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Heat Treat Operator III

Ellwood Crankshaft Group (ECG) is the world's leading manufacturer of large, one-of-a-kind, multiple-throw crankshafts. ECG's products and services include crankshafts and eccentrics used in mechanical stamping presses, reciprocating air and gas compressors, reciprocating pumps, engines, mechanical shears, rock crushers, homogenizers and other miscellaneous applications. ECG services the locomotive, shipping, mechanical press, oil and gas and compression markets.
Today, ECG has eight facilities in four different states. We are currently seeking a full-time Heat Treat Operator III position in Sharon, PA. to run our unique heat treat work center featuring car bottom-style furnaces, quench tanks and automated material handling. This non-exempt position will focus on coordinating all heat treatment activity for production including programming of heat treat cycles and physical setup of product for heat treat. This individual is required to have a strong understanding of ECG's unique heat treat processes and, excellent analytical and organizational skills in order to lead timely execution of production requirements. Duties and responsibilities of this position are dynamic and may change over time due to business needs and the candidate may be required to work rotating shifts, 12-hour schedules and overtime as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
High School diploma or equivalent
Valid Driver's License
Knowledge and experience with forging or heat treat equipment or machine tools (lathe, mill, and other CNC machines) preferred
Strong analytical skills and demonstrated problem-solving abilities
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize between development projects and daily responsibilities
Must be results oriented with a strong desire to succeed
Solid verbal and written communication skills, strong math skills
Must have the ability to successfully transfer knowledge and train others in best practices
Thorough understanding of our manufacturing processes
Understanding and ability to layout and stage parts as required
Desire for continuous improvement ? ability to find better ways of doing things
Ability to work well with a team while also working independently
Preferred: Familiarity with industrial furnace specifications, including surveys, calibrations, and accuracy testing per AMS 2750.
Preferred: Experience working with refractory materials and furnace rebuilding.
RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
Operation of entire heat treat cell and the individual pieces of equipment within it viz. furnaces, fork transfer system (FTS), automated guide vehicles (AGV's), quench tanks and overhead cranes.
Daily coordination of activities including planning for furnace loads (production as well as development) based on the production schedule
Coordinate regular collection of production metrics and reporting of the same to track performance vs. organizational targets for due date performance, uptime, set-up time, etc.
Monitor heat treat equipment during production runs, taking measurements where required, and submit completed run sheets
Provide input during engineering reviews, development and testing of new products and processes, including furnace layouts and material handling devices
Work closely with the product development engineers during all phases of the project, from trials through production hand-off
Troubleshoot equipment issues through collaboration with ECG maintenance, engineering and forging crew personnel
Collaborate with ECG Maintenance to develop and sustain preventive maintenance plans and best-practices
Coordinate periodic (daily/weekly/monthly) preventive maintenance on heat treat equipment.
Ensure quality control and continuous improvement by troubleshooting quality issues, developing and maintaining in-process quality inspections, and focusing on continuous improvement by identifying, eliminating and preventing obstacles to efficient product flow, quality, and efficiency
Develop, maintain and standardize clear work instructions for all production positions in the operation identifying necessary information for current/next job
Provide feedback to engineers to optimize process sequences and setup information contained in blueprints
Setup and run temperature uniformity surveys per AMS 2750
Coordinate and assist with system accuracy tests (SAT's), including data analysis.
Serve as backup resource (setup and operation) for forge heating furnaces.
Review new product inquiries with Engineering to aid in developing routes and estimates
Set up the new work center(s) to optimize organization and accountability for work area tooling, material handling and supplies. Identify appropriate visual manufacturing aids (communication boards, etc.)
Develop training procedures to be used to help train new operators in all aspects of systems operation and maintenance
Perform training, document training records and provide verbal and written feedback
Establish best method practices and document as standardized work instructions
Observes all safety rules and regulations and pro-actively leads safety improvements
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position will require occasional lifting of up to 40 pounds and frequent lifting of up to 30 pounds. This position will also require frequent sitting, standing, reaching and climbing. It will also include occasional walking, climbing, crawling and squatting. The physical demands for this job are Light-Medium.



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