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- Oil and Gas

Position Summary

This position will focus and be responsible for the development of the Oil & Gas 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. 
Candidate should have a working technical knowledge of metals processing.
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
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

  • 5-10 years’ experience in the oil & gas market

  • 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 oil & gas 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 Brand 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




Responsibility for Supervision


Safety Coordinator

Position SummaryAssist in providing for the safety and health of employees through safe working conditions and operating practices. Minimize business losses resulting from employee injuries.  Ensure compliance with governmental regulations and requirements. Educate and train new and existing employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health or related degree, or a combination of education and experience.

  • Two plus years’ of safety related experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver classroom and computer training at all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to interpret and apply state and OSHA regulations on a practical basis.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills requiring tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks while being detail oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills.
  • Ability to work in teams as a leader and as a member.
  • Demonstrate initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Familiar with basic features of Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Manufacturing background or metals industry experience.
  • Experience interacting with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Knowledge of environmental compliance programs and implementation strategies.
  • Formal team training with demonstrated success from past team experiences.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and requiring little or no supervision.
  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft Office software.

Major Accountabilities

  • Promote a safe working environment for all employees.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance and educate employees in regards to federal, state, and local safety regulations, and interpret compliance standards as they apply to the business.
  • Compile statistical information and track both leading and lagging safety performance and communicate information to necessary parties.
  • Assist in all safety documentation to ensure OSHA compliance.
  • Conduct or coordinate industrial hygiene monitoring to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Support and develop Safety Teams within each department; participate in teams when appropriate.
  • Participate in safety process planning and implementation for new processes, equipment, and construction.
  • Support supervision in performing incident investigations, including determination of root cause(s) and corrective actions that eliminate reoccurrence.
  • Support front line leadership in controlling employee exposures through risk evaluation and reduction.
  • Exercise considerable judgment to develop safety programs, guided by precedent and within the limits of established policies.
  • Handling multiple responsibilities and priorities.
  • Influencing and driving change without direct authority.
  • Maintaining compliance on all regulations and keeping current with regulations.
  • Changing daily operational routine to include expose control as part of every job.

Responsibility for Supervision


Sr. Financial Analyst - Operations

Position SummaryThe Senior Financial Analyst will act as the main liaison between Dura-Bar operational management and the Charter Dura-Bar Finance function.  This position will lead the plant’s monthly cost reviews and will provide operations with the tools and insight needed to reach the plant’s cost productivity goals.  The incumbent will work with each department manager to create and measure department level targets that support the high level strategic initiatives of the division.  The Senior Financial Analyst will provide financial analytics to business partners for key Continuous Improvement projects, cost savings initiatives, and capital expenditure requests. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or related business field
  • 3 – 5 years Finance/Accounting or commensurate business experience
  • Prior experience participating and leading in a team environment
  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft products:  Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong analytical skills to gather data from multiple sources and report findings
  • Strong interpersonal skills; comfort working with and explaining financial and accounting concepts to non-financial employees in the organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (MBA, MSA, or similar) progress

  • CPA progress

  • Experience working with ERP packages, preferably Oracle

  • Six Sigma and/or lean manufacturing experience

  • Prior exposure to or experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Financial analysis ability such as return on investment, IRR, NPV, economic profit, and payback analysis

  • Knowledge of Hyperion planning and reporting


Major Accountabilities

  • Takes a proactive role in identifying actions that will enhance division profitability

  • Supports plant continuous improvement projects and cost savings initiatives

  • Establishes operating metrics and targets that are appropriate for the current level of business

  • Analyzes variances to target and successfully communicates cost performance via monthly cost reviews

  • Works with large, complex data sets and spreadsheets to meet accounting, reporting, and analytical needs

  • Evaluates capital spending requests with finance tools such as return on investment and payback analysis

  • Leverages activity based costing tools to refine Dura-Bar costing module

  • Delivers the division’s monthly and quarterly reporting, KPI reporting, and tracks progress against the business’ strategic goals (AIPs)

  • Supports divisional and company-wide strategic initiatives

  • Performs ad hoc projects that could pertain to areas other than the production

  • Ability to reset/adjust priorities if business circumstances require

  • Simultaneously managing multiple tasks/projects to successful completion

  • Working independently under strict deadlines

  • Maintaining reporting accuracy and professional appearance while meeting strict deadlines

  • Ability to identify potential shop floor issues or to research and solve existing problems

  • Developing new analytical approaches to solve business problems

  • Influencing financial decisions without authority




Responsibility for Supervision


Continuous Improvement Manager

Position Summary

Support and drive process improvement teams and projects to achieve measurable results using Six Sigma, Lean, problem solving and project management methods throughout the business. Manage multiple projects while building relationships and credibility with internal customers throughout the various functions. Direct and organize Continuous Improvement of all critical processes, activities, and manage the Continuous Improvement Leaders/Department, as applicable.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related degree.

  • Five plus years’ supervisory/leadership experience.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from a recognized source.

  • Proficient with analytical methods, mathematics, and statistics.

  • Experienced in team leadership with proven problem-solving experience.

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

  • Proven record of performance and trusted professional credibility.

  • Demonstrated abilities in planning, delegation, communications, problem solving, and decision-making.

  • Experience in cost reduction through process improvements and project management.

  • Excellent presentation skills with solid verbal and written communication capabilities and practices.

  • Effective at teaching and mentoring others.

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the business.

  • Proficiency with advanced features of Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and statistical software.

  • Willingness to travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three plus years’ experience in a Continuous Improvement environment.

  • Proficiency with Minitab.

  • Certified ISO9000 and QS9000 quality system auditor.

Major Accountabilities

  • Develop an organized and systematic approach to achieving Lean, Continuous Improvement, and Six Sigma objectives in alignment with business strategy.

  • Align Six Sigma projects with ongoing business strategies and priorities.

  • Work with leadership to establish Continuous Improvement project goals and priorities.

  • Create and oversee organizational process improvement strategies and plan to maximize performance.

  • Create a learning environment for Continuous Improvement Leaders to work closely with process owners, project champions, and senior management to ensure improvement gains are sustained on a long-term basis.

  • Provide the technical leadership and tactical execution for Lean Six Sigma initiatives. Develop and manage to the budget for the department. Hold periodic, focused Continuous Improvement project reviews with all key participants.

  • Develop Continuous Improvement strategies with a robust Continuous Improvement tool kit that is embraced and applied within the business.

  • Support and assist CI champions in mentoring and developing their problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Support the activities of cross-functional Continuous Improvement/ Problem Solving teams leading to implemented improvement and measurable bottom-line results in cost, quality, and service.

  • Provide leadership with project status updates, feedback, and appropriate reporting on key responsibilities and objectives.

  • Developing an effective structure of Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.

  • Understanding customer needs and expectations to help drive project selection.

  • Maintaining an appropriate balance of strategic, tactical, and operational responsibilities.

  • Ensuring work gets done through others where no formal reporting relationship exists.

Responsibility for Supervision

  • Direct: Continuous Improvement Leader

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

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

1800 West Lake Shore Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098


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