Prototype Specialist

Operations Lincoln, Nebraska


Position at Lincoln Industries



Job Title:  Prototype Specialist

Job Code: PROTOSPEC001


SUMMARY:  To initiate and complete sample parts for new projects.  Develop processes and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of the process while integrating into the production schedule.  The subject matter process expert for the area.


WAGE TYPE:  Hourly

FLSA Exemption:  Non-Exempt


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Follows established safety guidelines.
  • Develop processes for new products.
  • Create bending programs for part runs on Crippas, YLM, Schwarze, Pines #4/#6.
  • Ability to make bender adjustments to fix gross defects as well as clamp set-ups.
  • Know how to read customer prints.
  • Create worksheets based on customer prints for programming parts on benders (converting XYZ to LRA data).
  • Be able to change tooling on RFM’s for various end form configurations.
  • Ability to alter and create programs on the ISM 6/10, TSM, RFM’s, IES and eagle sizer.
  • Ability to create or alter pin stamps in Telesis.
  • Ability to use hand grinders.
  • Ability to use belt sander.
  • Ability to use a saw to cut parts (HEM, Dake, Ellis) .
  • Ability to use measuring equipment (goniometer, angle finders, tape measurers, micrometers, Romer arm).
  • Ability to program ROMER arm programs.
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision and able to manage a dynamic workload with changing priorities.
  • Ability to flex work schedule to produce parts on available machines.
  • Ability to use a MIG welder for tacking parts.
  • Ability to use check gauges for end configurations that require them.
  • Ability to work with others to have parts welded, insulated, and final full scan measurements done.
  • Communicates through the Engineering and Operations Manager on prototype builds and following priorities. 
  • Ability to assist engineering in the estimating process by using the quote model.
  • Handles “Special” requests for internal and external customers.
  • Sets up and controls equipment and processes in order to meet part specifications.
  • Completes process steps to ensure work instructions are correct.
  • Develop/order racks, fixtures, or tooling needed for the work.
  • Ability to de-burrs or polish parts by use of grinder or buffer as needed.


  • Change tools on power equipment as needed.
  • Confers with the customer to provide technical advice to resolve problems and address value-added opportunities.
  • Responsible for developing travelers and/or visual work instructions.
  • Assures smooth transition to production by working with appropriate lines and auditing.
  • PIF, PIP, and PPAP documentation/development.
  • Assists and trains team members in the proper processes and procedures.
  • Helps troubleshoot quality and process problems.
  • Could potentially handle hazardous waste in containerizing, transporting, testing, or other assigned duties.
  • Environmental responsibility is our commitment to our communities.
  • Proper disposal of waste such as recyclables, standard waste, hazardous waste, etc. is expected.
  • Could potentially come in contact with hazardous chemicals
  • Any other tasks as required fulfilling Lincoln Industries' Beliefs and Drivers



  • Reports to:  Operations Manager


QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be substituted for the expected levels of education and experience required.


Education and/or Experience:

Expected:   High school diploma or equivalent experience in electroplating, fabrication, coatings, and/or polishing as well as customer service.              



Communication Skills:

  • Must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language.


Other Skills:

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Able to work off hours and weekends to ensure customer delivery
  • Computer skills Excel, Word, Navision


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to complete physical functions equivalent to Category B.



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