R&D Plastic Process Development Engineer

Requisition ID 2024-14065
Posting Date 2 months ago(2/22/2024 4:08 PM)
Job Location(s)
Bloomington IN United States
Position Type
Full Time
Cook Polymer Technology


We are seeking a skilled and innovative Plastics Process Development Engineer to join our dynamic team. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, optimizing, and troubleshooting plastic manufacturing processes. This role involves working closely with cross-functional teams to ensure the successful implementation of new products and improvements to existing processes. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in plastics engineering, a keen eye for detail, and a passion for driving continuous improvement and highly capable processes.


  1. **Process Development:**

   - Lead the development and optimization of plastic manufacturing processes, including injection molding, extrusion, and other relevant processes.

   - Collaborate with R&D teams to translate product requirements into scalable and efficient manufacturing processes.

  1. **Tooling Design and Optimization:**

   - Collaborate in the design and optimization of tooling and molds to enhance process efficiency and product quality.

   - Work closely with tooling vendors to ensure the timely and cost-effective production of high-quality molds.

  1. **Troubleshooting:**

   - Identify and address issues related to process variability, quality defects, and equipment malfunctions.  Use a scientific approach to molding and extrusion process development.

   - Implement corrective actions and preventative measures to ensure continuous improvement.

  1. **Material Selection and Testing:**

   - Collaborate with material scientists and suppliers to select appropriate polymers and additives.

   - Conduct material testing and analysis to ensure compliance with specifications and quality standards.

  1. **Documentation:**

   - Maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation of process development activities, including process parameters, specifications, and test results.

   - Generate and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) for manufacturing processes.

  1. **Collaboration:**

   - Work closely with cross-functional teams, including R&D, design, and production, to ensure seamless integration of processes.

   - Collaborate with suppliers and external partners to drive innovation and stay current with industry trends.


  1. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field.
  2. Proven experience (2-5 years) in plastics process development, with expertise in injection molding, extrusion or other relevant processes.
  3. Strong knowledge of plastic materials, additives, and processing parameters.
  4. Excellent problem-solving skills and a proactive approach to troubleshooting.
  5. Familiarity with quality management systems and industry standards.
  6. Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.


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