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Set Up Technician


As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand. STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Set Up Technician  to join our Accessories department at STIHL Inc. corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA!


This individual will set up machines as specified by work order or blueprints and assist in the maintenance of tooling to ensure readiness prior to set-up.  They will ensure safety devices are installed and tested . In addition, they will develop manufacturing plans, prepare production schedules and work orders, and allocate manpower, equipment, materials, and machines. As a Set Up Technician at STIHL Inc., this individual will coordinate maintenance services with the aim of maximizing production capacity and support the development of health, safety, and environmental protection programs.


Position highlights include: 

  • Competitive Compensation  
  • Extensive Benefits, such as health insurance effective within one month of start, multiple bonus opportunities,  401(k) with company match and PENSION!


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.
  • May organize and assign 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 as they may be related to work in progress.  Integrates required revisions to products or processes as necessary.
  • 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 test settings and makes adjustments to speed, feed, tool or mold setting, etc., to ensure product conformance with defined specification.
  • Communicates special operating instructions to machine operator as necessary.
  • Responds to machine operator questions regarding settings or changes to settings during machine production.
  • Performs basic preventative maintenance and cleaning on machines to minimize the possibility of future machine downtime.  Alerts supervisor and maintenance department of major machine problems.
  • Completes required paperwork to record set up procedures, settings, etc.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned


Education: High school diploma or GED

Licenses/Certifications: Apprenticeship graduation preferred

Work Experience: 1-3 years.  Previous set-up experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • All work affecting product quality shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills, and experience.
  • Average score on basic skill test batteries.       
  • Average score on mechanical concepts test batteries.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach