during major model changes and some minor model changes. 6-day work weeks are very regular – we pay OT to our salaried associates. Molds are typically received in May. From May-Jan, it is very likely that all Saturdays are worked for 4-8 hours (compensated with OT). There is typically a 4-month ‘lull’ from Jan-April in which associates in this section have more time off on weekends.

    40% of your time will be spent with model development activity. This includes coordinating with the paint department and having bumpers sent to them. The bumper would then come back to your section after being painted, and our internal quality group would take bumpers for measurements coinciding with the vehicle bodies.  In light of non-conformity issues, your stamping and molding group would take counter measurements which includes identifying which production or engineering groups to pull into the improvement project. Examples: mismatch in surface, wide gaps in headlamp area, grill or toe hook perimeter mismatch. In your root cause analyses, you would identify if there is a body or bumper issue, etc. In rare instances, the root of the problem is the mold itself in which it is sent off for repair (an uncommon, last resort action).

    20% of your time will be production support, interaction with internal quality (internal process control) and dealing with equipment issues (pellet feeders / hoppers, etc.).

    40% of your job will involve daily duties related to administrative tasks, planning projects, and kaizen groups.


    The Injection Molding Engineer supports and/or leads the following activities: 

    • Supports production, T&D and service parts processes to eliminate safety concerns.
    • Improves quality and addresses productivity issues.
    • Coordinates and manage mold repair activities with T&D venders.
    • Leads and supports facility and capex projects.
    • Facilitates model change activities. Travel to Japan for bumper development. Supports bumper, mold, RAB development activities at SIA which requires frequent weekend work (most Saturdays, some Sundays).
    • Attends off-hour weekly tele-conferences with Japan-based parent company, SBR.
    • Coordinates ECS mold changes with vendors which can involve some domestic travel.
    • Prepares presentations for upper management and executives.
    • Manages projects, budgets, schedules, punch lists, etc.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree OR 5+ years of experience in heavy tonnage plastic injection molding facilities
    • Highly proficient with injection molding processing, trial runs, creating samples, etc.
    • CAD and Excel proficiency

    Join a team where our associates are the most important part of our company.  We take an active interest in our associates’ wellbeing and great pride in offering one of the best benefits packages in the community. We offer premium free medical, dental, and vision insurance. Yes, you read that correctly – premium free! Our 401(k) retirement plan includes a generous employer match, in addition to an annual discretionary contribution paid by SIA. 

    We’ll make life easier with our on-site health and wellness center, an on-site recreation center (with free personal trainers), and our on-site daycare for the little ones. 

    We know how important time away from work is as well, which is why our time off program includes a two week summer shut down in addition to the week between Christmas and New Years off, allowing you to get the R&R you deserve when you need it most. 

    Last, but not least, we are proud to offer tuition reimbursement and professional development programs to our associates, including access to on-site programs through Purdue Polytechnic College, Ivy Tech, and Vincennes University.