The Manufacturing Engineer develops and implements optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards; recommends and implements improvements to production processes, methods and controls; and coordinates manufacturing launch for new or revised products.
Sustain current production by providing support for quality issues and production equipment problems by identifying root cause, implementing corrective actions and documenting changes.
Provide leadership to the production and support teams.
Provide technical support and conduct training for operations personnel.
Ensure efficient manufacturing through effective achievement of quality, cost, operating specifications, customer and company standards and requirements.
Responsible for design, optimization and troubleshooting of automated, pad printing and injection molding machinery, tools and equipment.
Propose and implement design changes to improve product performance and manufacturability and reduce cost.
Advise on existing production capabilities, equipment, facilities and standard practices to contribute to the development of designs. Coordinate with support groups to ensure capabilities and capacity are developed to support new products.
Improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) through the reduction of changeover time, increase of product yields, optimization of machine cycle time and identification and elimination of unplanned machine down-time. Prepare cost estimates, bills of material and revisions to engineering drawings and related specifications.
Implement enhancements and improvements to manufacturing processes, methods, fixtures, etc. to reduce scrap, increase throughput, decrease cost, and otherwise resolve issues.
Design and set up new equipment and fixtures for product manufacturing and assembly, on both new and existing products.
Support new product introduction activities, including tool testing and process validations.
Participate in the review and evaluation of product design changes.
Diagnose and repair equipment and fixtures as needed.
Perform root cause analysis for identified issues.
Train operators on new and existing production processes.
Perform other duties as assigned.
5+ years experience in Plastics Processing.
Extensive hands-on experience with the entire injection molding process and machinery.
Ability to work independently and/or on project teams.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office – must be able to develop and manipulate spreadsheets, Word documents, Access databases, and develop/present PowerPoint presentations.
Proficiency with SolidWorks software preferred.
Strong analytical skills used to root cause counter measure (RCCM) quality, cost, and delivery issues with parts and equipment.
Familiar with secondary and assembly operations.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, operators, engineers and support staff.
Experience with components of Lean Manufacturing (5S, Kaizen, SMED, VRK, OEE, TPM).
Experience in processing and troubleshooting engineering thermoplastics – ABS, PC, TPE, ABS/PC blends preferred.
Experience with pad printing up to 8 colors preferred.
Minimal lifting, normally less than 25 lbs
Training in a formal manufacturing strategy such as Toyoda Production System (TPS), Lean/Six Sigma Certification, Kaizen Certification and implementation experience is a huge plus.
Strong understanding and respect for quality (ISO 13485) or working knowledge of plastic technology with emphasis on injection molding, SPC, DOE and GD & T, ERP System, RJG Certification or equivalent.
5 years minimum experience in an Injection Molding environment.