• Cold Draw Cooling Technician

    Posted: 11/07/2021

    Cold Draw Cooling Technician

    Engages in the fabrication, machining, and construction of components, parts, dies, and mandrels used in the manufacturing of carbon steel tubing.  Will utilize hand tools, mechanical and other metal forming equipment, including but not limited to, Turret and Engine Lathes, CNC grinder, polisher, and stationary grinder.
    EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES: A typical day consists of the following tasks.

    • Upon arrival to work, checks in with current shift on duty to receive vital exchange of information from Technicians who are preparing to leave work.
    • Performs daily safety and operational checks on equipment; including checking oil levels, grinding wheels integrity, belt tightness, polishing compound, and sand paper availability.
    • According to specifications and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) fabricates, machines, and constructs components, parts, dies, mandrels, and other tooling for use within the production facility.  Performance of duties requires the Technician to perform highly accurate work in order to maintain extremely close tolerances on tooling.  Items produced may have unusual or non-standard shapes.
    • Throughout 12 hour work shift, Technician operates sophisticated equipment, instrumentation and precision measuring tools such as the laser micrometer.
    • Applies complex mathematical formulas and standard tool engineering data to develop tool configuration.
    • Twice per 12 hour work shift, Technician collect the following items from three different production processing machines (Draw benches):
      • Up to four sets of grippers weighing 9lbs each or 18lbs per set;
      • Up to 4" dies weighing 9 lbs each;
      • Up to 6" dies weighing 10lbs each;
      • Up to 8" dies weighing 40lbs each, and
      • Mandrels weighing anywhere from .5lbs to 22lbs depending on the size.
    Technician will load items onto a four wheel roll cart and push the cart from the processing machines to the Machine Shop to perform required work on them.
    • Wearing gloves and using a degreaser and wire scrub brush, technician will clean all grippers, dies, and mandrels in a Crystal Clean industrial parts washer.  This motion can consist of twisting, turning, pushing and lifting of hands and arms.
    • After cleaning, Technician will use a micrometer (measuring instrument) to check tooling for worn down areas.  When mandrels and adaptors (attachment to mandrel) become worn, technician must machine in a stationary manual grinder to repair them.
    • Throughout 12 hour shift, Technician is required to be proficient in the use of a variety of measuring instruments, including Micrometers, Venier Calipers, and Tape Measures in order to take dimensional measurements such as Outside Diameter (OD), Inside Diameter (ID), wall thickness.
    • Technician is primarily responsible for producing quality tooling for Cold Draw machinery in a safe and timely manner.  May produce tooling for other areas of manufacturing facility or for special jobs.
    • Responsible for maintaining accurate inventory of dies, mandrels, grippers and other tooling.  This includes performing numerical counts and documentation of results.
    • Using a laser micrometer, performs final inspections on tooling produced to verify tolerances are in compliance with specifications and production requirements.
    • During assigned work shift, applies skills and knowledge in machining operations, mathematics and blue print reading to assigned tasks.
    • Technician will utilize a manual stationary polisher to hold the ID and OD tolerance of tooling and to improve and maintain surface finish on tooling.
    • Technician utilizes a turret Lathe and Engine Lathe to manufacture shanks and adapters.
    • Technician will develop parameters and specifications and then program Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery, tools, and equipment, as well as operate CNC  machinery and grinders from dimensional drawings supplied by the Production Planning Department in order to produce dies, mandrels, and other tooling for Cold Drawn tubing operation.
    • Performs multiple tasks, within a fast paced team work environment, in order to provide tooling required in the production of carbon steel tubing manufacturing to close tolerances on Weld Mills and Cold Drawing equipment.
    • Technician is required to use their skills and knowledge to work and solve problems independently.
    • Utilizes computer skills to work with CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology and CNC machining tools.
    • Regularly communicates with Production workers, as well as supervisors, to determine tooling needs and specifications or to evaluate and troubleshoot a problem.
    • Strives to meet production deadlines and/or emergencies in order to achieve company production goals.
    • Performs various duties to assist other Machine Shop personnel.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Requires full range of body motion to include: frequent lifting, bending, twisting, kneeling, pushing, pulling, stooping, squatting, reaching out, around and working overhead.
    • Position requires frequent walking and constant standing on concrete floor during a twelve hour shift while wearing steel toed shoes.  Cold Draw tooling Technician may walk up to two (2) miles per twelve hour shift while performing essential duties.  Work stations are equipped with anti-fatigue mats.
    • The ability to maintain one’s balance while performing the required work tasks is essential.
    • Requires concentration, patients, and physical effort when operating machinery and equipment. 
    • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
    • Requires frequent unassisted lifting of a variety of objects from various positions, which range in weight from 5 to 50 pounds with an average weight of 34-37 pounds.
    • Cold Draw tooling Technician utilizes a variety of hand positions such as turning, twisting and pounding, to use hand tools and manipulate equipment controls.  Some tools used by the Cold Draw Tooling Technician file, vibrate, cut, grind, polish, and sand.
    • The job is fast paced and the ability to deal with stress is essential.
    • Requires ability to push 4 wheel roll cart weighing approximately 50lbs (when empty) from Machine Shop throughout manufacturing facility.  Once roll cart is loaded, must add weight of tooling to achieve total weight the Technician is required to push from manufacturing areas to Machine Shop.
    TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:  Technicians work 12 hour work shifts in an indoor, manufacturing environment.  Cold Draw tooling Technicians primarily perform their work in the Machine Shop area.  The actual Machine shop area is enclosed within the manufacturing facility and is temperature controlled.  While in the Machine shop Area, Technicians are also exposed to dust, lubricants and chemicals used in the cleaning and machining operations.  Within the Machine Shop area there is a constant noise of machining equipment fabricating tooling, parts, dies, and mandrels.  Technicians are required to perform work in the manufacturing facility.  While performing their required duties within the manufacturing area, the Technician will experience regular exposure to loud and prolonged noise.  Noise exposure is constant, which includes the noise of machinery and overhead cranes.  Noise exposure also includes frequent and extremely loud clanging sounds caused from metal tubing banging against each other during processing.  Additionally, Technicians will experience regular exposure to hot temperatures of 95° F to 110° F in the summer due to the combination of the actual outside temperature and heat from the processes inside the manufacturing facility.  Technicians are also exposed to cold temperatures, which is dependent on the actual outside temperature.  Employees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include noise/hearing protection, safety glasses with the side shields and steel toed work shoes, many also wear safety hoods and shields.  Technicians will use gloves appropriate to the task and/or chemical used.
    SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports directly to Finish Floor GBM
    • Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Ability to deal with stress and get along with co-workers and supervisors.  Ability to read and speak English is preferred.  Mathematical skills equivalent to high school level including the ability to do decimals, fractions and averages required.  Knowledge of and skilled in a variety of machining operations, including programming and operation of CNC equipment, mathematics and blue print reading.  Must be able to communicate, both in written and verbal form, effectively with supervisors and co-workers.  Regular attendance at work and punctuality are essential job functions.
    • Education: High School education or equivalent is required, supplemented with technical college, vocational training, or coursework in machining or tool and die making.
    • Experience: Previous experience as a machinist or tool and die maker in a small repair machining shop that repairs or makes new parts for existing production equipment.  Ability to program and operate CNC equipment and accurately read blueprints, micrometers, venier calipers, dial indicators and other types of measuring tools.
    • Equipment: After training, must be able to operate a variety of equipment and hand tools safely and efficiently. Ability to program and operate CNC machines, tools and equipment.
    HOURS: Shifts consist of twelve hours, various days of the week and either day shift (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or night shift (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.). 

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