The Plasma Spray Technician is responsible for using and maintaining robots, spray systems, turntables, and guns to apply thermal coatings to production parts.
Reports To: Thermal Spray Supervisor
- The thermal spray operator must be proficient in all aspects of the coating process including masking / unmasking. The ability to set-up and operate various forms of coating equipment and processes which include wire guns, thermal spray powder, plasma spray and high velocity oxygen fuel.
- Also, must be proficient in the use of supporting process equipment ranging from fully automatic (robotic and CNC).
- Must have sufficient knowledge to know when equipment is performing properly and have the ability to isolate equipment components and replace them.
- Perform periodic minor maintenance to assure equipment is in top operating condition. Also, be involved in development of parameters for new coatings.
- Be able to work from blueprints, sketches, written and/or verbal instructions; knowledge of testing devices, superficial hardness tester and profilometer.
- Operate to required levels of quality, efficiency, and safety.
- Direct the efforts of others and work with a minimum amount of supervision.
- Instruct and train others as required.
- Complete all necessary paperwork, conduct some testing, and perform other related duties.
- Previous experience reading, interpreting, and working from shop manuals and blue prints while receiving verbal instructions.
- Mechanical ability and extensive exposure to job shop working environment.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Possess basic mechanical aptitude and ability to understand and operate highly technical equipment including closed-loop plasma equipment, robots and CNC equipment.
- Knowledgeable in pre and post coating processes such as cleaning, masking, surface preparation techniques and inspection.
- Previous experience in set-up and spraying of a variety of complicated coatings and geometries using a number of spray processes and supporting equipment.
- Experience operating material handling and lifting devices
- Proficient in the use of various types of standard measuring instruments, such as OD and ID micrometers, depth gauge, height gauge, vernier calipers, and others
- Robot programming experience
This position manages all Thermal Spray employees and is responsible for the performance and management within the department.
This job operates in a medium to heavy manufacturing environment. Frequent exposure to manufacturing elements such as noise, temperatures, dust, odors and fumes.
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.
- The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 20/20 vision with or without corrective lenses.
- Must be able to safely utilize and wear PPE, such as dust mask, steel toe footwear, safety glasses, and hearing protection.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 40 hours per week..
No travel is expected for this position.
Required Education and Experience
- High school graduate.
- Welding experience is beneficial.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in a job shop using/programming robots.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.