R&D Toolmaker - Molder

Lodi, CA

Posted: 04/14/2020 Position Categories: Engineering

Job Description

The R&D Toolmaker-Molder position is a creative, multi-disciplined tool maker and molder able to design, build, repair, and modify high-quality injection mold tooling from complex parts and molds in a fast-paced, medical device R&D environment. The R&D Toolmaker-Molder innovates and contributes to novel mold designs & approaches in a hands-on role as part of the R&D Tooling & Molding group. This position will also be responsible for processing molds once built Therefore a background in thermoplastic injection molding is desired and real-world experience in medical device molding would be a great asset.


Essential Job Responsibilities:  

  • Provide support tool designs & participates in design for manufacturing (DFM).
  • Suggests part design, mold design, and/or process modifications to drive innovation & improvements.
  • Makes tools from start to finish (incl. outside purchase of bases, cavity sets, etc. as needed) via CNC machining, EDM, and other standard & non-standard techniques.
  • Manages tool assembly & disassembly.
  • Operates, cleans, and maintains all molds & tool making equipment.
  • Tests & suggests new tool making equipment.
  • Trains and guides assigned helpers as needed when repairing or maintaining Molds.
  • Drives kick-off meetings to improve knowledge of Mold design and mold build techniques.
  • Plans and schedules jobs to meet quoted hours and delivery dates
  • Prepares needed prints and instructions to coordinate helpers as needed.
  • Clearly communicates and explains the most efficient method of manufacture to others.
  • Completes paperwork or instructions for additional details to be performed for mold assembly.
  • Assesses completed jobs for improvements with necessary personnel for future efficiency
  • Additional duties and responsibilities driven by the R&D Tooling & Molding group leader.

Job Requirements

Education or Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent experience & some formal machine shop training with 2-4 years of related work experience OR
  • AA or Technical Trade degree with 1-2 years of related work experience
  • Hands-on experience, knowledge, and skills of plastic injection molds and mold making practices


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good time management skills, able to manage multiple projects in parallel
  • Computer skills, for inter-office email and job communication
  • CNC programming skills [MasterCAM preferred]
  • CAD software skills [SolidWorks preferred]
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Attention to detail and pride in your work
  • Work cooperatively with fellow employees in a team environment
  • Use geometry, trigonometry, shop mathematics and calculator proficiently
  • Ability to set up a mold and establish a stabile process.
  • Willingness to take direction & be a true utility player; a key contributor to the Cepheid team.


Preferred Requirements: 

  • A mechanical aptitude and an ability to work in a fast-paced changing environment.
  • The ability to accept failure, keep a positive attitude and not take yourself too seriously will make the job easier and more rewarding.
  • Ideal engineering/physicals background

Additional Information

For more than forty years, Richmar Associates has connected talented job seekers with Silicon Valley businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500. We specialize in the temporary and direct placement services business. Based in the Silicon Valley, Richmar offers staffing solutions that include temporary, temp-to-hire, payroll service, vendor management and direct placement services to clients in the High-Tech Industry.

Richmar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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