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Manufacturing Engineer

Battle Creek, MI 49037

Posted: 06/15/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Engineering Job Number: 42364

Job Description

Our World Class Auto Supplier in Battle Creek, Mi.   has an opening in the Operations Department for a Manufacturing Engineer.
This exciting new position is a Direct-Hire, permanent position with a competitive salary of $75k to $92 and wonderful BCBS benefits package. We will also assist you with relocation.

Knowledge of and experience with Die Cast and CNC processes is a plus with this position (but not required).
Experience with equipment sourcing.

Job Summary

The Manufacturing Engineer leads the work related to improve the manufacturing of product program launches.   The engineer will specify equipment, make recommendations for the technical selection of purchased equipment. They will manage the build, delivery, installation of equipment to ensure the equipment is commissioned on-time and under budget. The Manufacturing Engineer also ensures the equipment performs reliably.

Manufacturing Engineers will employ lean manufacturing principles to optimize effectiveness of our manufacturing operations. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Technical Lead for   Equipment
  • Prepare and update equipment Statement of Requirement (SORs) and technical comparisons. Collaborate with SMEs to develop SORs.
  • Maintain list of equipment suppliers. Identify new suppliers and verify capabilities.
  • Summarize equipment and installation costs for quoting new business.
  • Standardize components to minimize spare parts inventory costs.
  • Assist with CapEx based on equipment timing and budget.
  • Manage facility modifications and utility requirements for incoming equipment. Collaborate with Facility department.
Employ Lean Manufacturing Methods
  • Develop standardize work methods and instructions
  • Determine equipment layout to optimize product flow and minimize unnecessary movement.
  • Implement Lean Manufacturing methods and efficient product flow.
  • Develop packaging solutions for WIP and Finished Goods.
Ensure high Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Responsible for maintaining documentation of major equipment.
  • Develop initial equipment PM plan and spare parts list.
  • Lead Machine FMEA for major equipment.
  • Address equipment downtime using MTBF and MTTR metrics.
Manage equipment suppliers, build, installation and acceptance
  • Maintain equipment project timelines. Manage on-time delivery.
  • Manage equipment drawing review and approval process with supplier. Review equipment drawings with SMEs and approve/reject based on review. Provide timely review and feedback to supplier.
  • Perform and document equipment run-off at suppliers prior to shipment.
  • Perform and document equipment run-off on-site, Final Acceptance Complete (FAC).
Oversee equipment installation process          
  • Work with supplier, rigging crew and staff to ensure on-time installation.
  • Maintain list of open items for installation process.
  • Review SOR, Open Issues List and Run-off requirements for FAC.
Other Responsibilities
  • Identifies and resolves potential program issues and/ or problems
  • Knows and understands process documentation and customer specific requirements as they relate to the program and/or equipment
  • Prepares and presents material for program reviews
  • Supports and coordinates with Department Leaders in preparation of RFQs and proposals, statement of work and specifications and execution of contract requirements


  • Five (5) years related experience in the die castings/automotive manufacturing industry
  • Minimum five years work related experience in automotive environment utilizing lean tools
  • Two (2) years project management experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and Leadership skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced working environment
  • Fundamental computer skills using Microsoft Office suite (including MS Project)
  • Ability to uphold confidentiality
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to work overtime to meet customer needs
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and manage projects

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