Founded in 1888, Caldwell Manufacturing is a fourth-generation, family owned business with over 130 years of successful history. We are growing market share by expanding geographically and through product diversification, building on our reputation for providing Solutions that Set new standards, innovating new products and embracing our mission of First in Service, Best in Class which defines our approach to our customers. We have a high feedback culture that is guided by our core values. For Caldwell, this means we will lead in ways that engage our employees and create a passion for our mission in a fun and family-oriented environment.
Design, develops, recommends, implements production tooling and fixtures, equipment upgrades and replacements, and automated equipment and systems. Applies state-of-the-art technology to reduce overall product costs, improve quality, and reduce delivery lead times. Analyzes current manufacturing processes to identify continuous improvement opportunities. Works with manufacturing on facility layouts to accommodate new and upgraded equipment and production lines to ensure the most efficient systems in throughput, material flow, etc. Responsible for project management to achieve on-time and on-budget delivery of on-target solutions per defined project requirements. Assists in assembly, testing, debugging, and commissioning of models, prototypes, and production units.
Essential Job Functions and Accountabilities
Investigates improvement potential in design, manufacturing and assembly of components or products
Recommends and implements changes to improve performance (i.e. machine throughput, quality levels, delivery lead times, line takt time, etc.)
Specifies and coordinates development and fabrication of tooling and equipment to support facilities continuous improvement needs
Expedites design, system, and component delivery to meet project requirements
Identifies and reports deviations from specifications, timing issues, and difficulties with meeting performance objectives
Produces accurate documentation, operating procedures, and provides operator training for production tooling and equipment
Reviews and understands detailed specifications and plans
Prepares detailed designs according to specifications
Produces project supportive documentation, i.e. drawings, schematics, layouts, etc. which comply with drawing procedures and other engineering controls
Works closely with manufacturing staff and product engineering
Generates project justification documentation
Produces and manages project timelines, schedules, etc.
Engage with IT staff and IT systems to support new and/or upgraded manufacturing equipment that will need to interact with ERP system(s)
Supports maintenance with information regarding installation, troubleshooting, and adjustments
Calculates performance, outputs, limits, energy usage, etc.
Always conscious of safety in all activities
Estimated 10-20% travel to other facilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A minimum of 5 years experience successfully implementing automated equipment and continuous improvement projects within a hands-on manufacturing environment
Demonstrated ability and experience with troubleshooting automated assembly systems
Knowledge of implementing pneumatic, hydraulic, motorized, and/or robotic systems for the use of in-house automated manufacturing and assembly systems
Effective communication skills including technical writing
Sound mechanical/manufacturing design capability (GD&T, CTF, CTP, DFM, etc.)
Strong problem-solving capabilities using root cause analysis, etc.
Understanding of Lean Manufacturing and SPC ideologies
Knowledge of metal working, forming, stamping, etc. a plus
Understanding the implementation of control systems, i.e. PLC’s, Servos, etc., in automation systems a plus
Educational & Certification Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering or related technical discipline
Green and/or Black Belt certified in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing a plus
3D CAD Skills, preferably SolidWorks
2D CAD Skills, preferably DraftSight and/or AutoCAD
Proficient in use of MS Office Suite
Project Management Tools, Smartsheets, MS Project or equivalent