Tooling Engineer

Whisker, formerly known as AutoPets, is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 350+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

The Tooling Engineer will collaborate with Design Engineers, Process Engineers, and Quality Engineers to develop and improve product designs for robust injection molded components. The Tooling Engineer is responsible for specification and procurement of injection mold tooling required for new product development projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

  • Accountable for the development and release of Plastic Injection Tool concepts and documentation
  • Serves as internal plastic tooling and manufacturing expert by leveraging a thorough understanding of properties of various mold-making materials and tool component fabrication techniques
  • Responsible for the analytical simulation/validation of Injection Tool Concepts and final tool designs from tooling suppliers, including Mold Flow, Warp, and Cooling Analysis, etc.
  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of APCP Injection Molding Tool Design Standards
  • Collaborates with CAD Designers and Product Engineers to optimize the design of Plastic Molded Components
  • Collaborates with Manufacturing Plant Personnel (Molding Manager, Tooling Manager, Quality, etc.) on all activities related to Tooling Procurement, Validation and Set-up
  • Institute continuous process improvement measures from initial product design through production ramp of new products
  • Leads tooling technical meetings and design reviews with tooling suppliers
  • Supports purchasing activities related to the sourcing of injection molding tools.
  • Will perform additional responsibilities when required 

What You’ll Bring:

  • BS in Engineering field and/or equivalent years of experience
  • 5 years of  hands-on experience involving specification, procurement, and qualification of molds for injection molded components
  • Experience in managing complex development programs with overseas tooling vendors (Asia) is preferred
  • Experience with Moldflow analysis review and results implementation
  • Working knowledge of quality improvement, lean manufacturing methods, statistical process controls, and process capability
  • Proficient with the use of Design for Manufacturing, SPC, DOE and Six Sigma techniques
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
  • Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
  • High degree of initiative, self-motivation and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleagues

Not Required but Nice to Have!

  • Proficient in the use of CAD (CREO or similar) is preferred

Benefits & Purrks: 

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401K with 4% Match
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Top of the line equipment

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.