Set Up Technician - Injection Molding


As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand.  Since revolutionizing the forestry industry in Germany with the first electric chainsaw in 1926, the STIHL name has remained synonymous with outstanding innovations, high-quality products and comprehensive service. STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Set-up Technician to join our Trimmer Line team at our corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA! With competitive compensation, excellent benefits and exciting growth potential, it's a great time to join the STIHL team.


This changeover, set up and operate as available, various types of injection molding machines, ensuring correct machine settings, tool or mold, and operation sequences. They may assign, direct, and coordinate machine set up and other operations to lower level technicians or operators. They will also provide work direction and training as appropriate.


Position highlights include: 

  • Competitive Compensation starting at $29.87 an hour with multiple bonus opportunities
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability  
  • Pension Plan & 401k with employer match 
  • Vacation, Sick, & Paid Holidays  

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • In the absence of the supervisor, directs, supervises and coordinates machine set ups and operations requiring a broad knowledge of injection processes, plastic compounds and production engineering applications. 
  • Functions as the shift lead to set up operators if applicable.
  • Organizes and assigns work to utilize available skills, knowledge and experience, labor hours, machines and tooling to the best advantages to obtain most favorable machining costs, quality and workmanship.
  • Coordinates production with Quality Assurance inspection activities related to work in process and first piece approvals.
  • Receives work orders from production schedules or verbal instruction from supervisor or Lead person and verifies proper tooling or mold requirements.
  • Selects proper tooling or mold and prepares materials needed for proper machine set up, testing and operation.
  • Inserts and secures required tools or molds to meet scheduled production, ensuring proper placement and setting and using manual or mechanical assistance to transfer tool or mold when necessary.
  • Operates machine to validated process settings and makes adjustments to speed, temperature, tool or mold setting, etc. to ensure product conformance with defined specification. 
  • Integrates required revisions to products or processes as necessary based upon inspection results.
  • Responds to machine operator questions regarding settings or changes to settings during machine production.
  • Performs basic preventative maintenance and cleaning on machines and molds to minimize the possibility of future machine downtime. 
  • Alerts supervisor and maintenance department of major machine problems.
  • Performs related assignments as requested.


  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus 2 years related experience and/or training. 
  • Average score on basic skills and mechanical concepts test batteries.
  • Uses hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls. 
  • Reaches with hands and arms. Frequently stands, walks, stoops, kneels and crouches.
  • Lifts and/or moves up to 35 pounds frequently and lifts and/or moves with mechanized assistance up to 5 tons occasionally.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach