IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Production Supervisor/Cell Lead

Job Purpose:  Manufactures products by supervising staff; organizing and monitoring work flow, solving technical problems, trouble-shooting equipment maintenance issues, and keeping customers informed on the status of their orders. Develops and optimizes manufacturing processes to make a large range of optical and technical glass products. Serves customers by identifying their needs, ensuring continual improvement of manufacturing processes, and providing advice on capital equipment needs and vendor services.

Job Duties:

  • Accomplishes manufacturing results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; developing personal growth opportunities.
  • Designing, installing and commissioning new production processes, monitoring modifications and upgrades, and troubleshooting existing processes.
  • Conducting process improvement team efforts; utilizing six sigma, LEAN and Design of Experiment tools.
  • Preparing reports, flow diagrams and charts to measure and assess manufacturing productivity.
  • Assessing the availability of raw materials and sub-contractors, including the impact on delivery times.
  • Managing the cost and time constraints of projects.
  • Supporting the conversion of new product processes into commercially viable large-scale operations.
  • Conducting risk assessments for company operations, considering the health and safety of both company staff and the wider community.
  • Working closely with equipment operators to monitor and improve the efficiency, output and safety of production processes.
  • Ensuring the process works at the optimum level, to the right rate and quality of output, in order to meet customer delivery needs.
  • Making observations and taking measurements directly, as well as collecting and interpreting data from the other technical and operating staff involved.
  • Resolve personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action; and following up results.
  • Ensures all customers are fully updated on the status of their orders.
  • Work closely with other personnel to ensure that all aspects of an operation or process meet specifications and regulations.
  • Ensures that all preventative maintenance operations are performed correctly and in a timely manner without disrupting production.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing professional networks; and benchmarking state-of-the-art practices.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Skills/Qualifications: Supervision, Coaching, Managing Processes, Process Improvement, Tracking Budget Expenses, Production Planning, Controls and Instrumentation, Problem Solving, Product Knowledge, Managing Customer Needs, Process Development, Presentation Skills, General Microsoft Office Skills, Technical Understanding, Equipment Troubleshooting, Verbal Communication, Innovation

Education: 2 year degree or equivalent manufacturing job experience desired; optics background a plus. Additional information about the company can be found at ; please send resumes and any questions to Dirk Kvale at

Process Engineer/Engineering Technician

Engineering Technician: Process Development

Job Purpose

To facilitate process improvement for glass production using established continuous improvement methods and tools.

Primary goals to achieve with the production team: yield improvement, daily throughput, and productivity/efficiency.

Work within our ISO system to develop work instructions and travelers and process checks to ensure ongoing quality.

Processes to improve include raw material selection, cost reduction, glass scribing, part and machine set ups, machining, lapping, polishing, cleaning, and final inspection.


Job Duties

  • Create solutions to complex technical problems in manufacturing cell of production.
  • Assist operators and as they create, modify, and test products and processes.
  • Inspect products and processes for flaws and identify areas of improvement.
  • Prepare and conduct experiments and collect data; calculate or record results during experiments.
  • Assist in process design, development, and production; design fixtures and set up equipment.
  • Utilize computer-aided design and drafting equipment as needed during improvement phase.
  • Plan and oversee the manufacturing process; estimate project costs and specify materials to be used.
  • Perform audits of production and process capability; monitor process using floor metrics.
  • Design, develop, test, and implement new manufacturing processes to increase capability and capacity.
  • Researches new processes and capabilities.
  • Ensure all product is properly inspected and meets all requirements prior to delivery to QC.
  • Preparing reports, flow diagrams and charts to measure and assess manufacturing productivity.
  • Managing the cost and time constraints of projects.
  • Selecting, managing and working with sub-contractors.
  • Working closely with equipment operators to monitor and improve the efficiency, output and safety of operations within the plant.
  • Ensuring the process works at the optimum level, at the right rate and quality.
  • Making observations, taking measurements, collecting & interpreting data, and making decisions with other team members.
  • Reviewing existing data (also lab analysis) to see if more research and information need to be collated.
  • Assists operators in setting up, repairing, and maintaining production equipment to minimize equipment downtime.
  • Supporting the conversion of new product processes into commercially viable production-scale operations.


Required Skills:

Problem solving, teamwork, good verbal and non-verbal communication skills, innovation, Microsoft Office software.


Desired Skills and Education:

2 or 4 year engineering or technical degree or equivalent manufacturing experience, LEAN and six sigma training, understanding of production flow and machining principles, Solid Works or CAD software, basic CAM knowledge.