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Project Technician/Rigger

Life Support International – Langhorne, PA

Job Description:

Life Support International is a small company employing about 20 staff specializing in providing the finest Life Support, Safety, Survival & Rescue equipment available on the market today. LSI recognizes we are the last line of defense in the event of emergency and the products and services we offer can make a difference between disaster and coming home safely. The combined experience of the LSI Staff enables LSI to address a wide range of disciplines relative to the design and development of life support equipment. We provide in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to accommodate special end user requirements. We are looking to add a Project Technician/Rigger to our staff to assist in the development of our new and current products.

Future expectations will include, but not be limited to:

  • Create textile prototypes and patterns
  • Fabricate and assemble all test equipment prototypes and rigging components
  • Rig systems, equipment and vehicles for ground and airdrop testing
  • Set up cameras and instrumentation
  • Inspect test equipment before and after tests. Repair or replace equipment as required
  • Use and maintain sewing machines and tools for fabrication, modification, and repair of equipment
  • Document and maintain test documents and packing procedures
  • Work with engineers on prototype units, first article and developmental units or upgrades to existing units
  • Provide innovative ideas/improvements for new/existing products
  • Provide training on site or at customer locations

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5 years design /manufacture of textiles/parachute systems
  • Experience with new fabrics and joining methods
  • Experience on newly qualified personnel or cargo parachutes (systems, sub-systems and components)
  • FAA Senior Rigger /USPA Instructor
  • Sewing machine maintenance and repair experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Creation of sketch’s or drawings using Solid works/AutoCAD
  • Experience in writing technical documents
  • Experience with reading technical drawings and sketches
  • Physically fit and able to work on trials at customer locations
  • Travel on worldwide basis as required
  • Works in a timely and accurate manner
  • Works well with others and maintains a positive attitude
  • Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills
  • Positive Communication Skills.

Job Type: Full-time


Production/Material Planner

Life Support International – Langhorne, PA

Job Description:

It is the responsibility of the Production/Material Planner for establishing, reviewing and maintaining the production schedule in alignment with Operations, Production, Sales & Engineering Plans. Establishing the production schedule will involve working closely with production leaders and others to coordinate operations plans that achieve the company objectives relative to customer service, efficient resource/capacity utilization and inventory investment. In addition, the Production/Material Planner will perform all duties IAW LSI’s QMS and all procedures.


  • Schedule operations activities and monitors schedule attainment/adherence to support established customer service-level metrics
  • Work closely with production leadership to validate schedule feasibility
  • Meet daily as part of the cross-functional supply chain team to resolve scheduling issues. Team responsibilities include:
  • Identify actions to resolve delayed material shipment, component shortages and other identified problems preventing schedule adherence
  • Reviews established schedules to assure customer service levels are met
  • Ensure that material, components and equipment are available for planned set-ups
  • Sequence operations (work orders, production orders, picking tickets, etc) in optimal order to support multiple and complex constraints
  • Ensures visibility of inventory status via ERP system (Macola) and supporting systems
  • Proactively spends substantial amount of time on production floor to fully understand product flow, production challenges and activities
  • Responsible for identifying alternate scheduling opportunities that will enhance product throughput and reduce inventory and cycle time
  • Lead efforts to understand root cause and develop corrective actions for process failures relating to scheduling and planning execution
  • Proactively drives activities to mitigate failures that may interfere with the production schedule
  • Participation in and ownership of continuous improvement projects

Educational and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or equivalent planning and scheduling experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of scheduling experience

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel on an intermediate to advanced level
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to make complex decisions within a limited time frame
  • Ability to work independently, effectively manage time & prioritize work responsibilities
  • Proactive approach to identifying and resolving manufacturing/scheduling related issues
  • Team oriented, must have the ability to work cohesively with others
  • Possess a strong customer service orientation and must provide dedicated support of internal and external customer requirements
  • Ability to implement LEAN concepts

Job Type: Full-time