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, and improves production methods. 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 designers and technicians, technical writers, engineering technicians, and machine shop personnel as required.
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 Supply Chain and 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 within the context of Epicor.
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.
Utilizes engineering drawings to create patterns and develop a CNC program
Creates PD Trak 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 Manufacturing Process Sheets (MPS), including all photos, specifications and test procedures and sends them on to Methods for them to finalize.
Reviews existing MPS’s for accuracy and/or clarity. Marks up or modifies MPSs and passes them on to Methods for them 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.
Minimum Level: 3 – 6 years.
Preferred Level: 6 – 10 years.
Over 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment, utilizing engineering skills to plan, coordinate, evaluate and improve manufacturing processes.
BS in Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
Six Sigma Green Belt or higher preferred.