Current Openings

Dura-Bar (a division of Charter Dura-Bar, and a subsidiary of Charter Manufacturing Company) is a manufacturer of continuous cast iron bar stock, located in Woodstock, IL which is an easy commute from either Rockford or Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, including 401(k) with company match, profit sharing, medical and dental insurance, educational assistance and paid vacation; and the opportunity to work for a well-known, respected, stable company that promotes a family atmosphere. 

Dura-Bar currently has the following job openings:

Human Resources Intern

Position SummaryThis opportunity will provide HR experience from recruiting, safety, benefits, compensation, employee relations and event planning. The HR Intern will be responsible for working on key projects supporting the different facets of HR.  The HR Intern will become part of the department and will be exposed to varying HR issues, at times working directly with a HR team member and at other times working on projects independently.  The HR Intern will become a key contributor in the recruiting process and team participation throughout the organization. Project work will vary from employee relations, research on new programs, company event planning and HCM/training database systems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a Four-Year degree program for Human Resources, Business or related field with current status of at least a sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Administrative and data entry skills (filing, organization, etc).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Customer service experience.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with HR Practices and HR Law.

Major Accountabilities

  • Maintaining employee file accuracy.
  • Will have primary responsibility for updating and maintaining the training database/needs assessment for all employees.
  • Responsible for participating in Charter Manufacturing annual intern event.
  • Involved in conducting New Hire Orientation.
  • Will provide employee customer service as an HR resource.
  • HR related project work, including assistance with recruitment, benefits administration, research, creating reports and event planning.

Marketing Intern

Position SummaryThe marketing intern will primarily focus on marketing research and analyzing market data for trends.  An emphasis on innovative concepts will play a key role in tracking and analyzing data.  The marketing intern will have the opportunity to work on special projects and provide support to the sales and marketing team.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a 4-year degree program
  • Current status of at least a Sophomore level
  • GPA 2.75
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous internship within marketing arena
  • Familiarity and/or experience with general business practices
  • Free-minded creative thinker 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite is a plus

Major Accountabilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing social media, seeking out new business opportunities and incorporating data.  In addition, providing media and marketing research and campaign conception.


Mechanical Engineering Intern

Position SummarySupport of the Engineering Department. Exposure to and project participation in many functional areas. Expand and enhance basic knowledge in conjunction with academic subjects of study. Interact with supervisors, project leaders, engineers, technicians, and those with skilled trades on a daily basis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a 4-year degree program with a major in mechanical or similar discipline
  • Junior level with minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrates software application skills in Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity in AutoCad, Solid Works, or similar program
  • Ability to take initiave
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize
  • Strong verbal and written communciation skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous internship within engineering field or company
  • Demonstrated project design and implementation
  • Creative mindset and innovative thinker

Major Accountabilities

Support mechanical engineering staffs by performing basic and repetitive engineering assignments in the design, development, and production areas. Participate in a variety of rotational assignments in functional areas; design and development, machine shop, engineering, materials, and manufacturing. 

Safety Intern

Position SummaryTo provide administrative, project, and safety training support to the Safety and Human Resources Department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a Four-Year degree program for Occupational Safety or related field with current status of at least a junior level.
  • Computer skills – Word Documents, Spreadsheets (Microsoft Office).
  • Training skills (Ability to communicate effectively with small and large groups)
  • Administrative skills (filing, organization, etc).
  • Basic knowledge of OSHA Standards.
  • Ability to adapt work schedule to work occasional evenings and nights.
  • 2.75 grade point minimum

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a production environment.

Major Accountabilities

  • Safety Projects (Lockout, Confined Spaces, Fall Protection).
  • Conduct Plant Safety Inspections and Safety Observations of Employees.
  • Assist in managing safety programs
  • Assist in developing and delivering Safety Training.
  • Assist in Accident Investigations and Follow-ups.
  • Be a resource for plant Safety Teams.

Electrician A

Position SummaryThe Electrician A maintains, trouble-shoots and upgrades equipment; repairs to meet code and operates to specification.  Directs apprentices & contractors on projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Electrical Apprenticeship or 2 year degree (Electricl, Electronic or Robotics)
  • 4 years of industrial electrician related experience
  • Ability to interpret and apply NEC and engineering regulations on a practical basis
  • Ability to interpret electrical schematics
  • Ability to demonstrate trouble-shooting ability
  • Knowledge of drives, controls, motion controllers, PLCs and motors
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of medium voltage power distribution systems
  • Knowledge of SCRs, rectifiers, capacitors and resistors

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years of PLC programming
  • Knowledge of VFDs and motion control systems
  • Machine tool, fork truck and crane experience
  • Previous foudry experience

Major Accountabilities

  • LOTO program
  • Ensure equipment safety codes and electrical standards are met
  • Subject matter expert for electrical systems
  • ARC flash program
  • Layout control panels using schematics and I/O mapping

Electrician- Third Shift

Position SummaryThe Electrician is responsible for trouble-shooting and upgrading equipment. In addition, this lead role includes mentoring apprentice electricians.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed electrical apprenticeship or completed 2 year technical degree (Electrical, Electronic, or Robotics).

  • 4 years of industrial electrician related experience working in a manufacturing environment.

  • Ability to interpret and apply NEC and engineering regulations on a practical basis.

  • Ability to interpret electrical schematics in aid of troubleshooting and project implementation.

  • Knowledge of Medium Voltage power distribution systems.

  • Proficient in the use and interpretations of test equipment such as DVM, process meters, oscilloscope, and megger.

  • Knowledge of Drives, controls, motion controllers, PLCs and motors

  • Knowledge of operation of SCRs, rectifiers, capacitors and resistors.

  • Ability to lay out control panels using schematics and I/O mapping.

  • Understanding of NEC and NFPA-70E.

  • Demonstrate proper diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 + years of PLC programming (Allen Bradley, Siemen, GE, etc.)

  • Extensive knowledge of VFD’s and motion control systems

  • PID loop programming and troubleshooting

  • Machine Tool, Fork Truck & Crane experience

  • Advanced knowledge and aptitude on hydraulic, pneumatic, combustion, machining and mechanical systems.

  • Formal training in VFD’s (Allen Bradley, Emerson, Magnetek, or PEI)

  • 4 + years troubleshooting automated systems (material handling, machine tools, and metal casting equipment)

  • 4+ years working in Foundry troubleshooting and maintaining Inductive melt and holding furnaces


Major Accountabilities

  • LOTO program

  • Ensure equipment safety codes & electrical standards are met.

  • Serves as a subject matter expert for electrical systems.

  • Direct apprentices & contractors as required on projects.

  • ARC flash program.

  • Ensure repairs meet code & operate to specification.

  • Layout control panels using schematics and I/O mapping.

  • Train electrical apprentices

Responsibility for Supervision

  • Indirect: Mentoring Electricians & Apprentices

Machine Tool Maintenance Mechanic

Position Summary

The Machine Tool Maintenance Mechanic is responsible for maintenance and repair of all manufacturing equipment with a general focus on the finishing equipment in the plant.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced understanding of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems.
  • Ability to read blue-prints, electrical schematics and hydraulic diagrams.
  • An in-depth understanding of the application of technical documents such as machine & equipment manuals and safety documentation.
  • An in depth understanding of CNC controls such as Siemens and Mazatrol.
  • The ability to diagnose various sources of mechanical and industrial control related issues on CNC machines.
  • The ability to operate manual mills, lathes, saws, and drill presses.
  • Good manual dexterity and ability to use hand and power tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess good interpersonal, listening, and participation skills including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Strong skills and aptitude in math

Preferred Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of machine tool equipment design (servo motors, servo drives, encoders, etc.) is highly desirable.
  • Formal training with hydraulics and CNC machine control.
  • 5 plus years of experience with CNC and machine tool repair and maintenance.
  • 5 plus years of experience maintaining/repairing Gisholt turret lathes & Cincinnati duplex mills.
  • Highly proficient with computers.

Major Accountabilities

  • Perform advanced preventive and predictive maintenance inspections and repairs.
  • Perform advanced troubleshooting on equipment mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and CNC control systems.
  • Determine appropriate corrective action for unplanned equipment failures including repairs, overhauls, and rebuilds.
  • Perform and observe operational checks to ensure that all problems have been corrected.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and sequence work including ordering required parts and staging necessary tools and equipment.
  • Determine and/or develop maintenance procedures when documentation is not available.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of maintenance work performed.

Maintenance Mechanic

Position SummaryInstalls, maintains, and troubleshoots material handling equipment, pollution control equipment, production equipment, and manufacturing facility. Demonstrates high level of skill in using appropriate machine and hand tools.  Has necessary experience in accepted mechanical maintenance practices and procedures along with repair welding, cutting and rigging skills.

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • 5 plus years on the job experience
  • Formal maintenance training/certifications
  • Possess good interpersonal, listening, and participation skills including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. 
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Major Accountabilities

  • Performs a wide variety of machine installation, maintenance and troubleshooting work to keep production and support equipment in operating conditions
  • Installs and replaces anti-frinciton bearings in all types of plant equipment such as  oscillating converoys, cut off and sawing equipment, centerless grinders, trepanning lathes, and many others; knows and  uses correct practices and procedures.
  • Installs, repairs, replaces, and troubleshoots power transmission drives and aligns and adjusts sheaves and couplings
  • Plan, layout, and install complex wiring circuits and distribution centers in conformance with establishes electrical codes; plan, measure, bend, and fir conduit.
  • Installs and troubleshoots motor control centers, power distribution panels, lighting panels and controls on plant equipment such as bar pulling machines, cut off equipment, centerless grinders, trepanning lathes, dust collectors, melting and holding furnaces and other similar types of equipment.
  • Repairs or replaces all components in the bar pulling systems overhead cranes, and Finishing Department equipment.
  • Proceeds independently to do jobs such as replacing a hydraulic cylinder on a holding furnace repairing a transmission in a centerless grinder , or replacing a coil on  cordless  furnace
  • Performs all work required to rig, move and erect all types of equipment for new installation, major part replacement, and layout changes; operates fork lift truck sometimes equipped with special attachments in a manner peculiar to maintenance for lifting, pulling and transporting; skillfully sues all types of rigging and hoisting equipment such as chain falls, jacks, and ratcheting hoists.
  • Uses maintenance shop tools in a skillful, competent and safe manner, including machine tools such as drill press, power saw and the hydraulic press as well as eclectic drills, grinders, sanders, pneumatic hammers, welding and cutting torches, wrenches hammers and a variety of others.
  • Follows all plant safety rules; knows how to lock out all plant equipment so that it is safe to work on; users safety equipment appropriate for the job; is aware of the safety of others.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Responsibility for Supervision


Manufacturing Engineer Manager

Position Summary This position oversees the manufacturing engineering activities which cover development and implementation of manufacturing processes to maintain product functionality, quality and cost efficiency.  This position ensures the various engineering activities (manufacturing, process and industrial engineering) and production departments work together cohesively by providing good process control, product design, product lifecycle management, material workflow, people utilization, scheduling and capacity planning.  This position will be responsible for the key systems including: Manufacturing Execution System (MES), APQP database for quoting and launching new product, Production Reporting database, Process Improvement Investigations, Engineering Change Orders and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) master item Bill of Materials (BOMs), routings and tools. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing, Mechanical, or Metallurgical Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of design or process related experience working in a foundry or metal processing factory.
  • Drafting and CAD skills.
  • ERP, MES, and Product Data Management (PDM) database experience.
  • Continuous Improvement, Lean Tools, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Root-Cause Analysis experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams as a leader and as a member.
  • Ability to communicate and influence engineering driven change.
  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft Products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business fields.

  • Continuous Metal Casting experience.

  • Project management experience.

  • Fabrication, machining and general equipment assembly knowledge.

  • Experience with engineering design for casting process.

  • Oracle and AutoCAD software experience.

Major Accountabilities

  • Partner with technical staff to define process and product, especially as it relates to melting, processing and casting of iron.

  • Work with appropriate functions and staff to eliminate recurring problems through mistake proofing, automation, and process improvement.

  • Manage process control databases that are integrated with operations and implement automated systems (MES – Production Shop Floor).

  • Iterative product development leveraging established capabilities and technologies to launch variations of current product lines (manage APQP quoting and launch processes).

  • Optimize current technologies and manufacturing processes to improve safety, quality, manufacturing cycle times, asset utilization and total product costs.

  • Review, define and prioritize project requests, especially related to manufacturing process product improvements.

  • Coordinate with Quality Department for customer interactions.

  • Develop and implement scheduling and capacity studies, including material, standard rates and workflows in various departments.

  • Review, approve and update production and customer CAD drawings.

  • Work closely with finance and project engineers to provide ROI calculations, production studies, budgets and other cost improvement efforts.

  • Develop process, analysis and reports to analyze production and utility data.

  • Support and guide plant-wide Continuous Improvement efforts.

Responsibility for Supervision

  • Direct: Engineering and CAD Operator Staff

  • Indirect: Technicians and supervisors on production process and product decisions, engineers on assignment to manufacturing activity.

Plant Engineering Manager

Position SummaryResponsible for Project Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Reliability Engineering and Maintenance support activity within Charter Dura-Bar.  Supervise and develop engineering staff.  Facilitate project management through project database with priority and progress review.  Coordinate requests and develop teamwork with Quality, Safety, Operations, Procurement, Maintenance and Finance Departments.  Drive Reliability Engineering activities to deliver equipment up-time.  Review and approve purchase expense spending for equipment upgrades, major repairs, facility improvements and safety general initiatives.  Coordinate and plan safety improvements, especially around material handling, machine guarding, LOTO and fall protection.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent.

  • Five plus years of engineering experience working in a manufacturing environment.

  • Three plus years of engineering or project management experience or equivalent.

  • Skill in project justification proposals and return on investment business case development.

  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal requiring tact and discretion.

  • Strong interpersonal skills in engaging with others and learning their area of the business.

  • Ability to communicate and influence engineering driven change.

  • Strong conflict management skills.

  • Ability to get work done through others and self-starter requiring little or no supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering or business or related field or equivalent.

  • Foundry or casting environment experience preferred.

  • Basic Mechanical, Electrical and drafting knowledge (Solid Works preferred).

  • Strong analytical skills to gather data from multiple sources and report findings.

  • Continuous Improvement, Lean Tools, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Root-Cause Analysis experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple tasks while being detail oriented.

  • Ability to work in teams as a leader and as a member.

  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft Products.

Major Accountabilities

  • Manage Dura-Bar Plant Engineering and Equipment Reliability efforts.
  • Manage staff and workload levels given engineering backlog, reactive work and planned activity for Project and Electrical Engineers.
  • Assign, track and hold accountable engineering staff on assignments and responsibilities.
  • Manage engineering staff development including training, performance goals, annual reviews, position profiles and project accountability. 
  • Submit quarterly capital budget updates and annual business plans.
  • Oversee annual intern/co-op program and ongoing Engineering recruitment.
  • Review and approve engineering designs, transactions, travel and proposals.
  • Coordinate and support Team Mandated Improvement projects.
  • Sustain engineering systems, tools and standards.
  • Coordinate plant shutdowns with maintenance and operations departments.
  • Investigate and recommend redesign of facility/equipment, recommend replacement plans and improvements to equipment to improve reliability (OEE).
  • Prepare and submit required reports to upper management.
  • Provide support to maintenance through Reliability programs, predictive maintenance, redesigns, direct troubleshooting and repairs with key staff.
  • Use personal computer, hand tools, other common office equipment, plant equipment and occasional use of CAD software.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed.
  • Accepting multiple tasks from various levels of management yet maintaining strict deadlines.
  • Balancing planned project load given daily reactive work and new requests.  Need to prioritize, clarify requirements and realize defined scopes.
  • Influencing and driving change or process control without direct authority, especially when opinions on solution and process history may vary.

Responsibility for Supervision

  • Responsible for supervision of up to 5 persons

Production Workers

Position SummaryCharter Dura-Bar has job opportunities in an exciting and challenging environment that encourages team performance and contribution to continuous improvement.  Our organization is dynamic and innovative, with competitive pay and great benefits.  As our company continues to grow, we have the need to increase staff in the production areas on 2nd and 3rd shifts.  Production positions include jobs within the foundry related to meltiing, finishing, transporting,  and maintaining machines and work areas.  

If you are a hard worker, motivated by the opportunity for advancement and growth, this might be the opportunity for you.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidate must be self motivated,  dependable with a good attendance, and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated work ethic and previous experience in a manufacturing environment are also required.
  • Must be able to lift, push and pull up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in a cold/hot environment and stand for long periods of time.
  • High School or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

Computer skills a plus.
Previous work in a foundry.

Major Accountabilities

  • Ability to work methodically and efficiently
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and use technical equipment
  • Awareness of safety and quality standards
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Good fitness levels – position includes heavy lifting

Interested candidates can mail a resume to Dura-Bar, c/o Human Resources Department, 1800 West Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock, IL 60098 or fax it to 815-206-6801 or e-mail it to

1800 West Lake Shore Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098


800-BAR-MILL (227-6455)

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