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 Subject : Master Model Maker.. 06/07/2017 04:39:00 PM 
Samanthi Martinez
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Job Description
Global Consumer Design
Master Model Maker

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool is the industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of home appliances. Whirlpool is a global company and markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names in more than 170 countries around the world.

Whirlpool is a company that creates innovative solutions and products to meet consumer needs. As a result, we have been recognized as one of the world's 100 most innovative companies by Business Week magazine and the Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, Whirlpool Corporation was ranked among the Top 20 Innovators in Consumer Products by The Patent Board and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 Companies for Leaders by Hewitt Associates and Fortune magazine.

Our unique business strategy provides us with an unmatched leadership position and ability to build and sustain loyalty to our brands. Our strategy allows us to move with greater speed to better serve our trade customer and end consumers around the globe.

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Master Model Maker​ opening in our Global Consumer Design​ department.

What does the GCD 3D Studio (Model Shop) do:
This group produces prototype full-scale models to support all aspects of Global Consumer Design activity. This includes supporting the advanced design studio and all category production design studios. Level of models range from very simple low fidelity component models all the way through to high fidelity, fully functional, complete appliance models (these Hi Fi models look exactly like a factory built unit). Sizes range from small countertop appliances and accessories to large capacity built-in refrigerators. The work requires a creative and flexible approach to ensure success, high quality and on time deliverables.

Day to Day (what a typical day or week looks like in this role)
As a Master Model Maker you will need to partner with Industrial Designers and Studio Engineers from all of the GCD studios. We will look to you to partner/lead, in the planning, execution, outsourcing, and communication of important model builds. The role demands excellent communication skills, the ability to change direction frequently, and an ability to track several aspects (machining, finishing, rapid prototyping, outsourcing, and assembly) of a build consistently.

You will also be expected to mentor and coach 3D Technicians and to provide advice and insights to shop leadership regarding build options and direction. We expect you to be aware of technological advancements in materials and processes and have the ability to propose and champion innovative solutions and ideas.

What You Will Do
  • Construct high quality, detailed, prototype models using plastics, wood, metals, Ren and various density foam materials.
  • Operate model shop equipment safely, such as: mills, table saws, routers, bandsaws, and general shop hand tools.
  • Participate in planning of all significant model builds.
  • Own your assigned projects from beginning to end.
  • Understand vendor capabilities and make recommendations for outsourcing.
  • Provide expertise and recommendations to Industrial Designers and Studio Engineering on best direction for builds.
  • Lead regular meetings (daily if necessary) to review build progress and address concerns with the project team.
  • Communicate needs regarding resources, outsourcing, materials, etc to the shop supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Update the shop leadership daily on progress, with particular emphasis on any negative impact on quality or timing to any project.
  • Provide support on other builds occurring in the shop.
  • Grow and maintain effective partnerships with project requestors and other GCD disciplines.
  • Effectively document project activities and direction changes.
  • Establish, or improve, internal development processes relative to shop activities (Continuous Improvement)
  • Drive and own 5S - (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain)

What You Need To Succeed
  • A desire to work on new, innovative projects.
  • Work in a team environment with other multi-talented individuals.
  • Excellent personal, organizational and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Attention to detail is a must.
  • Ability to stay calm in the face of stressful projects and tight deadlines (expect multiple scope changes on projects)
  • Ability to finish and paint models would be an added advantage.
  • Take responsibility for modeling activity on multiple projects.

Experience Level:
  • A four year model building degree or equivalent degree and five + years related experience.
  • Or, two year technical degree and seven + years related experience.
  • Or, nine + years modeling experience.
  • Related Experience within Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Products industries.
  • 3+ year’s in product design activities working with industrial designers, engineers, vendors in new product development.

  • Ability to program and operate CNC equipment. Surfcam, Gibbs-cam, or CREO experience desired.
  • Experience using a 3D CAD systems (Pro-Engineer (ProE) Rhino, SolidWorks).
  • Knowledge of Google Suites applications, Magics and Adobe Illustrator software a plus.
  • Knowledge of 3D printers and laser engraving equipment a plus.
  • Work flexible hours and able to work weekends as needed to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks to meet challenging deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs - with or without assistance.

Endless Opportunities
Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.

If interested, contact:
Lori Reed
Whirlpool Corporation - Benton Harbor, MI
Sam Martinez, Executive Director
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