Manufacturing Process Engineer

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Manufacturing Process Engineer

Mfg Process Eng III-Plant
Description/Job Summary
The Industrial Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for identifying, recommending, and implementing cost cutting projects and process improvements by using industry-standard Lean Manufacturing Techniques. The Industrial Engineer will take initiatives which will reduce inventory, labor, and materials costs.? The Industrial Engineer will coordinate and report monthly progress on 5S activity, project activity, and cost savings initiatives. The Industrial Engineer is required to maintain a portfolio of cost saving/process improvement projects which will consist of (a) active projects, (b) projects in the pipeline, and (c) projects at conceptual stage. This portfolio is to be reviewed with the Continuous Improvement Manager on a monthly basis.


  • Conducts time studies for all plant processes to determine accurate data for capacity and quoting activities.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement cost cutting projects and process improvements.
  • Take initiatives which will simplify the processes and reduce inventory, labor, and materials costs.
  • Coordinate and report monthly progress.
  • Develop, analyze and troubleshoot production processes (both technical repair and support sides of the operation) through the use of engineering tools, methods and techniques.
  • Reengineer processes to optimize product flow, reduce variation, streamline operations and support cost cutting initiatives.
  • Provide support to production operations in the areas of equipment, layout, tooling, fixtures, and machines.
  • Responsible for the planning, project management, purchasing, installing, etc. of production equipment.
  • Ensure processes conform to Lean Production practices by evaluating new and existing processes and implementing solutions to improve productivity and quality.
  • Take an active role in the development & implementation of a Lean Strategy as it applies to layout work instructions, and work flow.
  • Implement continuous improvements and assist with process changes.
  • Maintain a portfolio of cost savings/process improvement projects and review with reporting manager on a monthly basis.
  • Interface with all aspects of operations including quality, materials and maintenance
  • Ability to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Shifts
  • Effectively present ideas to management.
  • Perform special project assignments.
  • Regular attendance and timeliness.
  • Bachelor?s degree required with strong preference for Industrial Engineering.
  • Certification in Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma a plus.
  • Must have a minimum of 3-4 years? relevant experience in a production environment.
  • Must have a demonstrated knowledge of high volume production methods, procedures, and cost-reduction techniques in a Lean environment.
  • Fundamental understanding of industry-standard Lean Manufacturing Techniques.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Lean Production tools: including 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, Pull Systems, Cellular Production, Kanban, and Kaizen.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability in analytical thinking.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in support of strategic objectives and to work with and motivate team members in support of those objectives.
  • Must have the ability to effectively present ideas to the client.
  • Must have the ability to interface with vendors, planners, customers, and management of all levels of the organization with a positive, professional, customer-focused approach.
  • Must be able to work independently and with others in a team environment.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 49 lbs. frequently unassisted; must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. infrequently.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced production environment.
  • Must be able to see and read small, fine print.
  • Must be able to listen carefully and follow directions.
  • Must be able to stand, walk and bend while performing job functions.
  • Must be able to use electrical, electronic and/or mechanical hand tools.
  • Occasional exposure to fumes and other chemicals.
  • Must be able to work in an environment with moderate to loud noises.

About American Axle & Manufacturing

For over 20 years, customers around the world have entrusted AAM to design, engineer, validate and manufacture driveline, metal forming, powertrain, and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets. Today, we are a premier global Tier 1 automotive supplier with broad capabilities across multiple product lines to deliver efficient, powerful and innovative solutions for our customers. We?ve earned the trust of our suppliers and our customers through our steadfast commitments to quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.

AAM delivers power. We deliver power literally through vehicle components, systems and innovation, but we also deliver power in ways unseen. We power our associates, their families, and the communities in which we operate. Our global team of over 25,000 associates has a clear vision of where AAM is going and how we are going to get there. After all, they are the reason we are a leader in the automotive industry. We are powering the future. We are AAM. Move with us, and join #TeamAAM.

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