Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer
Location: North Smithfield, RI
Reports to: Director of Manufacturing
Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods and quality control standards.
Acts under general supervision. Plans and designs manufacturing processes in an industrial plant. Improves production methods, determines manufacturing capacity, and sets up production schedules. Provides support in the design, fabrication, modification and evaluation in support of manufacturing operations such as machining, metal forming, plastics processing, welding and brazing, assembly, and material handling. Assists in time and cost estimates. Assists supervisor with new production techniques and assists with troubleshooting rejected parts. Assigns work to drafters and technicians, technical writers, engineering technicians, and machine shop personnel as required.
Major Position Responsibilities
• Supports ongoing manufacturing activities
• Analyzes and implements improvements to material and processes and cost-reduction initiatives
• Leads and supports Lean activities such as Kaizen events, mistake-proofing
• Solves or assists in solving immediate high-priority issues related to manufacturing output, quality, tooling, process, and material
• Provides data and analysis of manufacturing activities to management, as well as providing data, feedback and support directly to Operators
• Works with Product Engineers on an ongoing basis
• Provides design teams with estimates of facilities, equipment, capital and personnel requirements for new product designs. Evolves estimates into firm budgets as projects progress
• Provides analysis, feedback and possible improvements in design-for-manufacturability
• Transitions successful design candidates into full production via purchase and installation of new equipment, tooling, fixtures. Designs or assists with design and/or build of manufacturing and/or test equipment as needed. Provides test samples, perform or oversee pilot runs and initial production runs
• Identifies and reports to management and/or other departments which issues require elevation and action internally or externally
• Supports and learns with/from other teams within the company, and understands their interactions with Manufacturing in detail
• Purchases Capital Equipment by vetting qualified vendors, ensuring vendors have appropriate specifications and overseeing purchase
• Designs jigs and fixtures for new and current products to speed manufacturing process and ensure consistent quality.
• Determines location of factory equipment and relocates as necessary
• Programs equipment using Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
• Utilizes engineering drawings to create patterns and develop a CNC program
• Creates daily work orders from the weekly production schedule with all parts nested to maximize material and reduce scrap
• Creates Manufacturing Plans for new products that include projected assembly process, projected assembly rates, equipment anticipated, anticipated costs, anticipated personnel needed, etc.
• Supports pump machinery, tooling, and supplies
• Designs or supports new product development, including new layouts or tools
• Makes suggestions and design modifications to make a more cost effective and/or easily manufactured and assembled products
• Writes SOPs and Work Instructions, including all photos, specifications and test procedures and works with the Operations Team to finalize
• Reviews existing SOPs and Work Instructions for accuracy and/or clarity. Marks up or modifies these documents and works with the Operations Team to finalize
• Strong mechanical aptitude, computer skills, time management, problem solving and technical writing skills.
• Ability to write and debug programs for CNC equipment preferred.
• Excellent oral and written communication, and people skills required.
• LEAN Manufacturing experience required; proven experience leading Lean and Kaizen events
• Experience in an ISO-9000 environment required
• General machine shop practices required
• Manufacturing process required
• Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills required
• Computer Numbers Control (CNC) Machining programming experience preferred
• Working knowledge of SolidWorks and AutoCAD preferred
• 3 or more years of experience in a manufacturing environment, utilizing engineering skills to plan, coordinate, evaluate and improve manufacturing processes.
· Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical, Chemical, or Manufacturing Engineering.
· Six Sigma Green Belt or higher preferred
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, above average temperatures, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.
Trained in all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to handle tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 40 hours per week.
Travel is primarily local during the business day.
The job description above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed; it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Continued employment is on an at-will basis.