Lead Plastic Injection Molding Setup Technician

LOCATION:   3660 Dodd. Rd. Eagan, MN 55123

Job Description


Perform start-up throughout the plan as assigned. Capable of maintaining and changing cycles. Consistently strives for continual growth in processing knowledge and decision making skills. Maintains production expediencies and produces parts consistent with customer. Ensure adherence to defined quality standards and Pioneer Plastics’ documented processes


Frequent contact with persons inside and outside the company of substantially higher authority


Performs cold start-ups.

Assist other employees with production problems.

Ensure that all safety devices are properly in place when performing duties including lockout/tag out procedures.

Communicate with supervisor or tool room department regarding required mold issues.

Work with Quality Engineer regarding cycle changes to correct discrepant dimensions and visual defects.

Recommends mold or process changes which will improve productivity and/or quality.

Set-up injection molding machines to established process parameters and standards.

Set-up required auxiliary and peripheral equipment.

Set up and remove molds from machines.

Empty and clean hoppers and loaders.

Initiate machine and equipment repair and follow lock out/tag out procedures.

Layout work station and/or document process per established specifications.

Restart injection molding machines after a cycle interruption; purge and shutdown injection molding machines.

Change machine set points per documented instructions and procedures.

Alert Material Handler and Operator of requirements for production.

Follow line clearance requirements.

Manage or operate one or more plastic molding machines running manual, semi-automatic; or automatic cycle. When tending automatic cycle machines, multiple machine coverage will be required if time permits. As required remove and grind runners and sprues.

Operate central loading system and correct simple jams.

Using machines, jigs, fixtures, materials, gauges, or hand tools, perform a variety of operations on molded or purchased parts such as removing flash, runners, gates, buffing, burring, drilling, and tapping, filling, gluing, finishing, sanding, machining, gauging, and etc.

Visually inspect and sort all parts to a predetermined quality level for such flaws as short shots, burns, contaminates, visual and dimensional defects. Gauge parts using gauges and simple inspection devices. Performs operator inspections per control plan. Provide production parts to quality personnel for inspection purposes.

Assemble and/or finish parts by hand or using various jigs, fixtures, machines, sonic welder, heat staking machine, pad printer, etc.

Make-up shipping containers and prepare for shipping. Layer pack or weigh containers to ensure accurate part count per customer requirements. Move finished goods to staying area.

Properly complete all required paperwork and electronic data entry of information pertaining to assignments.

Accurately allocate daily attendance hours in Epicor.

Maintain work area in an orderly manner and to be free from debris, parts, runners and items not required to perform job, moving and stacking filled cartons, scrap totes, and unused auxiliary/peripheral equipment to storage area, clean and degrease machines and equipment as assigned. Empty trash & recycle bins when required.

Perform machine PM’s, participate in 5S practices and if certified.

Report all machine, equipment, production or processing problems to the supervisor or qualified personnel.

Maintain production expectancies and produces parts consistent with customer and internal requirements.

Actively assist in training others as assigned.

Provide backup for employee breaks

Perform other duties as assigned.



High school or GED or past experience in plastic injection molding a plus or related manufacturing industry experience

Related manufacturing experience to be sufficient by contacting previous employers and/or references. Job competency can be determined during the interview and can override minimum requirements.


Minimum of twelve months injection molding experience or related manufacturing industry experience. Must complete training on the job with experienced set up technician


Requires the ability to read, write and effectively communicate in English. Use of a variety of machines and equipment requiring some trade machine and peripheral equipment knowledge, set-up process per established specification and knowledge of individual machine characteristics. Requires the ability to perform equipment cleaning related to material handling as well as the ability to work with material handling equipment. Considerable degree and mental and/or visual attention required.


Moderate damage or loss is possible but exercise of ordinary care and attention will prevent loss. Required to maintain part quality and production standards.


Follow standard set-up procedures to achieve uniform results. Constant care and attention is required to prevent damage to molds, machines, gauges and secondary equipment and plastic parts. Maintain all company provided tools and tool boxes.


Ordinary care required; follow established safety guidelines and practices to ensure self and safety of others are not jeopardized through good housekeeping activities.

This is a great opportunity and work environment. Pioneer offers a competitive salary, full benefits including medical, dental, company-paid life insurance, Short Term Disability, tuition reimbursement and 401k. Pioneer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume. Only applicants of interest will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time


CONTACT:    Anita Hussain,

Human Resources Manager,

Pioneer Plastics, 3660 Dodd. Rd. Eagan, MN 55123



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