Manufacturing Engineer
KINZE Manufacturing - Williamsburg, IA

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In 1965, KINZE was established in a small weld shop in Ladora, IA and today we still pride in the excellent work of our Manufacturing Engineers. Here at Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. we are proud to be a family run organization that keeps on the edge of innovative products in the agricultural row crop industry. If it's row crop, it's got to be Kinze ® . Thinking in rows pretty much defines everything we do. It pushes us to do what we do better than anybody else. The way we see it, if you're good at something, might as well be the best. From the way we build our advanced row-crop planters and grain auger carts to the agronomic know-how to help get the consistent, precise seed placement growers want in their fields. At Kinze, that's what it means to think in rows.

This position requires creativity , analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as being experienced with new product development, production launch and production support activities working with heavy metal fabrication, welding, and assembly processes. Responsible for process and tooling designs; developing a plan for every part; documenting such things as processes and work instructions; and implementing, optimizing, and testing processes to ensure they are capable of producing high quality products safely and efficiently. This person will also be responsible for identifying, justifying, proposing, and implementing capital equipment.

Oversee and be directly responsible for new product development activities such as:

Participate or lead design reviews to ensure design for manufacturability concepts are being followed

Conduct manufacturing print reviews with other ME’s or shop personnel to ensure documentation supports manufacturing activities

Be directly involved in all prototyping activities

Determine tooling and fixturing requirements and develop process verification plans to ensure process is safe, produces a consistent product that meets all design requirements and meets established production requirements.

Develop routings, labor standards and bill of material information for new products

Responsible for developing production launch plans and to oversee pilot and pre-production runs

Training of shop floor personnel on production of new products

Lead Process FMEA exercises and 3P events in evaluating new products and processes

Develop and maintain workplace layouts to improve material flow, material presentation, ergonomics and efficiency.

Develop product cost estimates for new and/or modified products

Develop and maintain routings and bill of materials

Develop, implement, and maintain equitable standards

Develop methods for measuring work performance against standards

Develop and maintain standard work and detailed process work instructions

Develop standardized documentation

Implement method changes that reduce costs

Training and auditing of operators to ensure processes are robust and produce desired results.

Investigate, recommend, and implement replacement or new technology (equipment and processes)

Develop capital justification for purchase and installation

Lead implementation and installation of equipment and technology

Participate in and lead Lean initiatives

Determine, prioritize, and implement cost savings, quality improvement, safety and ergonomic improvement projects and activities

Develop and implement production/process methods and controls to meet quality standards in the most cost efficient manner.

Initiate, track and implement ECO changes to ensure appropriate follow through actions have been taken.

Work with cross-functional groups, including Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Purchasing to solve complex problems and improve process reliability and reduce overall costs

Provide support and trouble shooting for current operations. Investigate, gather and analyze data and implement solutions.

Take a lead role in shop consumable management

Assist operators and shop management in understanding new technology

Supervise activities of ME interns on an ongoing basis

Other related duties as assigned

Required Skills

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Good computer knowledge – MS Excel, Word, Outlook, MRP systems, 3D CADD software

Strong blue print reading skills

Strong Quality skills at establishing well controlled and verified processes

MRP experience

High technical and analytical abilities

Positive attitude and a willingness to be helpful throughout the organization

Strong leadership skills

Good project management skills

Good problem solving skills

Knowledge in the use and application of Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering or related engineering field

5 to 7+ years engineering experience in an industrial environment

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