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Manufacturing Engineer

Spartan Motors, Inc. Charlotte Full-Time
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The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for optimizing manufacturing and troubleshooting production problems, planning and designing manufacturing plant floor layouts to properly locate and co-ordinate equipment and material for efficient production. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to; preparing time studies, project planning/management, including managing budgets, supporting Production, developing and maintaining systems needed to drive continuous improvement in areas of cost, quality, safety, lead time and use of working capital.

•Evaluate tools and equipment process options that will reduce cost in the operation
•Seek approval for investments in machinery and equipment that will improve manufacturing / assembly operations
•Produce engineering drawings for and design fixturing / tooling
•Implement lean manufacturing principles such as visual controls, pull inventory systems within a process, workplace organization and continuous improvement
•Provide manufacturing technical support for production operations, which includes tooling, fixturing and process troubleshooting utilizing existing systems and procedures, as well as investigate new technologies, methods and processes to improve existing operations
•Monitor and correct safety / ergonomic issues
•Support the CI (Continuous Improvement) team to develop and organize lean events
•Actively participate in the WOW (War On Waste) team or program and assist in the implementation of WOW events
•Support the NPI (New Product Introduction) process; evaluating new projects for tooling and equipment needs
•Drive continuous improvement and eliminate waste in all manufacturing facilities
•Aid in work station load balancing for all manufacturing areas
•Verify, review and implement torque specifications as well as high risk part specifications
•Track welder certifications and make necessary adjustments based on requirements
•Manage plant and campus layouts, including, but not limited to; production lines and stations, office space, parking lots and warehousing
•Investigate problems, determine root cause, and implement corrective and preventative actions by communicating with and assisting cross-functional teams (quality, engineering, production, materials, purchasing, etcetera) to resolve issues
•Read current literature, talk with colleagues, participate in educational programs, attend workshops or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the manufacturing field
•Knowledge of SPS and core procedures
•Other tasks as assigned

•Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical / Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering or related field; minimum of five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
•Experience with working a low-volume/high variation manufacturing operation
•Proven ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, manage and maintain budgets
•Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize work and stay on task
•Innovative team player
•Intermediate computer skills are required
•Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, MS Project, MS PowerPoint) and computer aided design systems (SolidWorks and AutoCAD preferred)
•Good hands on engineering skills and ability to work on production equipment
•Sound judgment with the ability to make timely, and sometimes difficult, decisions
•Ability to work with some direction and be effective in a fast paced environment while being versatile, flexible and willing to work within constantly changing priorities
•Able to:
oEffectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
oUnderstand safety requirements and cautions
oCommunication skills, verbal and written
oInterpersonal skills
oOrganizational, problem-solving and analytical skills

Spartan Motors Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.

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Continuous Improvement Process
New Product Development
Lean Manufacturing


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