Careers

Join the Pliant Plastics Family

Discover a gratifying career through our people-first approach. Pliant could be the perfect fit for you!

Over the past 54 years, Pliant has prioritized building a culture of respect, openness, and teamwork. We empower people to share ideas, communicate openly, develop their skills, and grow in their roles. We believe that when people are engaged, learning, and treated with appreciation and care, they do their best work. And that belief has created an extraordinary culture and a thriving team.

Benefits

401k Matching, Flexible schedules, Paid time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, STD (Short Term Disability), LTD (Long Term Disability), HSA(Health Saving Account), FSA (Flexible Savings Account), HDHP(High Deductible Health Plans), Life insurance, Accidental Insurance and Critical illness insurance, Employee Assistance Programs, Tuition Reimbursement Programs, and Individual Development Programs.

Available Positions

Browse our open positions and let us know if you are a good fit. We’d love to connect to review your resume and get to know you better.

Production Team Member I

Position Summary: Responsible for packing and labeling product, loading/unloading production machines and operating assembly equipment to assemble products and/or packaging according to customer and company provided specifications.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Personal Traits:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Previous manufacturing or mechanical experience.
  • Demonstrated eye-hand coordination.
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability in the use of tools.
  • Demonstrated basic math skills.
  • Automated equipment operation.
  • SPC-SQC basic training.
  • Good understanding of Plex and Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Perform all work functions in adherence to safety, quality and production policies.
  • Load and unload automatic and semi-automatic equipment with material and product.
  • Routinely lift up to 55 pounds worth of weight.
  • Perform hand or mechanical assembly, packaging and decorating.
  • Follow schedules and work instructions to meet production as scheduled.
  • Perform quality checks and verifications as required by work instructions.
  • Verify product quality, contain and hold product if appropriate.
  • Inspect product per CDB.
  • Package product per instructions.
  • Record production within Plex database.
  • Provide accurate and legible quantity, quality and time reports.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  • Adhere to SPN/Quality alerts as required.
  • Identify product through all operations.
  • Transfer WIP/FG to designated areas.
  • Ability to identify proper material recycle codes.
  • Ability to build and master labels.
  • Ability to read the dispatch list to determine BOM requirements.
  • Ability to comfortably use the paging system.
  • Ability to use a pallet jack.
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere and assist those around you on short notice.
  • Perform hourly process and Quality checks as required.
  • Follow FIFO (First in first out).
  • Successfully utilize gauges and understand terminology.
  • Set-up and end jobs (load and unload jobs in Plex).
  • Have an understanding of KANBAN.
  • Have an understanding of partial boxes and know when to use them.
  • Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as assigned by the supervisor.

Work Environment: Light industrial factory environment, moderate noise, occasional light dust, and occasional plastic fumes.  Assembly machines, insert molding presses, hand tools, scales, forklift, full use and range of movements of wrists, hands, arms and eyes.

 

Team Leader I - 1st Shift

Position Summary:  Will manage and lead a team of Pliant team members.  Motivate team members and assess performance on a daily basis.  Provide help to leadership, including aspects of hiring and training, and keep leadership updated on team performance.  Communicate concerns and policies among leadership and team members.  Work closely with the Shift Manager to plan and execute daily production activities including but not limited to: quality, packaging and secondary operations to meet or exceed customer expectations for quality parts delivered on time. Responsible for maintaining high efficiency in their area, scheduling and covering breaks, 5S excellence, and accurate control of inventory and part/machine status in Plex. Responsible for providing thorough hand-offs to the oncoming shift each day, working closely with their counterparts on the other shifts.  The “go-to” person in their area of responsibility, working closely with production associates assigned to  their area, ensuring they have the tools and training to be excellent in their work.  This is a player/coach position. The expectation is that individuals in this role will work production and provide services, training, and positive reinforcement to ensure others in their area can work effectively and efficiently.

Responsible for packing and labeling product, loading/unloading multiple production machines and operating assembly equipment to assemble products and/or packaging according to customer and company provided specifications.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Personal Traits:

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED).
  • Leadership certificate or completion of some leadership classes.
  • 1 – 3 years manufacturing experience (plastics and automotive experience)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Leadership experience and strong relationship building
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to explain technical activities to non-technical personnel.
  • Experience with group communication and problem solving methods.
  • Familiar with automated equipment operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow conveynance rates with specified cycle times.

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Perform all work functions in adherence to safety, quality and production policies.
  • Demonstrate, communicate, and coach team members on Pliant’s core values, culture, and vision.
  • Provides encouragement to team members, including communicating team goals and identifying areas for new training or skill checks.
  • Assists management with new team member training.
  • Answers team member questions, helps with team member problems, and oversees team member work for quality and guideline compliance.
  • Develops strategies to promote team member adherence to company regulations and performance goals.
  • Conducts stand-up meetings to update members at start of shift.
  • Load and unload automatic and semi-automatic equipment with material and product.
  • Perform hand or mechanical assembly and packaging.
  • Understand schedules, Plex, dispatch list, and work instructions to meet production needs.
  • Back-up to the Shift Manager: able to run a shift independently for a day or week, able to create the schedule team members, perform daily meeting rhythms and metric reporting, and addressing “hot list items.”
  • Perform SPC/SQC quality verifications as necessary by work instructions. Assist with first piece sign-offs.
  • Verify team are hitting rate for jobs they are assigned and follow-up with members as needed
  • Inspect product per CDB (Central Data Book).
  • Perform regular layered process, internal, 5S, standardized work, and performance audits.
  • Verify product quality, contain and hold product if appropriate.
  • Complete quarterly Operator Excellence Audits
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  • Adhere to SPN/Quality alerts as required.
  • Must be willing to pack any products; be willing to float whenever and wherever needed.
  • Identify product through all operations.
  • Transfer WIP/FG to designated areas.
  • Ability to identify proper material recycle codes.
  • Ability to build and trouble shoot master labels.
  • Ability to comfortably use the paging system.
  • Ability to use a pallet jack.
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere and assist those around you on short notice.
  • Perform hourly process and Quality checks as required.
  • Routinely lift up to 55 pounds worth of weight.
  • Package product per instructions.
  • Record production within Plex database.
  • Know where to obtain material from dryers and how to properly load it into machine.
  • Help on the floor wherever needed (team player) – willing to do whatever and whenever is asked.
  • Locate and prepare packaging.
  • Empty runner barrels.
  • Perform label audits on packaging.
  • Assist in 1st piece sign offs and SPCs
  • Cover operator breaks in a timely fashion
  • Ability to wash pins and help the packers wash them throughout the shift.
  • Walk through every cell every 30 minutes to ensure everything is caught up in each area.
  • Willing to participate in required training as needed to further development in the role (seminars, books, etc.).
  • Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as assigned by the supervisor

 

Clean Room Operator I

Position Summary:  Assemble product using manual equipment in a controlled ‘Clean Room’ environment.  Inspect, package, and label product to customer specifications.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED).
  • Previous manufacturing or mechanical experience, including the use of manual & semi-automated equipment.
  • Demonstrated eye-hand coordination / manual dexterity.
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability in the use of tools.
  • Demonstrated basic math skills.

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to, the following:

Operator 1:

  • Manual assembly of product.
  • Perform welding, packaging and labeling operations.
  • Perform repetitive, intricate tasks in a contained environment.
  • Follow work instructions to meet schedules and special requirements.
  • Perform quality verification testing.
  • Provide accurate and legible quantity, quality and time reports.
  • Maintain a clean-room environment to required standards.
  • Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as assigned by the supervisor.

Mechanical: (equipment operation or physical dexterity required for the position) – Manual and semi-automatic assembly equipment, sonic welder, scales, packaging equipment, full use and range of movements of wrists, hands, arms and eyes.

Work Environment:  Environmentally controlled clean-room, moderate noise, hearing protection required, and protective clothing required.

Process Engineer I - 2nd or 3rd Shift

Position Summary: Establish optimum injection molding processing parameters utilizing sound molding principles and systematic methods.  Establish appropriate process monitoring set-points/tolerances.  Assist Pliant Tooling, qualify & debug new mold start-ups. Troubleshoot and resolve difficult molding quality and/or efficiency issues.   Ensure basic elements of data control and records retention are consistently applied to processing parameters and injection molding machine (IMM) settings so that current processing information is readily accessible & understandable to personnel needing this information.  Positively support and mentor the Process Techs (1 + 2).  Develop Process Tech 1’s to be able to succeed to the next level (Process Tech 2’s and Process Engineer).

Preferred Education, Experience, and Personal Traits:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Plastics Technology / Plastics Engineering Technology (or related courses in Plastics Technology, Injection Mold Design, and Manufacturing Processes).
  • Technical writing ability and good verbal communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of the following IMM controllers/control systems: Arburg, Milacron Camac VSX/486/EXTREEM, Milacron Roboshot SI/SIB, Milacron MATRIX SCL, Jaco Epic, and Nissei TACT.
  • Computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated experience in group leadership and structured team approach to problem solving (5 Why, Fishbone).

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Perform part sampling to meet customer proto and pre-launch builds, in accordance with specified instructions. Record process parameters, lessons learned, and any part, mold, or process problems encountered in the sampling process.
  • Develop key molding process parameters for existing and new products & tooling utilizing a systematic method to determine the optimum material conditions (temperature, flow rate, pressures, cooling rate/time, etc.) using proven and universally accepted injection molding principles.
  • Establish initial injection molding machine (IMM) settings necessary to achieve key processing parameters.
  • Establish appropriate process monitor set points and tolerances necessary for control/detection of machine conditions leading to part defects and/or equipment damage.
  • Document and preserve key processing parameters, IMM settings, and electronic data associated with established molding processes and process monitoring.
  • Train Process Technicians to understand, measure, & use the key processing parameters and injection molding principles (“rules of thumb”) to transfer, troubleshoot, and make minor adjustments to the injection molding process in a controlled, systematic and logical manner.
  • Verify adequacy of injection molding machine clamp, injection pressure & process monitoring capabilities of various IMMs in relationship to part/tool design and quality constraints.
  • Support the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) & other initial product launch part, tool, & process design activities.
  • Perform tool qualification for new and reworked injection molds. Recommend, initiate & coordinate mold design improvements and repairs with Pliant Tooling.
  • Assess existing injection molding processes & identify production process improvement opportunities – appropriately control, implement & document process changes necessary to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Use statistical data collection to monitor machine and process performance (5 Step Bedmont Process Development for functional tool try outs
  • Provide technical support to Manufacturing by assisting molders with root cause analysis and corrective actions.
  • Occasionally support manufacturing production demands to meet urgent customer requirements or fill in for absence personnel.
  • Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Develop performance based measurables and career pathing for Process Techs (1 + 2).
  • Ability to effectively understand, resolve, and communicate assumptions, issues, and potential solutions to all levels of the organization.
  • Success is based on the demonstrated performance and collaboration of team members (Process Techs) and completion of individual and team goals.
  • Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as assigned by the supervisor.

Mechanicals: (equipment operation or physical dexterity required for the position) – Manual and semi-automatic assembly equipment, sonic welder, scales, packaging equipment, full use and range of movements of wrists, hands, arms and eyes.

Work Environment:  Light industrial factory floor environment, light to moderate plastic dust, moderate noise.

Core Values:  Teamwork, Trustworthy, Respectful, Positive Attitude, and Meta-Performance.  All Pliant team members are required to model these core values in all areas of communication and performance on a consistent basis. 

 

 

 

Core Values

Meta-Performance

Trustworthy

Positive Attitude

Respectful

Teamwork