MGS is part of a new industry-led Polymer Apprenticeship. As a polymer processing technologist, you will be responsible for the efficient setup and operation of polymer processing lines to produce plastic components in line with industry standards. You will work with production teams to address machine, material, mold, die, or tooling issues, including complex tooling assembly and breakdown. The qualification at the end of this apprenticeship will be a Level 7 Degree BSc. in Polymer Processing Technology. This is a three-year course in conjunction with TUS (Athlone IT) with 70% of the time spent "on the job" at MGS and 30% of the time spent in TUS (Athlone IT). This is a fantastic opportunity to progress within the company, with MGS supporting both the application process and fees during the course of the program itself. Internal mentorship will be provided to successful candidates with exposure to various areas within the technical space during training and development. More information is available at: polymer-technology-apprenticeship-brochure-nov-23.pdf

Entry requirements are as follows:

  • Leaving Cert. (or equivalent), Grade 06 at ordinary level in 5 subjects 2 of which must be maths & a language (English or Irish).

  • This criterion does not apply to over 23’s but all applicants will follow company & SOLAS recruitment procedures.

Successful candidates will remain in a machine operator role (job spec below) during the course and may progress into their new development role upon successful completion of year 2 or 3.  This will be dependent on performance both internally and externally on the course and feedback associated.


JOB TITLE: Machine Operator (Year 1 and 2)

REPORTS TO: Shift Supervisor

MGS Mfg. Group Ltd (Ireland) is a leading global provider of optimized manufacturing solutions for high precision plastics products with services including engineering and design-for-manufacture; mould-making; sampling & development; injection moulding; value-added contract manufacturing operations; multi-shot technologies; scalable automation and turnkey manufacturing systems.


Key Responsibilities/Daily Duties:

The Machine Operator:

  • Ensures the quality of the parts produced by inspecting parts visually and through measuring devices; records measurement information and alerts appropriate personnel of any deviations from the customer specification or part print.

  • Indicates the status of the part (Accept/Reject) according to proper procedure and specifications; packages parts per customer specification and places finished product in correct location.

  • Completes machine report on a daily basis; records machine shot counts, press scrap, machine cycle time and daily production.

  • Uses and understands statistical process control; monitors the quality of the product through Statistical Process Control (SPC), including the input of data into the computer.

  • Maintains methods/procedures and all supporting documentation to meet the requirements of Quality Systems ISO9001:2000, ISO13485 and Environmental Management Systems ISO14001

  • Adhere to all safety precautions with machinery, tools, and devices, including use of relevant personal protective equipment (e.g. gown, cap, safety shoes, etc.)

  • Checks part counts by weighing them; sets scale and verifies scale accuracy.

  • Ensures that the correct raw materials are being used at each moulding machine; ensures raw material is staged/ready for next shift

  • Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly manner by practicing good housekeeping.

  • Performs additional duties at the request of the direct supervisor.

The successful candidate must:

  • be eligible to work in Ireland

  • previous experience in a manufacturing environment preferred;

  • be willing to work on a 4-shift roster basis in a busy 24/7 manufacturing operation;

  • have good verbal reasoning, numerate ability and mechanical aptitude skills;

  • have good communication skills, both written and oral.

  • have basic knowledge and understanding of computers.

MGS is an equal opportunities employer.

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