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Family owned and operated for nearly 70 years, Paragon D&E is a leader in advanced manufacturing. With a strong history in injection and compression tooling, Paragon has evolved into a multifaceted organization with a diverse product line serving Aerospace, Defense, Nuclear, Heavy Truck, Automotive, Agricultural, Oil and Gas and other industries. Paragon has a state of the art facility with the latest machining technology and continually invests in our team and equipment.

Because of our values and business results through policies and best practices in human resource management, Paragon was awarded one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For!

We are pleased to showcase our apprentice program and a taste of what it is like to work at Paragon. See the links below.


Please send your resume and salary requirements to hr@paragonde.com

We are seeking candidates for the following positions:

 


 

APPRENTICES – MACHINISTS & MOLD MAKERS

All Apprentices start in the Material Handler role for 3-6 months familiarizing themselves with all areas of the shop. General apprentice responsibilities include:

  • Learn and demonstrate the skills needed to become proficient in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for the completion of the Apprentice Training Plan.
  • Required to attend monthly Apprentice meetings to provide feedback on how training is progressing.

High School diploma or equivalent is required.  Must have been trained and worked-in Paragon’s Material Handler role for at least 3 months and/or equivalent experience.

 


 

 

 

CLASS-A TRUCK DRIVER 

  • Responsible for loading and unloading by method of crane or Hilo.
  • Ensures loads are secure using approved devices and methods.
  • Defines most feasible route.
  • Responsible for reporting needed vehicle maintenance.
  • Tracks and maintains all required records, such as driving logs.
  • Turns in all shipping and receiving slips to appropriate person.
  • Responsible for driving local routes, occasional overnight stays may be required.

A high-school diploma or equivalent is required. Candidate must have at least 4-6 years of over-the-road experience.  We require a valid class A Commercial driver’s license (CDL), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations exam and Department of Transportation (DOT) physical.  Experience loading, unloading and driving heavy loads is preferred.  Candidates must have a high-degree of proven mechanical aptitude.

 


 

 

 

CNC MACHNISTS – NIGHT SHIFT

  • Setup, adjust and check out programming and operate numerically controlled machine tools to perform a series of progressive machining operations on repetitive work to close and exacting tolerances and finish specifications requiring considerable skill.
  • Review machine schedule board for machining needed daily.
  • Works from programming instructions, operational data and machine setup instructions defining and coding tool arrangements, material clamping methods, machine calibrations and console settings for operations and occasional profiling and contouring.
  • Manage scheduled hours, estimating hours accurately and communicate to supervisor estimated over/under hours.
  • Manage machine program files.
  • Verify programming and that the material/component matches the data/program.
  • Maintaining traceability of job data, files, materials, components.
  • Verify tooling and setup of job on the machine.
  • Communicate with programming or the lead Machinist on any concerns with the programs.
  • Communicate non-conforming product to the Supervisor.
  • Responsible for maintenance of machine and cleanliness of area daily.

Candidates should have a high degree of machining knowledge. Will need a minimum of 5 years’ experience and have strong verbal and written communication skills.

 

 


 

 

 

CONTROLLER 

What you will do:

  • Responsible for managing fixed asset additions, disposals, tax lives, book lives and sales through FAS database.
  • Track and manage finance charges to job and calculate commissions for outside sales people.
  • Assist in budgeting and cost management and works with management in strategic planning
  • File all 940,941, FUTA, SUTA, MESC, HHUT and IRP tax forms.
  • Responsible for managing the month end closing, Assist with special projects, preparation of special reports, and preparation of necessary documents, graphs and reports.
  • Manages or makes all financial transactions such as Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Job Cost and all other transactions effecting the financial statements.
  • Assist with year-end audit, reconciling accounts, working with auditors and preparing Workpapers.
  • Manages and leads the accounting staff

 

What you need to be successful:

4-year degree in an Accounting or related field required, CPA certification a plus. Familiar with job costing software, ideally EPICOR. Proficiency Microsoft Office is a must, advanced competency in Excel preferred.


 

 

 

LEAD MOLD MAKER  

  • Responsible for managing all jobs to a successful completion.
  • Consistently participate in daily huddles and other Product Group activities.
  • Review and confirm Engineering concepts to assist in creating job processes and make modifications when necessary (Job Kick-off, Milestones, Design Review).
  • Gathers the necessary information to line-up assembly and machining (Road mapping).
  • Determine Make or Buy requirements
  • Ensure that the necessary in-process quality checks for specified operations are    identified
  • Establish needed stock allowances
  • Reviews daily schedules and works with scheduling for any necessary modifications.
  • Manage Rumblestrips.
  • Ensure that team members are productive, efficient, safe, and personally accountable.
  • Communicate resource requirements with Department Supervisor.
  • Responsible for assignment/gathering and completing all necessary paperwork for job completion.
    • MSI Sheet
    • Water Verification
    • Mold Weight
    • Mold Parameters
    • Pre-Shipment Checklist
    • Work Orders
  • Participate in job close-out assessment process and monthly meeting.
  • Be involved in the employee evaluation process.

 

High school degree or equivalent; 10+ years’ experience in plastic injection tooling required.

 


MATERIAL HANDLER 

  • Operate an overhead crane and fork lift truck with trailer to move raw blocks and tooling for job preparations and job transitions for CNC machines.
  • Utilize schedule board to assist in job transitions and task prioritization.
  • Ensure that material in the shop is identified and clearly labeled.
  • Check incoming material, verify shippers and prepare finished jobs for shipping.
  • Assist with finishing processes, including cleaning and deburring material, maintenance and clean-up for each job.
  • Support general housekeeping and shop organization.

 

Requires a high School diploma or equivalent and availability to work days, nights and weekends required.  Experience operating a crane and fork lift truck (with trailer) preferred.  Experience in a tool & die environment and a high-degree of mechanical aptitude is ideal.

 

 


 

 

MOLD MAKER 

  • Setup, adjust and check out programming and operate numerically controlled machine tools to perform a series of progressive machining operations on repetitive work to close and exacting tolerances and finish specifications requiring considerable skill.
  • Review machine schedule board for machining needed daily.
  • Works from programming instructions, operational data and machine setup instructions defining and coding tool arrangements, material clamping methods, machine calibrations and console settings for operations and occasional profiling and contouring.
  • Manage scheduled hours, estimating hours accurately and communicate to supervisor estimated over/under hours.
  • Manage machine program files.
  • Verify programming and that the material/component matches the data/program.
  • Maintaining traceability of job data, files, materials, components.
  • Verify tooling and setup of job on the machine.
  • Communicate with programming or the lead Machinist on any concerns with the programs.
  • Communicate non-conforming product to the Supervisor.
  • Responsible for maintenance of machine and cleanliness of area daily.

 

This position requires a High School degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in machining.

 


 


 

 

SUPPLY CHAIN CLERK 

  • Requests quotes for materials and components to insure the greatest cost saving while maintaining on-time delivery and quality required.
  • Generates and then issues purchase orders for materials and components per the Engineering stock lists, and requisitions including crib and consignment items, shop supplies, tooling, maintenance and services.
  • Assist on follow up of past due Purchase Orders. Works with A/P on Invoicing and receiving questions.
  • Making sure AS9100 requirements are flowed down to suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Works with current and new suppliers to support internal and external customer needs.
  • Enter delivery receipts daily into the ERP system.
  • Scan support and reference documents into ERP system.
  • Identify and communicate receipt errors and discrepancies.

High School diploma is required; associate’s degree preferred.  1+ years of related training or purchasing experience required.  A proficiency in Micro Office and math and problem-solving skills are a must.

 

 




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