Process Engineer
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products
Bowling Green, KY

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC

Company Description:
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products (KAAP) is part of the Kobe Steel Group, which is known internationally by the KOBELCO brand and for quality materials and machinery. KAAP began production in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2005. Although we are new to the United States, we have been serving the aircraft and automotive industry in Japan since 1937. Our market leadership in Japan attests to the quality of the aluminum automotive parts we manufacture.

As part of the global drive to conserve fuel, reducing the weight of automobiles has become a vital concern of automobile makers worldwide. Aluminum parts forged by KAAP are light weight. By contributing to the overall reduction in weight of the automobile, our products help consumers save through lowered fuel consumption, and ultimately are better for the environment.

Responsibility of the Process engineer will be improvements to the process and automation systems to increase the productivity of the Forging department. Work is of a technical nature and may involve engineering skills as well as data interpretation to identify opportunities for improvement. Provide technical support to the production floor in the area of scrap reduction, process automation, and robot tooling leading the way in our effort to make KAAP #1.

Provide pre-task planning, technical expertise, guidance and leadership for foreman and process technicians in troubleshoot issues with the press equipment
Adhere to and reinforce safe working practices
Perform equipment/process failure root cause analyses
Perform predictive assessments and problem diagnosis
Ensure a common approach to solving machinery and or process problems, through the development of best practices.
Provide technical training to production team members to improve skill levels within the teams
Troubleshoot Process/Mechanical issues.
Work with cross functional teams (Forging, Tooling, and Maintenance) for engineering solutions
Implement continuous improvement projects
Create and maintain Standard Operation Procedures documentation
Maintain open lines of communication with plant leadership regarding status of equipment/process downtime, scrap, and project related activities
Project Champion to focus on scrap reduction and process improvements.

Basic Qualifications:
Industrial/Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Technologies Degree or equivalent training/experience
MS Office programs (Word and Excel)
Familiar with CAD/CAM programs is a plus
Hands-on experience in the automotive environment is a plus
Press and/or stamping experience preferred
Robotics experience preferred
KAAP is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time