The Plasman Group
  • 05-Nov-2017 to 04-Feb-2018 (CST)
  • Thermotech
  • Hopkins, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Don't get stuck in neutral, rev up your career with Plasman Group. Do you have what it takes to impact major global auto manufacturers? For the Plasman Group and our 2800+ team members, it's all in a day's work. We operate 16 highly automated manufacturing sites and dedicated engineering and sales locations across North America.

When you join A.P. Plasman, a full-service division of Plasman Group, you are joining a team that influences the future of the class A automotive industry. We're a part of the whole process from design to finishing, but it's more than that. It's about the passion we bring to each project, leading to comprehensive solutions. It's about making a contribution to the component, and being a part of something bigger. It's about people leading innovation.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of your career? By joining A.P. Plasman, you'll be part of a team that has a hand in nearly every vehicle made by today's major car companies. They know our teams deliver because striving for excellence isn't just what we do; it's who we are.


We are presently looking for a new member to join our Hopkins MN team as:


Setup Tech Lead



This position Directly reports to:                                     Technical Supervisor

This Position Indirectly (Dotted Line) reports to:             Shift Supervisor

Employees Reporting to the Technical Lead:                 Cell Leads, Resin Techs



Staff members reporting to the Tech Lead:                                   

Resin Techs

Cell Leads  

Remaining Technical Staff



  • Will be responsible for each Cell Leads daily activities and that the activities assigned in each cell are in alignment with the production plan priorities.
  • As the Tech Lead you will be responsible to move Technical Staff between cells to ensure the production plan is met.
  • Will answer to all escalated trouble shooting issues across the plant as they progress from the Setup Tech to Cell Lead and then Technical Lead.
  • The Technical Lead will be required to attend all A-Teams across the plant.
    • A-team is an event that occurs when a problem is discovered on the production floor and requires immediate action to resolve as it pertains to product currently being produced. You will determine if the production issue pertains to Processing and/or Tooling and work through the 6-D process to aid the owners of the corrective actions that will resolve and prevent the issue from reoccurring. This will include but not be limited to making decisions whether to run or shutdown a press. The inspection group, shift supervisor along with the Technical Lead will attend the A-team out at the press.
  • All decisions to run or shut down presses need to be communicated through the Technical Shift Lead
  • The Technical Lead will be responsible for maintaining a shift log of all activities each Technical Staff member was assigned and completed during the shift.
  • The Technical Lead will perform Startups and answer Trouble shooting. They will float throughout the plant acting in this role.
  • The Technical Lead will aid the Cell Leads to verify and signoff on all Setups and Startups after they are completed. Cell Lead signs off that a setup is complete and fills out Startup paperwork, then the Tech Lead will be responsible for reviewing the setup and startup paperwork has been completed and corresponding work has been completed to a satisfactory level.
  • Instruct employees in job operations and procedures; by use of the Job Task Awareness (JTA's) and Computer based training as they pertain to the Setup B / Setup A and Process Tech roles.
  • Will oversee the production floor Resin Techs are successful in maintaining the properly flow of raw materials to presses to keep production scheduled presses running.
  • Will assist in gathering information as required per the DMI process for any material issue that is exposed during the production run. This will be done throughout the plant and you will aid in putting into place corrective actions that reduce material issues out on the floor.
  • Will aid in ensuring all process verifications are completed across the plant.
    • Process verifications are performed on each press that is running to verify it is centered within the processing window established.
  • Will aid in ensuring all corrective actions for customer complaints are being upheld on the production floor.
  • Utilize the certified shift training personnel to assist with scheduled training activities.
  • Perform related administrative and clerical functions for the department or work group as assigned by the shift supervisor or department manager.   Includes, but is not limited to, updating the daily planning sheet, updating the Job Specific Training (JST) training database; and auditing the work of the operators and or set-up personnel to ensure compliance with training certification, standard operating procedures and quality procedures.
  • Assume responsibility for the department or work group in the absence of the supervisor; except in the areas of hiring, firing, progressive corrective action, and wage adjustments.
  • In the absence of the supervisor, may recommend to the most immediate supervisor or department manager, progressive corrective action of an employee if required.
  • Assist with the implementation of manufacturing process corrective actions and continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Must possess a secondary school diploma or equivalent with preference given to those that have related post-secondary training.


  • Minimum of four years' experience as a Process Tech or Set Up Tech in an injection molding facility.
  • Must possess an excellent working knowledge of process.


  • Good communication skills and the ability to work effectively with other people
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work all three shifts, must be able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to perform well in high pressure situations
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