Forging- Operator (Presses)
West Bend, Wisconsin
The Operator A supports production by setting up, adjusting, and troubleshooting presses along with heating, sawing, and trimming equipment to forge a variety of parts. This position is responsible for training other operators as necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Set-up, adjust, troubleshoot, and maintain all production equipment in the forging department
- Training of other set-up personnel and on-the-job training for operators as needed
- Complete 1st piece inspection prior to release for production
- Identify and report potential risks (safety or production) to ensure proper operation and minimal interruptions to scheduling
- Organizing and maintaining the order and cleanliness of equipment, storage areas and the Forge Shop as a whole
- Other duties and projects as determined by production and business needs
- Work from blueprints and tooling layouts to set-up (assemble, align and adjust) die sets involving multiple components. Adjust strokes and clearances, clean-up dies and make periodical adjustments to ensure compliance with specifications.
- Inspect and maintain all tooling. Determine when tooling needs to be re-conditioned or replaced. Ensure there are sufficient dies to support production, including spare sets.
- Jog press to check clearances. Maintain temperature of dies prior to and during all operational periods. Preheat dies as prescribed.
- Set up cutting saws. Make sure the correct grade and diameter of steel is being used, and that the saws are cutting to the correct length. Maintain and replace saw blades as needed.
- Use induction heating unit to obtain heated pieces for forging. May be manual load or automated feed. Check induction heating unit during operation sequence for proper heat and operation.
- Close attentiveness to details concerning material conditions, lubrication of dies and personal safety must be maintained during short forging cycle.
- Frequently check forged parts for form, finish, dimensional accuracy and forging defects.
- Check that all cutting fluids, coolants and lubricants are at the proper level at the start of every shift.
- Disposition all unused raw materials at the end of each shift and make sure they are stored in the appropriate place.
Education, Skills, and Experience:
- Experience in forging operations (Presses, Hammers, or up-setters)
- Experience in forge presses preferred
- Four (4) years of previous experience, and/or equivalent training and experience required
- Must be capable of performing all operations in the area of responsibility
- Leadership quality communication, interpersonal, and mentoring skills required
- Fork truck certification and overhead crane
- Established ability to identify and communicate issues and offer proposed solutions
- Excellent attention to detail is required
- Ability to manage interruptions in a professional and respectful manner is essential
- Above basic math skills and reasoning ability