Injection molding technician positions are found in companies that deal with product packaging and similar items; this can include everything from companies that deal specifically with plastics to various manufacturers that need to accomplish related tasks in-house. The injection molding technician's duties include setting up molds and troubleshooting existing molds, which often requires specialized knowledge of specific tools and equipment. Troubleshooting tasks might include dealing with faulty equipment, human error, and preventing defects from occurring.
In addition to basic setup and ensuring equipment's functionality, many technician positions also require fine-tuning equipment and ensuring performance improvement goals are met. This can include duties such as carefully monitoring product weights, reducing the amount of scrap material, and lowering the time it takes to finish processes.
The injection molding technician's work is typically performed in a factory environment, and exact conditions depend on the specific position and company. Work is generally done in teams with other employees on the same level and direct supervision for large portions of the work. Physical requirements and hazards are limited by following safety protocols. Work hours vary, as most of these positions function on multiple shift schedules.
The requirements for injection mold technician positions vary, but a minimum of one to three years of experience is commonly required. Experience with various tools and equipment specific to this job is typically preferred, along with specific knowledge of systems such as ISO 9000 in some cases.
Injection Molding Technician Tasks
Ensure injection molding machines and connected automated systems are set to regulation parameters, quality standards, and meet all production goals.
Set-up machines, read blueprints, and measure product with calipers.
Design, form, clean, smooth, and position molds and cores.
Troubleshoot molding machines and equipment.