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Tooling Design/Model Shop/Tool Room Supervisor

Company: Gast Manufacturing
Location: Flint
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Job Description:

If you're looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you've found it. Whether you're an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

POSITION TITLE: Tooling Design/Model Shop/Tool Room Supervisor


LOCATION: Benton Harbor, MI

Scope of Role: Leads in-house machining and fabrication that supports Sustaining Engineering and New Product Development projects, (NPD). Creates new prototype parts, fixtures, test samples and concepts from that directly support Engineering and product design. Maintains and improves current production fixturing, assists in selection of machine tools. Must have demonstrated proficiency in CAD software for designing, development of prototypes, assemblies, and drawings. Procures materials and tooling required. Supervises Toolmakers in Model Shop and Tool Room, maintains department budget and goals for future state.


Demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement. Has the ability to work well in a team environment and thinks independently. Shows initiative, anticipates and prevents problems, has mechanical aptitude, and mental/physical/visual acuity. Decision making, analytics, supervisory skills and interpersonal skills are all necessary. The supervisor needs to be organized and has excellent communication skills. This person will interact with personnel at all levels at Gast.


Manages Tool Room and Model Shop Employees - creates development plans, maintains time keeping, and apprenticeship tracking. Supports employees in training plans.

Oversees the flow of work through the Model Shop and Toolroom including both in-house fabrication support as well as external resources.

Ensures that the schedule prioritization is communicated to VSM's and Engineers. Creates metrics on effectiveness of Model Shop and Tool Room

Owns all design / engineering responsibilities for tooling and fixturing for production assembly and machining centers. Leads in-house designs for machining and fabrication that may support both production and product development projects. Must have demonstrated proficiency in CAD software, (SolidWorks).

Maintaining department budget and goals for future state. Creates Continuous Improvement plans to develop Gast tooling and fixturing methods.

Attends NPD design review meetings to give insight and advice from a Model Shop perspective as well as production perspective.

Leads and mentors other engineers, designers, apprentices in good design practices. Able to engage others at all levels to achieve the best results on larger projects.

Measures of Performance

  • Model Shop and Toolroom requests are being met in a timely manner
  • Career development plans in place and acted on for tool room and model shop
  • Ensures Engineering & Design needs being met: new tooling, fixturing, gaging, assemblies
  • Proven growth: capabilities, learning, processes improvement, design concepts, project teams
  • Continuous improvement of Gast tooling and fixturing capabilities.

    • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing, business, engineering discipline, technical degree and / or Journeyman Toolmaker certification preferred
    • Has a vision for the future state including new in-house processes, can evaluate external vendor technical capabilities, and is active in learning about new machine tool technologies
    • Expert in CAD design software, (SolidWorks), design and solid model support
    • Overall working knowledge in machine tool technology, CAD software and design engineering background
    • Works well in a team environment as well as independently to solve problems

      • Proactive possess a strong sense of ownership and drive to success utilizing available resources Must be comfortable working under pressure with solid problem-solving methodology
      • Ability to motivate and drive others to deliver results
      • Well organized must have ability to address tactical issues in the short-term while maintaining long-term project plan
      • Excellent communication/presentation skills (written and verbal)
        • Integrity, trust and interpersonal savvy
        • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment
        • Ability to work collaboratively with strong leadership & influencing skills mentoring, developing and driving accountability

          GAST Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

          The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

          Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

          IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

          Attention Applicants: If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please let us know. Likewise, if you are limited in the ability to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, we will determine an alternate way for you to apply. Please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at lfcareers@idexcorp.com for assistance with an accommodation. These contact tools may be used only by individuals with a disability for accommodation requests. Do not inquire as to the status of an application.

Keywords: Gast Manufacturing, Flint , Tooling Design/Model Shop/Tool Room Supervisor, Other , Flint, Michigan

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