IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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.

2nd Shift Lead

1 opening on the Second Shift: Monday-Thursday with occassional Fridays

Job Description:
The Second Shift Lead assists, directs and coordinates the general work of a production cell. This position helps to ensure the cost effectiveness of production parts in accordance with delivery requirements, quality standards and procedures. This position has the authority and responsibility to make decisions that control the production process and correct quality problems. This position works together as a team with other production leads to ensure that overall company goals are achieved. Exhibits passion for continuous improvement in all areas. They also perform duties as operators and inspectors.

Leadership experience, manufacturing experience, teamwork skills, troubleshooting skills, creativity, ability to multi task, computer knowledge and experience with Microsoft software and ERP systems, and good written and verbal Communication Skills.

2-year degree or past job history desired; manufacturing background a plus

Further Description of Job Duties:

  • Performing set ups
  • Prepare for part number and material change
  • Perform troubleshooting
  • Enforcement of quality
  • Ensure employees meet attainment goals
  • Manage job orders and raw material to the processes
  • Document Daily Progress
  • Monitor efficiencies at the equipment
  • Responsible for interacting with employees on their performance.
  • Ensure proper monitoring, data recording, and entry of information into systems
  • Manages inventories and work plans to achieve productivity goals
  • Inter-departmental communication concerning quality, production and customer issues to clarify and facilitate on time delivery requirements via orders and operational data
  • Assists or directs problem solving efforts that will reduce or eliminate scrap, labor, and production costs

Stop in and fill out an application at 810 E. St. Paul St. Litchfield, MN or send resumes to Rebecca Nelson at

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