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Is Manufacturing Automotive Injection A Suitable Career For You?

Updated on January 27, 2017
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My name is Len. I have worked for over 20 years. I have worked in the automotive Injection industry for 8 years until recently.

Interview for the automotive Career

Some tips and pointers for an interview for, "Automotive injection", factory job. Human resources or HR, likes to hear that you are a family person, have a great work ethic, and can work any hours they throw at you. You need to be punctual, have a strong work ethic, and a flexible schedule. Ask them questions. Rate of pay, benefits, RRSP'S etc. Don't ever be shy in an interview. Remember, your selling yourself to the company. You need to explain to the interviewer, why it's in their best interest to hire you, as opposed to 100 other applicants.

Injection Part

Injection Process

There are a few different jobs throughout the factory. Let's get started at the beginning.

We made plastic injected parts. Little tiny plastic pellets which are stored in gaylords, or big cardboard boxes, get fed into the machine where they get heated up thus melting the pellets. They then get forced into a mold to make a part. There are many different molds in order to make many different parts.

A setup tech makes sure mold changes are done correctly, temperatures are correct, no silver or contaminants in the parts for the start up process. They utilize a 10 ton crane to load/unload molds. A setup techs job is physically demanding, a lot of pushing and pulling.

An operator checks each part that comes out of the machine to make sure the parts are good. It is the machine operators responsibility to record and mention any issues of imperfection after the setup tech has left. The machine operator reports any issues to the leader tech/Supervisor promptly and any issues are dealt with. The good parts get loaded on to fitted racks. This job is entails a lot of standing. It is the least physical job in the factory.

Assembly Process

After these parts have cooled down they are now ready to be assembled. The assemblers job is to grab the part check for any defects before beginning the assembly process. Once part is deemed good you put the part in a jig. These jigs vary for the part you are assembling. Some jigs hold the part in a certain location so you can add either clips, felts or even primer to make the felts adhere to the part. Clips will hold the part in place on a vehicle, whereas a felt is usually placed on a part to cut vibration or noise when installed in the car. There is a few robots that will put the clips on the part for you and you only need to adhere the felt or tape. You then do a final inspection before placing the part in a specially made box to skid up and ship out to the automotive customer. You then repeat this process throughout your shift. This job entails a lot of standing and bending. It's also very hard on you're fingers, and or back, when dealing with the clips or felts.

Shipping Department

After parts are completed and packaged, shipping personnel will come and pick parts that they need from assembly and take them to the shipping area where they band/wrap skids and scan for verification of orders.

Forklift personnel will grab finished skids and neatly stack them in row for incoming trucks to pick up to deliver to the automotive customer.

Shipping personnel are also responsible for the material getting fed to the injection machines as to not disrupt production.

This is a very physically demanding job. Some people think it's easy job and that the shipping personnel just drive forklift all day. This is incorrect. Shipping personnel are constantly bending, lifting and pulling. This is very hard on you're body. Not suitable for everyone.

Overall/Automotive Job satisfaction.

Overall, working in the automotive factory industry is ok. It can entail mandatory weekends with lots of overtime. All of the jobs are repetitious and cause some strain on you're muscles and joints. Some people develop carpel tunnel in their wrists, and develop bad backs, to name a few related issues to the job. The pay is average for the average worker of anywhere from 15$ to $20 an hr. The benefits are really good and they have bonuses as well as free barbeques and family outings. I hope this gives you some insight as to the nature of this job field.

© 2016 Lendog


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