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Manufacturing Engineer - Fabrication Shop

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0002317
Date Posted: Apr 15, 2021
Segment: Industry
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Company Name: Sullair, LLC
Profession (Job Category): Production & Skilled Trades
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

This position is for an outgoing and assertive individual who can juggle multiple projects and cope with the associated pressures to drive innovation and directly support Sullair’s manufacturing operations. The Manufacturing Engineer will integrate (SQDCM) EH&S, Quality, Delivery, Product Cost and Inventory goals into their daily tasks and projects.  This individual must be a change advocate and successfully motivate and lead cross-functional teams to the ultimate sustainable outcome utilizing lean manufacturing concepts. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Study and improve manufacturing processes and procedures aimed at lowering manufacturing costs.
  • Create and improve manufacturing drawings and programs for laser cutting, bending, and robotic welding operations.
  • Create and improve process control procedures to ensure safety and quality in the powder coat finishing process and assembly/packaging operations.
  • Support both the tactical and strategic goals and objectives through the implementation of lean principles of manufacturing, i.e., 6S, 5Why, Kaizen, VSM, etc.
  • Creation of work instructions, documentation and optimized operational routings for given work centers.
  • Tool selection and procurement.
  • Process Plans, tool design, gage planning and troubleshooting of processes.
  • Cost estimates, time standards, technical support of shop floor.
  • Specification, justification and implementation of capital equipment to advance manufacturing technology throughout Operations.
  • Develop floor layouts for existing and future project/processes in AutoCAD.
  • Participate in and lead root cause analyses of quality, manufacturing and process issues.
  • Assist in make versus buy analyses on products and processes.
  • Perform capacity and factory layout analyses to meet business demand.
  • Participate in and conduct Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) On the Fly as required to detect and correct potential safety issues on the shop floor.
  • Audit and Approve ECOs for new product and for current product and process.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Chemical or Industrial Engineering.

Professional experience:

  • 3-5 years plus experience in Manufacturing or related field.
  • Experience with CNC Fabrication Equipment and other automated manufacturing equipment.
  • Experience with paint/powder coating or other finishing processes preferred.
  • Exposure to engineering change order documentation, qualification for operations, and product lifecycle management.
  • Demonstrate strong abilities in Lean Manufacturing concepts and techniques (Lean tools; Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Kaizen, DMAIC, etc.
  • Project Management experience and PMP certification is a plus.
  • Ability to lead a cross-functional team and control timing/budget for improvement projects.
  • 6 Sigma Green/Black belt certification a plus.
  • Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (PFMEA) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) exposure.
  • Good analytical skills and must be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to adapt and implement modern technology quickly.
  • Flexible with hours to support operations and new part introduction.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) required.
  • Strong computer skills required including proficiency in MS Office.
  • Experience in CAD/CAM.
  • Candidate must be self-directed, a self-starter, and be able to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Enthusiastic, cooperative, and positive behavior.
  • Operations supervision/management experience a plus.

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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