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Manufacturing Engineer

Britton, South Dakota 57430

Category: Professional Job Number: 15891


Voca has an immediate opening available for a Manufacturing Engineer in Britton, SD!

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Job Description:

  • Accountable for solving technical problems associated with the facilities and machines used in the manufacturing process, and for developing recommendations for process improvements.

    With general guidance from of the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, works on plans to utilize personnel, facilities, machinery and equipment to achieve the desired quality and quantity of production at the most favorable cost.

    Develops and improves production processes.
    1.1 Works with production staff to identify opportunities for improvement, which may include "bottlenecks" in the process or methods and machines that are not producing quality work.
    1.2 Studies existing fixtures, tooling, equipment and automation to develop design modifications to improve accuracy and efficiency.
    1.3 Designs new fixtures, tooling, equipment and automation for plant processes and upgrades of current machines to improve quality and efficiency.
    1.4 Develops cost/benefit analysis and layout for future purchases of machinery or development of new work cells in response to anticipated production capacity needs, writing proposals for capital improvements.

    Assists with the preparation of cost estimates for given products by analyzing the production process and costing each step, providing information to be used by corporate engineering and sales staff for proposals and product pricing.

    Designs the manufacturing process for new parts or products and maintains process documentation when modifications to existing process are made.
    3.1 Designs the manufacturing process for new parts by breaking down the process into steps, placing those steps in the correct sequence, and assigning the process to the most efficient available machine or cell.
    3.2 Writes and reviews engineering change requests (ECO's) to determine whether proposed changes require process modifications and either recommends that the change be approved or recommends that the ECO not be approved based on lack of feasibility or excessive cost.
    3.3 Changes process documentation to conform to new methods.
    3.4 Works with supervisors to train production staff in the use new methods.

    Provides direct problem solving support to the production and quality functions using advanced statistical techniques and methodologies.
    4.1 Troubleshoots and solves problems for assembly, machining and specific areas of production.
    4.2 Oversees the use of quality tools such as statistical process control, control plans, answering questions and helping production workers with development of proper technique.

    All employees are expected to deal with customers and co-workers in a positive and respectful way and perform their duties in a safe and effective manner. Certain other standards apply to all positions, with some additional standards tailored to departments or job groups. These standards are not repeated here, but may be found in other company publications such as the Performance and Development Appraisal booklets, Quality Manual and related documents, and the company mission and style statements. All employees are expected to conduct their jobs by the standards set forth in these publications.

    Uses a computer terminal, networked software, Business system, CAD system, machine tool numeric control system, hand tools, machine tools, and general office equipment.


  • 3+ years mfg eng experience (must be current)
    Tooling/automation experience 3 to 5 years must be fairly current experience
    Project management must have 3 to 5 years

    Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering, or a related field, and five or more years of related manufacturing engineering experience.

    Technical problem solving (difficult), design and modify fixtures, tooling, equipment and automation, GD&T, Cost/benefit analysis development, layout development, capital improvement proposals, mfg process design, generate-review-write routings, approve ECO’s, provide technical training, SPC, control plans, PFMEAS’s, process flows, work instructions, knowledge of machine tools and numeric control systems, business system—routings/BOM’s, CAD, word, excel, power point, access, adobe, text of considerable difficulty, persuasive writing, verbal communication of technical matters, high level math skills, minitab, lean manufacturing principles/takt time calculations, lean 6 sigma methodology, asset software.
    Strength and movement: Work requires occasional lifting, reaching, and handling of equipment and reports. Occasional keyboard use is required. Study of machine operations may require occasional kneeling, stooping, crouching, climbing or crawling to observe moving parts. A considerable amount of time is spent moving within the facility to communicate with staff and observe production processes.
    Sensory ability: Vision must be sufficient to read instructions and words and numbers on paper and computer screens. Far vision, depth perception and field of vision must be sufficient to observe the details of work in progress and machine operation.
    Communication: Verbal communication occurs frequently, with much of the time spent communicating with individuals from various departments.
    Level of exertion: Work is mostly light, requiring occasional exertion of up to 40 pounds of force to move materials or equipment.

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