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Engineer Plastic Injection

United States
March 27, 2018

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Joe Mendoza – Tool and Die Maker

** **** ******* **; Shaw, Mississippi 38773; 662-***-****;

Professional Summary

Experienced in tool procurement of plastic injection molds or metal stamping progressive dies. Able to troubleshoot industry related equipment for predictive/preventive maintenance, efficiency tooling modifications and reverse engineering. Technical instructor on proper mold or die maintenance and repair techniques. Excel in good manufacturing practice G.M.P.

Work Experience

Robot Maintenance Technician / Toolmaker- Faurecia Automotive Seating, Cleveland, Ms., Dec.2017 to Present

Responsible on radio communications for immediate repair or adjustments to robot welders both MIG or Laser weld in cells. Performed tool changeovers, preventive/predictive maintenance on all auxiliary equipment including but not limited to laser chillers, laser cells, assembly equipment, function testers, tote racks, extractors, manual weld machines, and hold down tooling fixture repair.

Reversed engineered and fabricated various hold down replacement tooling for carousel and Laser welds cells. 24/7 operation, 26 Laser robot cells, 10 MIG robot cells, paint line, assembly machines and function testers.

Mold Maintenance Technician- Baxter Healthcare, Cleveland, Ms., May2011 - Oct.2017

Responsible for predictive / preventive maintenance, and repair on plastic injection molds, L.S.R. molds, and Sidel blow molds. Heavy interaction with production and engineering departments.

Mentor and train new mold technicians in G.M.P., proper mold repair and maintenance techniques, machine shop operations, welding of engineered steels.

Second shift Lead, Train novice apprentices in proper mold repair & P.M. techniques. 24/7 operation.

Tooling Engineer- SRA Manufacturing LLC, Brownsville, Tx., Jan.2010 - Oct.2010

Provided tooling quotes according to customer established requirements.

Managed every aspect of the tooling process including repairs, new builds, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance and engineering change orders.

Tool and Die Maker- Universal Metal Products Inc., Pharr, Tx., Sept.2007 - Jan.2009

Member of Lean team committed to steam line production using Lean Manufacturing principles.

Responsible for daily repair activities of production metal stamping dies, Engineering Change Orders, press calls, trouble shooting, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance.

Special activities design, fabricate and maintain jigs, fixtures, re-strike dies and sub-assemblies.

Tooling Engineer/Superintendent- Therma Tru Doors Corp. Matamoros, Mx. Sept.2005 - Sept.2007

Tooling expert for Mexican operations plastic injection molding. Oversee a crew of 12 Mold Technicians on 4 shifts, 24/7.

Lead to a daily staff tooling meetings for all tooling issues.

Implemented O.E.E tooling program, E.C.O. in-house, new mold procurement, preventive/predictive maintenance and tool tracking for all molds at Mexican operations.

Extremely hands on training mold technicians in proper mold maintenance, parting line repair, welding parting line, texture repair, polishing, G.M.P., reworking parting lines, of all tooling.

Tooling Manager- DeWalch Technologies, Houston, Tx. May 2005-Sept.2005

Metal stamping and production machining, oversee procurement of new tool builds and refurbishments on production tooling or equipment.

Supervision of 3 tooling personnel on two shifts, 18/5 manufacturing operations with support of 17 stamping presses, 8 CNC lathes and 96 metal stamping dies.

Tool and Die Maker- Orchid International Corp., McAllen, Tx., Mar.2004-Sept.2004

Heavy hands on interaction of preventive maintenance and repairs of solid carbide lamination dies or aluminum cast molds.

Responsible for training of apprentices serving internships from South Texas Community College.

Hands on repair of press calls, troubleshooting and repair at the press in order to meet production demand.

General Manager- S.A. Mold and Die Corp., Reynosa Mx., Aug.2002 - Aug.2003

Responsible for setting up Mexican ops. heavy customer interaction and cost estimator for all jobs going though the shop and assisted in trouble shooting and repair of plastic injection molds, metal stamping dies and custom tooling. Customers included Bettcher, CPM, Alcom, Technimark, Delphi Summit Componentes, Corning, Fansteel, Panasonic, Minnisota Rubber, Pentair, Hoffman, Eleckrokontaki and Rubbermaid.

Helped customers with tooling issues customer outreach area from Matamoros to Reynosa and Monterrey.

Oversee a 24/6 operation, with a crew of 1 CAD engineer, 3 Mold/Die Makers and 5 Toolmakers.

Tooling Supervisor / In-term Tooling Engineer- TRW Automotive, Reynosa Mx., Oct.1997 - Aug.2002

Developed a preventive maintenance program for 155 plastic injection molds.

Member of the Six Sigma Green belt project team, training done by Rath & Strong management consultants.

Project manager of Quick Mold Change (Q.M.C.) using the SMED lean principal which was a huge success 75min. plastic injection mold change over reduced to 8min.

Lead to new programs tooling team for the Reynosa facility. Included daily conference meeting with TRW engineering department at 26 mile Detroit Michigan.

Wrote work instructions necessary for certification and revised ISO9000, QS9000 and ISO14000 documentation pertaining to molds/mold shop.

Program management kicking off new tool builds at 26 mile Detroit Michigan.

TRW Automotive designated my persona mold tooling expert checking compliance tooling issues with local suppliers in Reynosa Mx., and Rio Grande Valley U.S.A.

Supervision of 8 fulltime toolmakers, 2 engineering interns on 4 shifts, 24/7 operation with the help of 30plastic injection presses and 155 injection molds.

Mold Maker- Kincses Tool & Molding Inc., Flora, Ms., Apr.1997 - Oct.1997

Lead Mold Maker working exclusively with new injection molds builds for Delphi Packard.

Lead man to 1 tool maker and 1 apprentice on second shift. Production 24/7 0peration, with the help of 20 injection molding machines.

Oriented apprentices in set up and proper mold making techniques.

Designated shop TIG welder proficient in micro welding all types of engineered steels.

Mold Maker- Diversified Manufacturing, Pearl Ms., Dec.1996 - Apr.1997

Lead Mold Maker to 2 fulltime tool makers and 2 apprentice, 12/6 operation.

Elusively working repairs and new builds for Sunbeam, Aladdin and Home Craft tooling in an effort to increase cash flow. My persona was multitasking and leading various jobs to achieve the mentioned.

Designated shop TIG welder proficient in micro welding all types of engineered steels metal stamping dies or plastic injection molds.

Tooling Supervisor- Anchor Advanced Products, Matamoros Mx., Jul.1995 - Dec.1996

Responsible for all tooling at Mexican operations, heavy interaction with repair of plastic injection molds, injection blow molds and auxiliary equipment.

Supervised and training of 13 fulltime toolmakers on 4 shifts in proper mold maintenance, repair, G.M.P., documentation and storage of plastic injection molds.

Developed a preventive maintenance program for 267 plastic injection molds and 43 injection blow molds a preventive maintenance program for all tooling which included tool tracking, spare parts production supply, and production mold maintenance.

24/7 operation, 64 injection molding machines 15 injection blow machines.

Shop Foreman- Precision Mold & Tool, La Feria, Tx., Nov.1992 - Jul.1995

Working supervisor responsible for time management, and overseeing new mold construction, customer requested spare parts or urgent repair of plastic injection molds.

Daily customer interaction regarding status, modifications or technical tooling concerns to original work order.

Managed a crew of 5 fulltime mold makers and trained new apprentice in proper mold making techniques.

24/6 operation catering to the northern Mexican border between Matamoros Mx. / Brownsville Tx., Reynosa Mx. / McAllen Tx.

Tool Maker- Windsor Mold Texas,Pharr Tx., Sept.1991 – Nov.1992

Tool maker working with minimal supervision in the construction of plastic injection molds for Delphi and repairs of other tooling from local custom molders. Proficient form grinder steel details and electrodes.

Tool and Die Maker Apprentice- Trico Technologies Corp., Brownsville Tx., Sept.1988 – Sept.1991

Serving my apprenticeship my persona assisted in the build of progressive, extrusion Dies, spare parts, and trouble shooting.

Responsible for preventive maintenance, press calls, trouble shooting and repair of both progressive dies or extrusion dies.

Qualifications Summary

Experienced in documenting and organizing preventive maintenance program, O.E.E., G.M.P. and G.D.P.

Ability to train and cross train tooling personnel in progression of Tool and Die certification.

Working knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles. Various hot runner systems, limit switches, slides, cams, mold cooling system, mold pneumatic system and mold hydraulic system.

Experienced and knowledge with repairs / engineering changes related to Mold or Die tooling. Developed method of maintaining tooling repair logs and spare parts inventory aligned with G.M.P. and O.E.E..

Work with cross functional team on process and product improvement projects (D.O.E.).

Applying Green Belt tools and Lean Manufacturing Techniques to resolve various quality, cost savings and performance issues, analytically. Reverse engineering “No Print No Problem”.


2017 - HEARTSAVER CPR AED American Heart Association Cleveland, Ms.

2007 - Lean Manufacturing Manufacturing Training & Development Matamoros, Mx.

2006 - Auto Cad Level 1 & 2 Auto CAD 2007 Level 1 & 2 Pharr, Tx.

2002 - Tool and Die Maker United States Department of Labor Brownsville, Tx.

1988 - Machine Shop Operations Texas State Technical Institute Harlingen, Tx.

1986 - Electronics Servicing Texas State Technical Institute Harlingen, Tx.


2002 - Six Sigma Green Belt Rath & Strong Management Consultants Pharr, Tx.

References available upon demand

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