Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Plastic Plate, LLC - A Division of Lacks Enterprises, Inc. is seeking a Research and Development Engineer.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interaction with core R&D team and others as directed.
  • Programming, machine setup & calibration for new technologies.
  • CAD work with part and mold designs. Must be Capable of 3D modeling and surfacing.
  • CNC programming. We will train for new technologies. Must be willing to learn and take an active role.
  • Supports R&D activities and personnel as necessary.
  • Trains and develops skills using existing and new hardware, software, machinery and technologies in support of R&D goals.
  • Potential FARO portable CMM scan arm use for part measurement, data collection and reverse engineering or development activities. We will train for this as necessary.
  • Works with both software and hardware, tooling and various levels of technologies to achieve results. This means working in the office and on the R&D shop floor.
  • Develops an understanding of the final finished product appearance, test requirements and manufacturing variables in order to best create, develop and support R&D activities.
  • Attends and participates in required meetings.
  • Time management of tasks and development efforts.
  • Cost and time tracking as necessary.
  • Research and Development activities as directed.



  • A minimum of 2 years injection mold design or build experience is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years CAD experience focused in the injection mold industry is required.
  • CATIA & Rhino CAD experience preferred but not required.
  • A willingness to learn new CAD or CAM/CNC and related software as necessary.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Familiar with mold tooling handling methods.
  • High school diploma required.


Lacks Enterprises, Inc. offers a competitive and comprehensive total compensation package including:

  • Medical insurance with near-site primary care clinics
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Company paid life insurance and short term disability
  • Matching 401(k) and profit sharing
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement

* Applicable waiting periods and employee contribution to premium apply to some benefits listed above.


For over 50 years, Lacks Enterprises, Inc. has been the model of excellence, producing superior parts that uniquely reflect the expertise of our employees, our innovative ideas and our unwavering dedication to deliver our best each and every day.


Our Integrity

With the fourth generation of the founding family now advancing into leadership, Lacks Enterprises continues to promote a team-based culture where employees truly feel a bond in their efforts to satisfy customers. Working together in an environment of trust, they have done and will continue to do great things.


Our Experience

An unmatched commitment to intensive training and ongoing education provides our employees with real skills that lead them to more informed observations and better decisions. As a result, our employees exhibit unparalleled dedication and loyalty, bringing time-tested solutions to every job.


Our Edge

New technologies and process innovations are hallmarks at Lacks Enterprises, where research and development is seen as an investment in our customers. By fostering proactive inquiry and study, Lacks provides an encouraging environment for forward-thinking solutions that have direct benefits.


Our Commitment

Whether it's with our coworkers, our customers or our community, partnerships are at the heart of everything we do at Lacks Enterprises. Our organization is dedicated to making a difference at every level. Working side by side, we are always searching for a better way... and a better world.

Lacks Enterprises, Inc. is Veteran Friendly and an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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