Join our team!

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.

 


 

 

 

CAD SURFACER – SIGNING BONUS!

  • Prepare engineered files for programming, assembly or the customer directly.
  • Design various types of tooling and supply manufacturing with the data for tool builds.
  • Developing tool designs from conception to completion and develop runoff and parting lines using solid modeling and surfacing parting line and developing motions
  • Comparing final data from customers to insure project definition accuracy and preparing for and attending assigned meetings to manage open issues and set dates for milestones.
  • Create custom components and modifications, update current data to our data management system (PICs) daily, interact directly with purchasing, program management and manufacturing
  • Prepare the needed data for Programming, Assembly or the Customer.

5+ years equivalent experience in tool design/tool building, preferably in part and tooling design. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Previous experience with Unigraphics and/or Catia preferred.

There is a $2,000.00 SIGNING BONUS for this position.

 


 

 

 

CLASS-A TRUCK DRIVER – NIGHTS

  • 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 – DAY & NIGHT SHIFTS

  • 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.

 

 


 

 

 

LEAD MOLD MAKER (DAYS) – SIGNING BONUS

  • 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.

There is a $1,000.00 SIGNING BONUS for this position.

 


 

 

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 (NIGHTS)

  • 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.

 


 

 

 

 

PROGRAM MANAGER

  • Responsible for coordinating and managing the life cycle of a project including scheduling, timelines and cost.
  • Receives project related materials from sales, reviews contracts and enters information in ERP system.
  • Coordination of project kick-off, design reviews and close-out meetings.
  • Primary point of contact for all customer communications including customer requests for obtaining information, status or data.
  • Responsible for managing and staying within the projects budget.
  • Maintains and manages project timelines and proactively identifies potential issues.
  • Tracks open-action items and follow-through with both customers and manufacturing.
  • Responsible for quoting engineering and project revision changes.
  • Works closely with Engineering to facilitate planning, manufacturing, and completion of the project.

Two-year degree, preferably Engineering, or 8-10 years’ experience in the mold making industry. Proficient in Microsoft Office is a must. Experience with an ERP system is a plus.


 

 

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.

 


 

 

 

TOOLING DESIGNER – SIGNING BONUS!

 

  • Manage multiple tool designs at one time from conception to completion and develop runoff and parting lines using solid modeling.
  • Compare final data from customers to insure project definition accuracy.
  • Prep for and attend assigned meetings to manage open issues and set dates for  milestones. Attend road map meetings and assist in setting up the proper hours needed to complete each task.
  • Attain and submit all of the information required for customer approvals.
  • Create custom components and modifications. Identify and approve stock list for purchased components.
  • Prepare the needed data for Programming, Assembly or the Customer.
  • Update current data to our data management system (PICs) daily.
  • Attend tooling review meetings and interact with the customer.

 

Four-year degree in Engineering/Design or 10+ years equivalent experience in tool design/tool building, preferably in plastic mold tooling. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Previous experience with Unigraphics and/or Catia preferred.

 

There is a $2,000.00 SIGNING BONUS available for this position.

 




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