Job Description

Manufacturing Engineer  (#8794) - WI
Industry: Metal Stamping

We are currently seeking a Manufacturing Engineer for a Metal Stamping facility in WI.

Description:

SUMMARY:
• Provide engineering, technical and metal forming expertise and knowledge in order to plan, organize, and lead efforts of Manufacturing Engineering programs and projects. These include the establishment of manufacturing processes and related equipment, the development of machinery and associated tools and conducting special studies for process or product improvement.
• Improve quality by improving manufacturing systems and processes, coordinating the trial and implementation of new manufacturing technology. Analyze, develop and implement continuous improvement program projects and suggestions.
• Develop improved tooling systems to include: manufacturing tools, maintenance, use and storage. Work with the effected departments to document agreed upon standards and systems.
• Improve processes, equipment and methods to manufacture new/existing products through the use of automation, sensors, planned maintenance, TPM principles, standard practices, six sigma techniques, etc.
• Develop and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and products on transfer presses and toolroom equipment.
• Provide training, as required, to those associated with the operation, development and troubleshooting of manufacturing processes and products.
• Assist in activities relative to the changing of the physical facility or the rearrangement/addition of equipment and systems.
• Interface with all levels of the organization to provide technical consultation and manufacturing process expertise for both new and existing products.
• Coach and lead Manufacturing Engineering Technicians and Manufacturing Engineering Lead Technicians as may be required on a project by project basis.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide total project management, coordination and scheduling from concept (cradle) to production and beyond (grave), including first production pilot runs.
a. Assist Design Engineering and Manufacturing as requested to develop manufacturing processes for new product introductions that meet quality, delivery, cost and effectiveness standards.
b. Investigate, develop and advance the use of sensors, TPM practices and other manufacturing methods to improve tooling life and overall equipment effectiveness. This may also include the detection and inspection of product for manufacturing defects.
c. Responsible for developing and recording the “body of knowledge” upon which future job development will be based. Data and records developed are intended for future use by Design Engineering, Pressroom, and Tool Room during the design, fabrication and production of similar parts, tooling or equipment.

2. Perform feasibility studies for manufacturing on project proposals and/or unstable processes.
a. Perform studies to identify and document the effect of variables on the capability of tooling, processes, and/or equipment to perform within standard or identified expectations. Variables include new/or complex part configuration, new or unproven tooling or process, new or unusual application of tooling or process, new or difficult to form raw material and new or modified equipment.
b. Experiment with new and innovative ideas for the purpose of increasing the manufacturing capability of the company and improving current manufacturing methods. Ideas, processes, devices and methods developed by the incumbent may have immediate application while others will be used to further engineering knowledge.

3. Provide liaison between Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Purchasing, Logistics, Production Control, Marketing and Manufacturing on all assigned projects.
a. Support the continuous improvement efforts by assisting employees in the evaluation and implementation of improvement requests. Perform analysis of these projects, determine implementation costs and potential savings.
b. Assist Design Engineering and Manufacturing to identify and implement new manufacturing methods as part of the New Product Introduction process. Minimize production start-up delays and meet manufacturing cost expectations.
c. Participate in the design and development of machining, finishing, and fixturing methods for new, experimental and prototype tooling.
d. Assist pressroom and other tool Room personnel in the analysis of tooling and part quality problems. Develop solutions and the implement corrective action related to ineffective tooling or machine malfunctions.

4. Investigate and recommend tool and/or methods improvements to reduce manufacturing costs.
a. Utilize analytical tools and techniques to identify and quantify improvement opportunities and to assist others in the development of their ideas. Tools may include: Flow Process Charts, Check Sheets, Histograms, Scatterplots, Pareto
Analysis, Cause and Effect Diagrams, etc.
b. Participate as a team member to re-engineer processes. Develop plans to implement work simplification, standardization and interference minimization.
c. Requires the ability to look beyond the current process, investigate alternatives and seek out/analyze solutions, either from those applied in other industries/companies or totally unique in nature.
d. Analyze the use of floor space, the flow of product and the locations of service groups to maximize the use of the facility.  Make recommendations as to the arrangement of equipment and office space.
e. Participate in the identification and implementation of machine/equipment standards.
f. Respond to requests for assistance, advice and counsel from all personnel relative to trouble-shooting new and/or existing jobs, quality problems and tool design effectiveness.

5. Coordinate all aspects of assigned projects within the framework of target cost estimates, time schedules and quality standards.

6. Assist in the education and training of employees on such subjects as press operation, tooling issues and machine tools.
a. Train and/or direct the work of assigned production personnel during the process development stage and at the time of transition from development to production.
b. Respond to requests for assistance, advice and counsel from manufacturing personnel relative to troubleshooting new and/or existing jobs or machines, quality problems, etc.

7. Coach and lead Manufacturing Engineering Technicians and Manufacturing Engineering Lead Technicians as may be required on a project by project basis.

• Provide quality engineers with a technical point of contact for manufacturing processes and feasibility of new products or modifications to existing products.
• Extensive evaluation, selection and coordination of implementation plans for new equipment/services and improving the activity of current ones.  Suppliers may be associated with any aspect of the business operation.
• Provide expertise regarding the feasibility, concepts and methods used to accomplish machine repairs, build spare parts or accomplish mechanical revisions.
• Development of new primary and secondary manufacturing processes and methods
• Continuous improvement opportunity evaluation, recommendation and implementation planning.
• Provide expertise regarding the feasibility, concepts and methods used to introduce new products or equipment into the company.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with emphasis in mechanical, process or manufacturing engineering, or equivalent experience in an engineering related capacity. Additional course work in engineering and tool design/ fabrication is highly desired.
• 6 years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and 14 or more years without a degree
 

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