R&D Can-Tooling Engineer


Position Description

Position Title:            R&D Can-Tooling Engineer

Labor Grade:            EP10

General Function:    

This position has responsibility to provide engineering assistance for the complete design and development of containers (i.e. aluminum cans, bottles, shaped and aerosol cans), their corresponding metal-forming tooling and support R&D activities.  Experience in can making industry, especially the D&I process for aluminum 2 piece cans or related fields, research, product development, physical testing, test data analysis, detailed design and analysis, bill of material creation and management, engineering change orders initiation and completion, creation and distribution of technical report, creation and issuance of detailed engineering drawings, is strongly preferred in this role.  The selected candidate must be available to travel domestically and internationally.

Number Direct Reports:      (0)       

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an effective working knowledge and awareness Belvac’s current documented Quality Management System as it pertains to their job assignments
  • Work with engineers and technical personnel in the R&D group to develop new 2 piece products and corresponding metal-forming tooling for Cupper, Bodymaker and Necker
  • Creation of engineering drawings for containers and related metal-forming tooling using Inventor 2015 Professional
  • Value Engineering of designs to achieve cost targets while maintaining/improving function
  • Creation of Bills of Materials, initiation and completion of Engineering Change Orders as necessary to address issues with tooling designs and/or drawings
  • Support Purchasing and Production Control by addressing inquiries related to tooling design related items
  • Support the build and commissioning of new machinery by addressing inquiries from Fabrication/Assembly related to tooling design related items
  • Support the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures for New Container & Tooling Development and Testing, including the use of statistical tools for analyzing testing results and designing experiments
  • Develop and drive the maintenance of appropriate standard project and product documentation like risk assessments, technical reports and other required engineering documentation
  • Ensure that the R&D lab works to appropriate ANSI standards and maintains documentation in accordance to ISO 9001 requirements
  • Other duties as required and defined by reporting manager
  • Assist R&D department running tooling trials and forming containers into bottles or other product types
  • Assist in the continuous process improvement of Belvac’s product line.
  • Work on special engineering projects assigned by the Department Manager

Principal Working Relationship:

Reports To:  R&D Manager - Container and Tooling Group

Coordinates activities with:

  • Specialty Containers Personnel
  • Project Management Personnel
  • Outside Vendors and Suppliers
  • Manufacturing/Assembly Personnel
  • Sales and Marketing Personnel
  • Purchasing and Production Control Personnel
  • Service Personnel
  • External customers (occasional)


BS or higher degree in Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy or Technical related field.

Skill and Experience


  • Product and tooling development for the D&I process for aluminum 2 piece cans.
  • Metal forming for Fluent in mechanical engineering and design, both problem solving solutions and 3D Solid modeling software (Autodesk Inventor preferred).
  • Apply statistical analysis techniques to trial data and develop key observations and conclusions.
  • Develops, writes, implements, submits and /or presents various technical reports in support to new product/tooling development, process improvement or productivity initiatives.
  • Work well under demanding timelines and pressure situations to meet customer requirements.
  • At least one year of experience in the application of advanced numerical and simulation methods and tools (i.e. FEA) to apply to container design and metal-forming tooling design.
  • Familiar with shop fabrication methods and techniques, and understanding of OSHA safety standards.
  • Working knowledge of industry design drafting standards such as ANSI Y14.5 (1994 or later).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and establish priorities.
  • Good hands on skills.
  • Expert knowledge on MS Office Suite computer skills.
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal.


  • Experience in the use of Quality and Engineering Tools like FMEA, Root Cause Analysis and Statistical Process Control, among others.
  • Familiar with operating common machine shop tools such as lathe, mill, band saw, etc., experience in CNC machining and programing is a strong plus.
  • Ability to develop high quality and concise technical reports.
  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001

Qualified, interested applicants should apply in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..