Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer
Location: Kewanee, IL
Duration: Fulltime
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Process Engineering, or other related Engineering degree
2 years of Manufacturing Engineering experience (5+ years preferred)
Hands-on manufacturing process engineering experience in a mid-volume assembly manufacturing environment
Experience implementing Lean Manufacturing systems
Ability to design, install and troubleshoot manufacturing equipment
Able to read and interpret prints
Able to use AutoCAD or similar system
Familiarity with man machine time studies, standardized work, PFMEA, Control Plan, lean manufacturing and production systems, PLC Programming, fixture design, poka yoke, statistical process control, etc.
Certificates in GLP, GMP, ISO, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing are desired.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Job Summary:
The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for working closely with plant personnel to resolve issues and improve processes. The position will work closely with both facility & Maintenance personnel as well as design engineers to develop solutions for process and design issues. The Manufacturing Engineer is also responsible for evaluating existing manufacturing processes and configuring manufacturing systems to reduce cost, improve sustainability and productivity and develop best practices within the production process. He/she is also responsible for supporting definition and implementing the production system to improve operational efficiencies.
This position will require the ability to analyze manufacturing processes, develop and implement process improvements, and validate any process changes that may be required.
Key Responsibilities:
Implement, support and facilitate Lean Manufacturing principles to improve operational efficiencies and eliminate waste in a new dry freight van production facility.
Lead change management and Kaizen initiatives in manufacturing by exemplifying lean principles and training the organization in lean manufacturing.
Drive a continuous improvement culture through plant and facility organization, performance reviews and PDCA cycles on the shop floor.
Formulate key performance indicator measurements during client implementation, and simultaneously monitor progress and record data.
Maintain a client maturity index to ensure project development is achieving target implementation and organizational goals.
Communicate results to management and provide recommendations.
Continuously evaluate and improve assist plant in process improvement to eliminate waste, reduce costs, and improve safety and quality.
Develop innovative solutions.
Work with equipment designers and manufacturing officers to develop a cost-effective and working production process; selecting, managing and working with sub-contractors
Install and commission new production units, monitoring modifications and upgrades, and troubleshooting existing processes.
Research and purchase new manufacturing technology.
Coordinate closely with all other involved departments including quality assurance, production, logistics, process engineering, etc.
Provide suggestions during incident investigations.
Advise on and implement corrective actions.
Show results in reports.
Ensure projects are completed on time and within financial budgets.
Experience& Education:
The preferred applicant will have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or a strongly related discipline, 3-5 years of mfg./process engineering experience, and be proficient with current engineering standards and methodology. Proficiency with Lean Manufacturing and 5S principles is desired. Strong organizational skills are required in order to meet the production needs of an assembly line environment. Previous experience in a manufacturing environment is required.
Desirable Qualifications:
e.g. GLP, GMP, ISO, Six Sigma, Lean certificates.

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