Abbott Senior Molding Process Technology Engineer in Lake Forest, Illinois

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Position Summary

Responsible for the molding activities to attain strategic engineering objectives for the Abbott Diagnostics Division. Ensures compliance with safety regulations, policies and procedures. Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. The Principle Molding Engineer is responsible for design, development, implementation and ongoing support of plastic molded commodities that support Abbott's diagnostic instruments. Serves as both a technical expert as well as a project manager for molding engineering. Works regularly with R&D, operations, supply chain, quality and suppliers. Manages molded commodities over life cycle including tactical and strategic activities to support ongoing projects such as product, process, quality and cost improvement initiatives, supplier and resin changes. Troubleshoots molding issues in conjunction with supplier and lead/support internal investigations as needed. Work closely with molding suppliers to ensure reliable supply of parts. Performs capacity analysis for molds, injection molding machines and makes recommendations for future investment. Responsible for ensuring adherence to quality system through creation and update of specifications. Managing measurement system analysis, design control and executing equipment validation, FMEA, Design of Experiments (DOEs). Identify critical dimensions and work with supplier to ensure proper process controls are in place. Must have proven ability to participate in team atmosphere, exhibit and create a sense of urgency and maintain effective working relationships with peers, customers and vendors.


  • Establish and scientifically develop a robust molding process window by applying Scientific/Decoupled Molding methodologies and utilizing design of experiment (DOE) tools and software.

  • Full understanding and development of the relationship between key process input variables (KPIVs) and key process output variables (KPOVs) for plastics components throughout the value stream

  • Specify all molding cell equipment from EoAT, automation, vision systems, etc.

  • Drive Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at equipment manufacturers for acceptance per ADD URS and mold build standards

  • Lead molding and automation projects from initiation to close-out. Prepare full project plan; charter, timeline, stakeholder map, budget, risk register, etc.

  • Read, challenge, develop and maintain a working knowledge of Quality Procedures and Work Instructions

  • Provides technical process support to other engineers within the group and mentor and develop junior associates

  • Lead new mold testing and sampling, DOEs, material sampling, engineering changes, etc.


Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering or technical discipline such as Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, industrial Engineering, etc. 7+ years of technical work experience in the plastic injection and/or blow molding industry, preferably in the medical device industry. Knowledge of plastics processes, resins, tooling required. Knowledge of FDA QSR's and ISO requirements preferred. RJG Master Molder Certification preferred

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