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Forge 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 Forge Operator III position in Sharon, PA. to run our unique multi-directional forging press work-center. This non-exempt position will focus on coordinating all press activity for production, including operation of ECG's state-of-the-art multi-directional forging press. The Forge Operator III is required to have a strong understanding of ECG's unique forging processes and, excellent analytical and organizational skills in order to coordinate 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 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
RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
Daily coordination of activities including planning for runs (production as well as development) based on the forge 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.
Coordinate with the furnace/crane operator to ensure safe and repeatable transfer of bar material from the furnace to the press with crane automation within the minimum amount of time per product-specific transfer requirements.
Provide input during engineering reviews, development and testing of new products and processes, including furnaces, tooling, and material handling devices
Work closely with the product development engineer 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
Coordinate periodic (daily/weekly/monthly) preventive maintenance on forging equipment.
Collaborate with ECG Maintenance to develop and sustain preventive maintenance plans and best-practices
Ensure forge 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
Ensure safe and efficient die assembly into the press using ECG's customized die rigging with crane automation
Develop, maintain and standardize clear work instructions for all production positions in the operation identifying necessary information and hardware for current/next job
Provide feedback to engineers to optimize forging process sequences and setup information contained in blueprints
Develop/Improve and validate new product recipes, including those for heating
Assist in or coordinate furnace setup, tool housing assembly, die changes, in-process inspection and flash removal as well as other forging support activities. Must be able to demonstrate and maintain competency in these job functions.
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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