Tooling Lead

Paragon D&E - Grand Rapids, MI2.9

Full-timeEstimated: $49,000 - $67,000 a year

Familyowned and operated since 1942, Paragon D&E is a leader in advancedmanufacturing. With a strong history in injection and compression tooling,Paragon has evolved into a multifaceted organization with a diverse productline serving Aerospace, Defense, Nuclear, Heavy Truck, Automotive,Agricultural, Oil and Gas and other industries. Paragon is a state-of-the-artfacility with the latest machining technology and continually invests in ourteam and equipment.

Paragonis committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. Webelieve that honesty and integrity create trust, which is the cornerstone ofour business.

Werecognize that our success depends on the talent, skills and expertise of ourpeople and our ability to function as a tightly integrated team. Communicationand respect are essential elements of a positive and productive businessrelationship. We promote a caring and helpful approach to those we work withand the community around us.


The Tool RoomEngineer will be an expert in metal work tooling so that they can confidently leadsupport for all aspects of Paragon’s CNC needs. They will manage the tool room forinternal customers and coordinate with external suppliers. This individual willproactively learn and instruct others in best practices regarding proper use ofCNC tooling.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include thefollowing, other duties may be assigned


  • Leads tool room team for all tool roomfunctions.
  • Lead Paragon tooling strategy for all machineswith machine supervisors, leads, and machinists.
  • Collaborate with Sales and Estimating.
  • Participate in design reviews concerning specialtooling needs related to project specifics.
  • Participates in the SQDIP visual managementprocess.
  • Coordinates 5S activities and projects for toolroom area.


  • Managesall Paragon Tooling through coordination with CNC work centers.
  • Organizesand coordinates delivery and receipt of job specific tooling to CNC work centers.
  • MaintainsZoller digital tool database and “TMS” tooling management software.
  • Responsiblefor managing the quality of work holding components.
  • Responsiblefor managing the quality of tooling and holders.
  • ProvidesZoller measurements for internal customer needs.
  • Providescalibration checks for CNC probes.
  • Managersthe Paragon consignment inventory.
  • Coordinatesinventory supply and demand with vendors to maintain appropriate levels.
  • Assurethe best tooling technology aligns with today’s best machining standards.
  • Seeksout vendors and suppliers to obtain RFQ’s while negotiating costs.
  • Selectsvendors and product brands for tool testing and performance.
  • Performstool cost analysis.
  • Proactivelystays up to date with new tooling technology and can make recommendations fromthis knowledge.
  • Workswith Machine Leads and Programmers to establish tool management requirementsfor sister tooling and to calculate tooling life expectancy.
  • Responsiblefor the scheduling, development, and management of cutter testing and use criteria.


  • Promotes effective learning by developingtraining guidelines and visual tools.
  • Trains and directs employees on proper tool useand standard tool management.
  • Educates employees on tool room rules forutilizing the exchange between room and CNC machine.


High School Diploma or equivalent with 10+ years of machining various materialsor mold making experience. Experience operating a Zoller tool measurementmachine preferred. Experience working/negotiating with tooling vendors and/orsuppliers also preferred. Tooling management software experience a plus.


The physical demands described here are representativeof those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essentialfunctions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, theemployee is regularly required to sit and use hands and fingers to handle, or feelobjects, tools or controls. Theemployee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


DetailOriented – Diligently attends to detail and checkswork to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Organizationand Planning – Efficiently coordinates resources, prioritizes and anticipates customer needsto meet demand.

Creativeand Innovative Thinking – Proactivelyidentifies new and cost-effective ways of doing things to increase effectiveness,quality and efficiencies.

Communication– Diligently communicates to internalcustomers by facilitating pro-active conversations about tooling needs.

CustomerFocused – Responsive to Machinists needs ensuringon-time delivery with the tools they need to do their jobs.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Machining or Mold Making: 10 years (Required)


  • High school or equivalent (Required)