Otter Tail Corporation BTD_R & D Specialist in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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BTD Manufacturing, Inc.

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BTD_R & D Specialist


Detroit Lakes




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Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 900+ employees work from five facilities throughout the Midwest. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our

clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: Under indirect supervision, sets up and operates Equipment to complete proto-type, quality, and development jobs. Ensure a sound production process for future runs and resolve quality, packaging and rate issues.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions:

  1. Visualizes and interprets blue prints and sketches to determine best means and process for production.

  2. Must be able to communicate with sales on tooling needs and or production process changes.

  3. Monitor load report to ensure parts are completed on time, and communicate with other work centers involved. Must be willing to work extra hours to get the job done.

  4. Inspects parts to determine if blank and tooling are production ready, get either changed if necessary by communicating with programmers and tool room.

  5. Must create a complete and accurate set up sheet, and fill out “first run checklist” when necessary. Also work with quality department to insure MIS is ready for production floor and an OII is produced if needed.

  6. Follow departmental safety guidelines as well as ensuring “operator safe” setups at the time of the first run or quality job keeping ergonomics in mind

  7. Must be able to differentiate between quality, proto, one time run, and development process to achieve the desired outcome.

  8. Uses Axapta software programs to enter time/payroll information, job information, etc.

  9. Analyzes, trouble shoots and resolves problems with the equipment as required.

  10. Performs those duties as specified on the Daily Maintenance/Safety Checklist for equipment being operated.

  11. Maintains a clean and safe work area.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Graduation from high school or equivalent. Press brake setup experience preferred.

Experience and Skills Required: At least one and a half years of related mechanical and shop experience which includes the following skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to organize and run work in a timely and effective manner.

  2. Strong working knowledge of the production process and Bldg. 2 machines.

  3. Strong working knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods and practices used in production machining/forming operations.

  4. Strong working knowledge of related safety requirements to include proper use of safety equipment and proper safety precautions such as lights, guards, switches, etc.

  5. Ability to understand, follow, and issue routine oral and written instructions.

  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform

the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch

or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability

to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform

the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.