Manufacturing Engineer
Covidien - North Haven, CT

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SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Tooling / Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for providing expert daily direction in set-up, trouble shooting, optimization of equipment / tooling & process methods, repair & continuous improvement of production equipment.
The engineer assures safety aspects of the equipment meets specifications & requirements to assure employees safe working conditions.
The engineer is resident expert on production equipment & tooling and processes providing education to Associate Engineers, Manufacturing and Maintenance personnel to ensure a safe, high quality product is produced utilizing an efficient process.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Provides daily direction to manufacturing & maintenance personnel to set up, trouble shoot and repair automated & non-automated manufacturing equipment.

Provides expertise in specification, procurement, build, documentation, validation and personnel training on manufacturing equipment, in-process tooling and process design / development.

Teams with procurement engineering to specify automated equipment specifications, review equipment design & builds at outside suppliers and determines machine acceptance and potential changes at equipment FAT’s (Factory Acceptance Tests).

Provides documentation / education of equipment operation to engineering, manufacturing and maintenance personnel.

Maintains control of system software’s, control logic program files, mechanical and electrical schematics, drawings and bills of materials and revision histories.

Assures back up of all electronic PLC & PC driven systems program media and revisions are up to date.

Reviews manufacturing equipment and process for improvement potentials using statistical data.

Reviews equipment improvement and replacement requirements and authors CER’s (Capital Equipment Requisitions) for managers review and submission to obtain project funding, solidify project start and finish dates and document internal or outside contractor resources.

Teams with manufacturing and quality personnel on a daily basis to review, disposition, production defects (QN’s – quality notifications) and provides potential process or equipment corrective actions to assure a high quality produce is produced in an efficient manor meeting the customer demand schedule.

Review product field returns with Quality Assurance personnel to determine root cause of potential manufacturing defects and provide process corrective actions if a defect trend analysis documents an unstable process.

DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC/NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Engineer will be assigned to Operational Excellence teams for support as required.
Engineer will be assigned to PDP (Product Development Process) teams as required.
Engineering driven changes notices, BOM creation and provide SPAC system support.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS/SCOPE:
Position reports to Engineering Manager or delegated Department Sr. or Principle Engineer.
The position requires the ability to communicate effectively between departments such as Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Maintenance, Safety, Facilities and Metrology departments.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: ASME or BSME education or EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE (ME= Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering discipline.)

Length of necessary/required experience:
2-6 years of related experience

Other qualifications (DESIRABLE BUT NOT MANDATORY):
Tooling Design background
Equipment programming
Skills: Teaming-Communications, Mechanical aptitude/trouble shooting, Electronic trouble shooting, Project Management, CAD

Initiative and Ingenuity:
Must be self starter and work under minimal supervision.
Must have a “roll up the shirt sleeve and jump in” attitude and take initiative to be successful.
Must be inquisitive and communicate with all departments to “get up to speed” with equipment and product knowledge.

Decision Making:
The engineer must analyze issues in real time and communicate with all departments and resources to decide on course of action to maintain production of product with assurance of quality aspects.
The engineer must communicate with manufacturing and maintenance to determine course of action when equipment will be out of production for an extended period of time to assure alternative production direction.

Cost of mistakes:
Lost production schedules and reduced labor absorption
Increased scrap material cost variances
Loss in ability of business unit to meet customer needs
Damage & replacement of process equipment and related unplanned costs.

Quality:
The engineer must work with quality assurance to understand all quality characteristics of the product to assure an understanding of how the equipment and process can affect maintaining product specifications.
The engineer must team with manufacturing, quality and maintenance personnel to assure quality characteristics are maintained at set ups or during process changes on equipment.
The engineer will team with quality personnel to review and redevelop quality characteristics and specifications as required.
The engineer will be required to disposition product quality defects when quality assurance assigns the task.

SAFETY:
The engineer teams with all business unit personnel to audit and review safety conditions on a daily basis.
The engineer is responsible to review and provide a resource to rectify business unit safety concerns as identified by the EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) department as tracked through the CASE system.
The engineer will work with internal and external resources to reduce or eliminate potential safety hazards.
The engineer will employ the Dupont STOP audit system and perform inspections and provide completed STOP cards to EHS to foster a safety culture within the business unit.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHERS:
Engineer will review and educate junior and new engineering staff on departmental procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
Engineer will introduce junior and new engineering staff to manufacturing, quality, maintenance and metrology department personnel required to interact with.
Engineer will educate junior and new engineering staff to master equipment and processes.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Engineer will balance work requirements between production floor and office environment.
Engineer will use various hand tools to work on tooling and hardware on machinery.
EHS SOP’s will govern exposure to hazards and dictate LOTO procedures (lock out tag out).

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