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Tool Room Manager

Jonesville, MI

Tool Room Manager


Jonesville, MI, USA


The Tool Room Manager will provide leadership and direction to the Tooling Department and report to the Assistant General Manager. They will be responsible for department support and continual improvement of Tooling Department.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Strong communicator in the English language, both written and oral.
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in a similar position.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • High level of time management.
  • Tool and Die Certificate.
  • Operate all Tool Room equipment.
  • Good understanding of ISO, SPC, and QS systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise all Tool Room personnel.
  • Plan and schedule all tool room Jobs as per timeline.
  • Schedule ordering of tooling components and supplies.
  • Plan Tool Room equipment maintenance.
  • Assist in quoting, design, troubleshooting, and development as required.
  • Staff and evaluate tool room employees.
  • Resolve issues with other managers such as press time, sign-off, shared equipment, etc.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, directing hourly paid employees.
  • Responsible for ensuring that dies are built to produce parts to the latest part print.
  • Liaison between engineering, design, and tool manufacturing.
  • Responsible for scheduling and tracking tool build requirements.
  • Monitor costs as an aid for estimating.
  • Arrange and monitor external contracting.
  • Responsible for arranging tryout material from customers.
  • Responsible for arranging die buy off in the customer's press.
  • Represent the company during buy out process.
  • Responsible for general housekeeping and safety.
  • Schedule meetings with lead hands/toolmakers on monthly basis.
  • Follow the preventive maintenance procedures by working with the maintenance department.
  • Generate reports on Planning and Scheduling, Job tracking, and die checklist.
  • Approve hourly employee's time entries.
  • Keep GM informed of all items pertinent to the successful operation of their department.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned or directed to accommodate the customer.
  • Communicate effectively with employees and management staff.
  • Perform compulsory overtime as necessary and in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce Rules of Conduct (sign off agreement) in your hire package.
  • Provide and/or participate in training as required.
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce all company rules, regulations, and policies as stated in the Employee Handbook.
  • Comply, ensure and enforce the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
  • Report any deficiencies in systems, facilities, machinery, equipment, and/or tools immediately to all appropriate departments.
  • Record and/or report product damage/nonconformities to your supervisor as required.
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce Quality Assurance policies and procedures.
  • Participate and contribute to effective production efficiency.
  • Abide by all Company policies including, but not limited to the following: Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental Systems, Human Resources policies, and the Company Employee Handbook.

Work Environment:

  • 20% office, 80% plant floor (PPE required).
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) particularly the "Duties of Workers" as stated in section 28.
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (WSIB).
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Comply, ensure, and enforce Health and Safety rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Safety glasses and safety shoes must be worn at all times in the plant.
  • Be aware of moving lift trucks at all times.
  • Hearing protection must be worn in the press room at all times.
  • All employees are prohibited from working under dies which are suspended from hoists, cranes, or forklifts.

Health and Safety:

  • Must work in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, Company and plant rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Must use or wear Personal Protective Equipment and certain clothing as required by the Company.

Other Duties:

  • This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities required for this job. Duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Decision Making & Authority

  • Tooling stop production when Quality is in question.
  • Delegation of tasks amongst departments.
  • Performance Management; progressive discipline and performance appraisals.
  • Safety and efficiency.
  • Oversee department of approximately 20 people.


  • Working in a great team environment.
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance.
  • Safety shoe and prescription safety glasses reimbursement.
  • Supplier discounts.
  • Tuition reimbursement and training opportunities.

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Onward Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.  We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits promotions, training, termination or any other condition of employment or career development.   All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, veteran status, disability status or any other legally protected status

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