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:

Product Manager- Special Bar Quality

Position Summary

This position will focus and be responsible for the development of the Special Bar Quality segment at
Dura-Bar; driving product marketing strategies and programs consistent with overall business objectives utilizing traditional and innovative marketing/product approaches, tools and methodologies. The position manages the business development process from market analysis to new customer and application development for selected market segments. The Product Manager will be responsible for working with the Sales Manager and Marketing Manager in developing the overall comprehensive strategic plan in the targeted market segments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors or higher degree in science, engineering, business or marketing with a minimum of
  • 3-5 years of combined sales, marketing and/or technical experience. 
  • Firm knowledge of metals processing with 3-5 experience.
  • Experience in sales and marketing of technical materials or customized products that require application development.
  • Candidate should demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Capable of managing to completion a variety of projects and programs simultaneously and efficiently.
  • High-energy, self-motivated and responsible with mature judgment and initiative.
  • Proficient at time management with the ability to “make things happen” with minimal
  • supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). 
  • Ability to work with all levels of customer’s organization and internal management.
  • Team-oriented with the success of the company, organization and business as the main objective.
  • Ability to create effective detailed reports and marketing research documents to support internal and external market/customer initiatives.
  • Willingness to travel to domestic and international customers and end user locations – total travel greater than 50%.
  • Quantitative analytical skills. 
  • Solid understanding of margin analysis, cost drivers, and operational capabilities


Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years’ experience in the metals industry

  • A strong working knowledge of the specialty metals industry

  • Experienced in the development of industrial products in a B:B environment

  • Preferably an MBA

  • Experience with the strategic planning process

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong collaboration skills across multi-functional teams

Major Accountabilities

  • Develop and lead product marketing strategies within the sbq product line

  • Develop and execute portfolio product marketing strategies to achieve stated revenue, profitability and market share objectives

  • Drive economic value across products in the segment

  • Lead process-driven initiatives which combine new product development and process improvement to deliver improvement in quality and reliability

  • Works with supervisor and co-workers to evaluate trends in assigned segments or new but related markets to determine segment opportunities, risks and strategies

  • Works with marketing manager to support promotional materials and events

  • Working with the field sales organization, develop deep relationships with key customers within the segment

  • Direct activities to key market segments and provide necessary resources to support the field sales organization

  • Collaborate with field sales management and customers to develop and execute marketing plans and programs

  • Partner with other departments in the division to support portfolio optimization and new product launches
  • Demonstrated success in delivering aggressive sales goals originating from strategic initiatives
  • Ensures company-wide awareness of competitive landscape, market development opportunities and potential technological advantages that tie today’s initiatives to longer-term strategies and values
  •  Identifying valued market niche opportunities.
  • Maximizing profitability while maintaining strategic market share in a rapidly changing global marketplace.

  • Supporting a strong brand through a variety of customer and industry initiatives

  • Utilizing a mix of limited resources to effectively and efficiently gather data and market intelligence to support of New Product Development (NPD) process.

Responsibility for Supervision


Safety Engineer

Position Summary

Develop and implement plans to provide for the safety and health of employees at multiple business locations. Ensure compliance to state and federal regulations for all employees, equipment, and operations. Act as a resource in the areas of training, safety expertise, and arranging vendor services. Reduce Workers’ Compensation exposure through accident investigation and proactive accident reduction techniques. Report and follow-up on Workers’ Compensation requirements and claims administration.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health or related degree.
  • Five plus years’ successful safety experience.

  • Two plus years’ demonstrated leadership skills in leading cross functional teams or resources with or without direct authority; including the ability to collaborate and influence others to find the optimal solution.

  • Demonstrated experience of driving accountability and change

  • Assist with defining and executing company safety vision and strategy

  • Experience in Workers’ Compensation Insurance.

  • Working background in team environments (problem solving teams or work cells) or equivalent team training.

  • Demonstrated practical experience in safety process improvement and statutory requirements or equivalent course work, degree, or certification.

  • Experience interacting with local, state and federal regulatory agencies.

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

  • Familiarity with basic medical terminology.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Proficient in the basic features of Microsoft Office products.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health or related advanced degree.
  • One or more of the following certifications: PE, CSP, ASP, CIH.

  • Training in Total Quality Management, Continuous Improvement, and customer service systems or experience with similar processes.

  • EMT/ First Responder Certification.

Major Accountabilities

  • Promote a safe working environment for all employees at multiple business locations.

  • Identify, comply, and train applicable OSHA mandated programs. 

  • Develop and execute plans to ensure proactive compliance to OSHA mandated programs and accident prevention.

  • Maintain safety documentation per OSHA regulations.

  • Review equipment design for ergonomic considerations and safety requirements.

  • Participate in safety process implementation for the planning and construction of facilities and equipment.

  • Assist and serve as a resource for safety teams to utilize their knowledge of day-to-day operations regarding safety. Assist teams to arrive at the accident’s root cause(s). Develop an action plan and follow up system that eliminates reoccurrence.

  • Coordinate the administration of Workers’ Compensation claim handling.

  • Work closely with other safety engineers and staff at different businesses to ensure similarity in safety programs.

  • Shared responsibility for on-site personal and property security.

  • Coordinate the response to property insurance recommendations.

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance as it relates to safety to prevent accidents. Improve the safety performance to meet, if not exceed the legal requirements.

  • Maintaining compliance with all regulations and keeping current with those regulations.
  • Changing daily operational routines to include safety as a part of every job.
  • Assisting teams to implement safety procedures.
  • Influencing and driving change without direct authority.


Responsibility for Supervision



Position Summary

This position reviews material requirements, plans and purchases the highest quality materials, parts, and components, etc. at the most cost effective pricing while meeting delivery requirements.  This position develops supply RFQ’s and negotiates pricing for best overall value. The position analyzes material requirements to determine when materials will be needed, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain or related degree, or two plus years’ purchasing experience.
  • Proficiency with mathematical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills requiring tact and discretion.
  • Strong analytical skills to gather data from multiple sources and report findings.
  • Demonstrated detail orientation in gathering data and overall quality of work.
  • Ability to work in teams as a leader and as a member.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Proficiency with basic features of Microsoft Office software products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related degree.
  • Four plus years’ purchasing experience.
  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Certified in Purchasing Management (CPM).
  • Certified in production and inventory management (CPIM).
  • Ability to be a self-starter and requiring little or no supervision.
  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft Office software products.

Major Accountabilities

  • Run ERP and MES system status reports and analyze for adequate levels of materials to meet projected production needs.
  • Review all purchase requisitions and order accordingly, ensuring the purchase of the highest quality materials, parts, components, or services and negotiate pricing for the most cost effective supply while meeting delivery requirements.
  • Process purchase orders and/or blanket orders and order needed materials to meet production requirements.
  • Investigate materials and parts shortages and expedite as needed.
  • Coordinate with suppliers for materials and parts, ensuring the ability to meet production requirements and quality standards.
  • Process returns for defective materials and parts.
  • Process inventory transactions and adjustments according to departmental procedures.
  • Set up part numbers for purchase items as needed, including, pricing, costing, lead-time, supplier, and ERP and MES planning information.
  • Establish supplier managed or consignment inventories.
  • Process inventory transactions according to departmental procedures.
  • Develop RFQ’s with various departments and lead the commercial negotiations with suppliers.
  • Participate on cross-functional teams to ensure continuous, on-going improvement of processes, methods, productivity and quality, while reducing costs.
  • Read and interpret purchasing related documents such as catalogs, product-related literature, and technical books, manuals and/or blueprints.
  • Maintain confidentiality of data such as product costs which, if disclosed, might have an adverse internal effect.
  • Use personal computer and common office equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Follow Environmental, Quality and Safety Management System procedures and requirements.
  • Exchanging data with other departments and being perceived as supportive rather than intrusive
  • Diplomatic communication skills needed to influence and negotiate with vendors
  • Handling multiple projects and priorities to meet the needs of other departments
  • Involvement with other Charter Dura-Bar and Charter Manufacturing divisions to support the best overall supply arrangements for Charter Manufacturing.

Responsibility for Supervision

  • None

Electrical Engineer

Position SummaryImprove the reliability of equipment related to automation, controls, and electrical systems. Analyze performance, reliability, and maintenance data to eliminate unplanned outages and reduce the equipment life cycle costs.  Proactively develop a plan and schedule for major outages and upgrades.  Support all shifts with technical expertise, industry standards, and training to enable them to maintain, repair, and improve the plant equipment. Provide troubleshooting support on major problems and facilitate plans to address repetitive and ongoing equipment issues.  Actively identify opportunities for improvement to achieve specific goals and objectives. Simultaneously manage multiple projects and continually drive the team to look for ways to implement process improvements. Apply a hands-on approach in identifying problems that may be improved or solved using automation, hardware design, or data collection techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • Five plus years’ related experience or a combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in control system design.

  • Experience in troubleshooting and repair of electrical systems and control equipment.

  • Demonstrated skills in leading and participating in cross functional teams.

  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of an organization both verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Power Distribution and Power Electronics.

  • Extensive knowledge of electrical systems, drives, codes, and controls.

  • Understanding of NEC and NFPA-70E.

  • High level PLC programming experience.

  • Good working knowledge of AutoCAD.

  • Proficient in the advanced features of Microsoft Office products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, or related degree.

  • Previous related-industry experience.

  • Experience in a Lean manufacturing or a Continuous Improvement oriented environment.

  • Leadership and training skills.

  • Knowledge of AC/DC drives.

  • Siemens AC/DC drive and Simatic-S7 experience.

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

  • Experience with major capital projects.

  • Ability to design, interpret and draw electrical schematic (AutoCAD and/or Solid Works).


Major Accountabilities

  • Prepare reports, analyze data, and make recommendations for improving plant operations and solving electrical-related automation problems.

  • Develop project estimates and financial proposals.

  • Evaluate automation and control system needs. Initiate and carry out projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs. Oversee or perform upgrades to existing systems and implementation of new systems.

  • Maintain and improve ongoing ARC flash program.

  • Ensure repairs and redesigns meet code and operate to specification.

  • Ensure equipment meets NFPA70E and NEC requirements.

  • Communicate regularly with all interested parties, both individually and as a group, to ensure good two-way communication concerning electrical/automation issues.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and provide trouble shooting support to all departments.

  • Support a team-driven Continuous Improvement system.

  • Design and evaluate electrical control systems and components.

  • Maintain production related control and computer systems including Level 0 field devices, Level 1 PLC and HMI.

  • Directly or indirectly supervise departmental resources (employees, contractors, and/or equipment) to develop and maintain a well-organized and trained service group to the operation.

  • Keep abreast of technological changes and developments in related fields.

  • Follow Environmental Management System procedures to prevent pollution, improve environmental performance, and more than meet the legal environmental regulations.

  • Follow and help to improve Quality Management and Safety Management systems to improve performance.

  • Remaining updated on advances in controls and process technologies.

  • Taking advantage of technologies to improve processes with the primary goals of increasing production and efficiency, improving quality, and reducing waste.

  • Modernizing older equipment.

  • Managing skills gap for Electricians.

Responsibility for Supervision


Electrician "B"

Position SummaryThe “B” Electrician maintains and troubleshoots industrial equipment and demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot common equipment problems under general maintenance supervision.  The “B” Electrician is expected to repair all electrical systems, equipment and machinery of the plant facilities in accordance with codes, regulations and specifications, ensuring minimum down time of the plant operations, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed an electrical apprenticeship or completed one to three years of trades training or an associate degree from a technical college or its equivalent (Or a combination of education and experience)
  • 3 years of industrial electrician related experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, instructions, safety rules, codebooks and specifications.

  • Ability to inspect electrical systems, equipment, and machines, for possible problems.

  • Knowledge of Drives and motor controls.
  • Understanding of NEC and NFPA-70E.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of PLC programming (Allen Bradley, Siemen, GE, etc.)

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

  • PID troubleshooting

  • Crane troubleshooting experience

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

  • Troubleshooting experience with automated systems (material handling, machine tools, and metal casting equipment)

  • Work experience in a Foundry environment.

Major Accountabilities

  • LOTO program

  • Ensure equipment safety codes & electrical standards are met.

  • Ensure repairs meet code & operate to specification.

  • Trouble-shooting induction furnaces, drives and complex systems.

  • Hot & dirty environment for equipment.

  • Intermittent problems.


Responsibility for Supervision


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

Finishing Lead Person

Position SummaryDuties include, but are not limited to; the ability to operate various finishing equipment efficiently and safely; communicating professionally within and across all shifts and departments; and possess the ability to fully understand the finishing processes.  The lead person must be able to identify strengths and opportunities within the finishing department, and propose potential solutions.   The lead person will also utilize knowledge and abilities to identify problems with machines and coordinate repair for those machines. Customer quality standards will be met or exceeded with customer satisfaction as a primary goal.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to read and understand instructions
  • Ability to perform, read, and interpret measurements
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to adhere to safety regulations specified by the company
  • 3 years machining experience with large saws, lathes, grinders and mills, etc.
  • 5 years manufacturing experience in an industrial setting
  • Prior team leadership and/or supervisory experience
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office products

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work with machinery in a foundry setting

  • Repair/mechanic experience

  • Orange or Greenbelt trained

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Major Accountabilities

  • Leading, directing, delegating personnel

  • Managing queue and prioritizing workload with multiple machines

  • Training responsibility for new hires and cross training of current operators

  • Adhere to work order instructions and review customer expectations

  • Responsible for performing extensive quality assurance work on products prior to shipping

  • Efficiently communicate progress to other shifts – verbally and written

  • Ability to identify repair issues with finishing machinery

  • Ability to effectively recognize defects in product

Responsibility for Supervision


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.

Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Position SummaryThis 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.

Process Metallurgist

Position Summary

Improve and develop existing systems for reporting and analyzing data.  Oversee the activities of all shifts of the lab operation.  Collect and communicate product, process, and quality data.  Recommend and implement process improvements regarding quality and efficiency based on detailed analysis.  Ensure all quality procedures are carried out and effectively work with production to meet customers’ expectations while meeting production demands. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy/Materials Engineering or related degree.

  • Two plus years’ experience working in a laboratory or manufacturing environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve issues related to production and product quality.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with various levels of an organization.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with multiple functions and levels within the business.

  • Familiarity with statistical process control (SPC) and data analysis.

  • Experience in material selection, product specifications, and failure analysis.

  • Participate in cross-functional teams and possess the ability to collaborate and influence others without direct authority to find the optimal solution.

  • Experience in Continuous Improvement of operations through processes or equipment design and modification and variation reduction.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Four plus years’ experience working in a laboratory or manufacturing environment.

  • Strong ferrous metallurgy manufacturing knowledge, including use of metallurgical lab equipment.

  • Experience with ISO/Quality System Requirements.

  • Proven leadership skills in leading cross-functional teams including the ability to collaborate and influence others without direct authority to find the optimal solution.

  • Thorough knowledge of statistical process control (SPC) and data analysis.

Major Accountabilities

  •  Analyze the effect of process changes on product performance.
  • Drive processes to ensure quality and consistency. 
  • Coordinate internal and external laboratory analyses of samples.
  • Provide reports and recommendations based on the results.
  • Perform Root Cause Analysis of process-related defects and effects on final products. 
  • Partner with production employees on problem solving production related issues.
  •  Recommend and implement process improvements based on detailed analysis of quality data. 
  • Directly or by working with other departments analyze and resolve quality problems which occur during the manufacturing process or are associated with customer returns.
  • Collect and communicate product quality data. 
  • Maintain all process instructions for product analysis, product release, and maintenance and calibration of lab equipment. 
  • Oversee development and maintenance of procedures and practices.
  • Influencing manufacturing employees to follow established quality procedures in the face of production demands.
  • Working with production to improve productivity while maintaining quality standards.
  • Achieving customer satisfaction, for both external and internal customers, when priorities and lead times are established by others.
  • Accepting multiple tasks from various levels of management yet maintaining strict deadlines.
  • Follow and help to improve Environmental Management, Quality Management, and Safety Management systems to improve performance.

Responsibility for Supervision

  • Responsible for supervision of 1 but seldom over 3 persons

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

Dura-Bar®: Continuous Cast Iron Bar Stock

1800 West Lake Shore Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098


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