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With more than 1,700 employees at 16 locations worldwide, we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. Do-it-yourselfers, craftsmen and industrial customers all over the world trust in our innovative products, resource-saving technologies and our personal, fast service. We know that inspiring technology only comes from inspired people. In our quest for ever new, forward-looking technologies, we therefore need talented people who think and act like us: enthusiastic all-rounders, thinkers and doers, technicians and tinkerers who, in all their diversity, respect, trust and complement each other in order to shape the future of coating technology together.

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Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


Title: Manufacturing Engineer

Reports to: Director of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering



Position Objective:

Responsible for continuously improving production systems to ensure that product conforms to specifications while operating in the most cost effective manner keeping focus on customer excellence and employee safety. Scope of responsibility to include new product development, current products and assembly lines, as well as non- production functions.




1. Perform the manufacturing engineering activities that support new product development to ensure the product design conforms to the principles of DFA.  Lead the development of assembly procedures and assembly process implementation from product development into manufacturing.  This includes designing, fabricating, qualifying assembly line equipment, fixtures, and tools as needed to build company product to design specifications.  Processes and production line must be laid out as needed to achieve efficiency targets.  Manufacturing Engineer needs to determine labor stand time needed to build company product during development phase

2. Lead lean initiatives including demand-driven continuous flow, 5-S, and elimination of wastes through the use of lean principles.  Track progress by the use of setting goals and tracking progress to ensure goals are met.

3. Maintain and develop work instructions to insure process and equipment are maintained and in place to consistently produce products to specifications.  Work with shop floor employees to consistently fulfill assembly plan.

4. Research, develop, and implement cost reductions on products and operational processes.

5. Analyze material flow from suppliers through production and distribution.  Work with materials department and supplier to implement changes.

6. Implement process changes to improve one time through yield and reduce line scrap.  Identify root causes and implement corrective actions to reduce line failures.  Work with internal departments and external suppliers as needed to prevent recurrence.

7. Prepare and submit capital justification request.  Coordinate the procurement and implementation after approval.

8. Review and sign off on ECN’s and ADR’s.  Submit ECN’s and ADR’s as needed to improve process and product.

9. Perform other duties and assume accountability as apparent or as delegated, including mutually agreed upon objectives.



Relationship to Others:

Tool Room, Maintenance, and outside Tool Makers, Installers: Provide work direction as needed to fabricate and install equipment, tools, jigs, and fixtures.

Operations, Engineering, Quality, Marketing, and Suppliers:  Main contact points in making, qualifying, improving, and resolving processes as needed to make product.

Far East Suppliers: Work with manufacturing at other manufacturing plants to develop assembly lines and procedures.  Depending on product complexity, travel might be required during pilot builds or first production run to qualify process.



Dimensions of Position:

Position is critical to the company’s objective to introduce new products along with sustaining current products.

Provides manufacturing engineering support in new product development. Includes development of assembly methods, tooling, assembly line layout, and capacity analysis.  Lead DFM/DFA during new product development.  Participate on FMEA team.

Work with sensitive company information related to deign, quality, costs, and margin. 



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering from an ABET accredited program preferred. Certification in Lean, 5S, DFMA, FMEA, DOE, SPC, 6 sigma is a plus.



Minimum of 2 years experience in a manufacturing environment with an understanding of custom mechanical or electromechanical components processing is desired.



  • Must be able to work with people from multiple disciplines to successfully accomplish project goals (project management leadership) with demonstrated level of project management success
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions (complex problem solving).
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Word and Powerpoint) with advanced skills in Excel
  • Strong understanding of DFA/DRM and lean principles
  • Working knowledge of business acumen and financial management
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting engineering drawings and blueprints

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis