Welcome to the WAGNER world!

With more than 1,600 employees at 16 locations and in 13 countries we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. We bring colour, protection and functions to surfaces. Our customers are industrial enterprises, crafts enterprises and do-it-yourselfers. The enthusiasm for perfect surfaces unites us. We are not simply looking for employees. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm.

Manufacturing Engineer II

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447



Thank you for your interest in Wagner. We always have our eyes open for talented people who want to learn, grow and expand their capabilities with Wagner.

From start to finish, you'll enjoy a fun and colorful career at Wagner.


Wagner is small enough that you matter and large enough for you to make a difference.

Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of the Wagner family.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check.



Our benefit package includes starting at 4 weeks PTO per year, 401(k) and a company match, medical, dental, life, disability, long term care insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement.



Position Objective:

Team member of the new product development team responsible for the research, design and development of manufacturing systems, processes, machines, tools, and equipment as it relates to developing new products or other operational projects. This will be accomplished by using resources (money, material, and people) in the most economic, efficient, and effective way possible while holding paramount in achieving customer excellence and employee safety.






  • Perform 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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.


  • Global 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. Participates on the FMEA team.


  • Provide work direction to assembly and warehouse personnel. Job requires leading specialized training programs that support manufacturing policies and procedures such as but not limited to:
    • Support and maintain Wagner programs related to production: examples are providing training of fuel systems, hoists, torque calibration station…
    • Lead and mentor summer interns on special projects to accomplish a specific project/program goal
    • Conduct training to suppliers and their personnel as needed to secure a sustainable manufacturing control plan


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



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering
  • Certification in Lean, 5S, DFMA, FMEA, DOE, SPC, 6 sigma is a plus



  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment with an understanding of mechanical equipment assembly desired. 



  • Must be able to work with people from multiple disciplines to successfully accomplish project goals (project management leadership).
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions (complex problem solving).
  • Makes us of good judgment and decision making ability
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel
  • AutoCAD
  • Facility, line, cell layout and process development and startup experience
  • History in leading multiple discipline projects
  • Knowledge of Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA)
  • Able to calculate and identify manufacturing capacity, restraints, and capabilities     
  • Background in metal machining, mechanics, equipment, capabilities, and associated operational processes as required to produce parts and assemblies to print specification.
  • Excellent computer skill using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Project, Visio, PowerPoint, Outlook)  
  • Practiced and participated in Lean Manufacturing, 5S activities desired
  • Strong understanding of DFA/DRM and lean principles


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis