Dieffenbacher North America Inc.

Research Technician (Industrial Mechanic/Millwright)

Job Description

Dieffenbacher is an international company that develops and manufactures hydraulic presses and complete production systems for the wood panel and automotive industries. With our commitment to innovation, we are a partner of choice for our customers. In our view, innovation is the foundation for growth. The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research at Western University is North America’s largest university-based production scale composites research centre. This facility has chosen several Dieffenbacher systems for conducting world leading research for producing new composite materials and lightweight solutions for industry. Dieffenbacher’s Forming Division is looking for a Research Technician (Industrial Mechanic/Millwright) to work alongside Fraunhofer ICT, Western University, and Dieffenbacher engineers and technicians on a variety of industrial scale research projects at this composite research facility based in London, Ontario. As experience is gained on these Dieffenbacher systems, this position’s duties will evolve to include service trips to customer sites for set-up, repairing and maintaining Dieffenbacher machinery.


  • Routine maintenance and cleaning of research equipment to ensure efficient execution of industrial scale research trials and to minimize downtime
  • Operate composite processing systems at Fraunhofer Project Center for performing research trials with staff and clients
  • Perform repairs to machinery including hydraulics, pneumatics, and mechanical systems
  • Service trips to customer sites for machine maintenance and upgrades as well as new machine installation and commissioning
  • Work independently to troubleshoot machine problems and develop solutions
  • Participate collaboratively with research team on a regular basis to resolve research and production related issues in a safe and timely manner
  • Make recommendations on how to enhance machinery performance and ability to process new materials
  • Mechanically implement design changes to optimize existing systems to facilitate production
  • Handle thermoplastic, thermoset, and fiber materials safely with environment considerations
  • Work from engineering drawings, sketches, and verbal instructions
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Industrial Mechanic/Millwright Trade Certification, Red Seal Endorsement ideal
  • 2+ years’ experience in industrial setting
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a challenging and changing environment
  • Good understanding of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electric systems
  • Able to use common shop tools for making repairs and fabricating parts
  • Enjoy working in a team
  • Able to work under pressure and be flexible
  • Readiness for travel activity
  • Able to read, write, and speak English fluently
  • Foreign language skills are an advantage
  • Experience with heavy duty machines processing thermoplastics, thermosets, or composite materials would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of controls and PLCs would be an asset