Position Title:

Engineering Lab Technician Level II - Plastic



Perform tasks related to product prototype and testing under various degrees of supervision (depending on experience) in the Research and Development Plastics Lab by performing the following duties:



Primary Responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned:


  • Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives and test equipment availability.


  • Prepare materials for use in testing and prototype manufacturing.


  • Ability to design and build Tooling Aids, Test Fixtures, Holding Fixtures, Specialized Test Stations.


  • Ability to modify existing parts or create all new parts by machining metal or plastic raw materials.


  • Setup and operate various machines and equipment such as milling machines, lathe, welding, band saws, drill presses, pipe cutter, pipe sizer, mechanical and hydraulic power presses, press brake, etc.


  • Use various hand tools and precision measuring tools including torque wrenches, calipers, micrometers, test indicators, etc.


  • Conduct tests per instructions, collect and record data and complete and distribute Test Reports.


  • Produce prototypes according to operation and inspection instructions; complete required forms (tube forming & connector assembly – compare to gauge or print).


  • Work closely with Requestor to resolve issues if problems arise during Testing, Prototype Builds, etc…


  • Organize and maintain prototype inventory and equipment.


  • The responsibility and authority for the Quality Functions for this position are defined in the Level 2 Procedures, Level 3 Work Instructions, and the Authority Matrix (Appendix C) of Norma’s Quality Manual.


  • Assumes responsibility for related initiatives as needs arise.


  • Continuously strives for improvement in performance of all responsibilities.



Reporting Responsibilities:

This position Reports to the Development Lab Supervisor


FLSA Status:      Exempt / Salary,       Non-Exempt / Hourly



A.S.E. Survey Reference Code: 64.005, 64.006, and 64.007 A.S.E. Title: ‘Product Technician I, II, And III







St. Clair, Michigan


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.



Education and/or Experience:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) with a minimum of (2) years related experience and/or training.
  • Basic Measurement & Calibration Skills using precision measuring tools and equipment.
  • Molding and Stamping Press Setup and Operation experience preferred.
  • Machine Tool experience – Engine Lathe, Milling Machines, Surface Grinder, Cut-Off/ Band Saw, etc...
  • Electro-Mechanical experience – solenoid valves, relays, IRC circuits, wiring, pneumatic cylinders, etc. preferred.
  • Familiar with operating typical Lab test equipment - Leak Rate Devices, Tensile Testers, Load Cells, Environmental Chambers, etc…


Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in the PC environment and general computer skills such as email, spreadsheets, word processors, file navigation, and internet navigation must be demonstrated.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software applications preferred.
  • Experience with data acquisition hardware and software a plus.
  • Experience with National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW software preferred.



Other Skills and Abilities:

(Some of the following skills and abilities may be acquired through training, but the employee must be able to demonstrate the capacity to obtain these requirements before being placed in this position):

  • Must be able to maintain a clean and safe work area.
  • Must be Detail Oriented
  • Must be able to clearly communicate information and observations in writing.
  • Mechanical Aptitude



Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  (Some of the following certificates, licenses, and/or registrations may be acquired through training, but the employee must be able to demonstrate the capacity to obtain these requirements before being placed in this position):

  • Power Lockout Certification
  • Forklift License



Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  The employee must wear OSHA approved safety glasses when in the plant.



Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  This position may require the use of personal protective equipment.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; extreme heat; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud and the use of hearing protection is frequently required.


Contact for this position: [[Calvin Spears]] 


NORMA Michigan Inc.
2430 E.Walton Blvd.
Auburn Hills 48326, USA