Manufacturing Process Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

About $81,000 - $100,000 a year

at Picarro
Santa Clara, CA

We are seeking an innovative, hands-on Manufacturing Process Engineer to be responsible for optimizing current processes within our opto-mechanical Manufacturing Assembly Operation. The incumbent will work collaboratively with our Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy Manufacturing Team to maximize production/testing efficiency, continually improve product quality while lowering cost. This includes maintaining and enforcing the high-quality standards of components and products produced within the Clean Room (driven by the needs of the customers). This individual will support and act on behalf of the engineering group regarding product design, manufacture, production, assembly training, troubleshooting, and critical decision making. He/she will support the Clean Room with technical knowledge and guidance, assembly tooling, jigs and fixtures, manufacturing/assembly process documentation and product set-up. The incumbent will serve as a key contributor for driving root cause analyses and effective corrective actions within Manufacturing and Assembly.

The ideal candidate must be highly organized with strict attention to detail bringing energy, enthusiasm, and a continual improvement mindset in order to deliver the best value to our customers.

Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Support and improve the Manufacturing, Assembly (capacity/scale-up and repeatability), Quality, and Cost of the product portfolio while understanding and fully satisfying the needs of our customers.
Data mining, analysis and remediation to ensure that failure modes and defects are fully understood and prevented from recurrence.
Establish, implement, and sustain processes and procedures to ensure that the high standard of quality is maintained in all aspects of design, manufacturing, and assembly.
Be aware of critical inventory conditions and product urgencies as well as production, manufacture, and supply concerns, providing assistance and options where possible.
Support the production floor with technical knowledge and guidance, assisting in product troubleshooting, and assembly issues to minimize or eliminate production downtime.
Monitor, review, and enhance assembly cell efficiencies by utilizing assembly time studies, design or assembly improvements, and assembly aides for legacy products.
Organize and layout production cells for optimal efficiency providing all necessary equipment and assembly tools. Ensure cells are fully equipped to build product safely and efficiently.
Ensure assembly personnel are clearly trained on new product introductions and/or product changes advising assembly techniques and identifying critical features and functions.
Implement product improvements and minor redesigns for manufacturability and ease of assembly.
Embed testing, inspection, and quality assurance steps within the assembly process.
Create and/or update/revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WIs) to ensure consistency and logical flow of assembly steps.
Conduct and record continual improvement projects for impactful cost saving measures.
Identify, specify, and acquire appropriate equipment and essential assembly tools, jigs, and fixtures.
Provide feedback to; (1) engineering on manufacturability, product concerns, and improvement ideas for design standards, (2) supply chain to resolve part quality issues, (3) customer service and support when RMA issues require same, (4) quality with required updated performance metrics, (5) product management/market upon request.
Utilize automation where possible to improve the assembly process
Perform risk assessments of manufacturing processes and implement risk remediation where and when necessary.

3-5 years of related experience within a high technology product manufacturing environment.
Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Optical Engineering or the like. Master’s Degree preferred.
Computer proficiency and knowledge of, but not limited to, Microsoft products, ERP software, and Solidworks.
Understanding of blueprint interpretation, geometric tolerancing, classifications of fit.
Knowledge of standard inspection and test methods and tools.
Experience with quality improvement tools and techniques (i.e., Lean, Six Sigma (DFSS, DMAIC) Statistical Process Control, and Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Process Audit and Process Activity Value Analyses, Gage R & R, Root Cause Analysis (Ishikawa diagramming), Design, conduct and analyze DOE’s, etc.).
Strong ability to work independently within a team environment and comply with high quality standards.
Strong leadership, attention to detail, and multi-tasking skills.
Demonstrated assembly, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
Strong sense of ownership and work ethic.
Solid technical writing, verbal and active listening communication skills.
Flexibility within a rapidly changing environment.
Possess a passion for excellence.