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Principal Tooling Engineer, Metals

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Engineering  |  ID: REQ-13705


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Tooling Engineer, Metals

The Challenge

The Principal Tooling Engineer, Metals interfaces with the GEA product line teams, GEA buyers and metal stamping suppliers on supplier-held tooling to optimize part design and cost. You will oversee part and tooling design as well as project management of die builds at suppliers. Additionally, this role works with metal stamping tooling suppliers on best practice development, manufacturing process improvements, root cause analysis, problem resolution, should cost analysis and maintaining existing tooling in support of GEA production.

What you will Do

  • Drive execution of New Product Introduction (NPI) tooling projects and support current production by providing technical leadership for supplier-held tooling
  • Work with GEA product design function on metal component and assembly part design for manufacturability, scoping tooling costs and schedules
  • Assist GEA Parts Suppliers, GEA Supplier Quality Engineers and GEA buyers in developing appropriate, timely and cost-effective new metal tooling while addressing current production tooling issues
  • Work with tooling suppliers on adhering to industry standard tooling design practices as well as adhering to GEA tooling standards for new tooling. Review and approve all new die designs for NPI and any required current production parts to align with GEA schedules.
  • Support NPI toll gates (T-0 / T-1) samplings as required by GEA Product Lines
  • Maintain die build tracking logs throughout scoping, design, build, and qualification for new and modified tools
  • Manage production risks through proactive, supplier-held asset management including refurbishment disposition, funding reviews, and preventative maintenance tracking

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience and/or Tooling Journeyman

·       Minimum 7 years of experience with tooling, including part design, tool design and fabrication, and/or processing experience

·       Demonstrated experience successfully specifying dies

·       Solid experience in metal processing through tooling. Ability to solve processing problems and/or improve efficiency of cycle time

·       Ability to use standard 3D part and tool modeling software, ie. SolidWorks or equivalent

·       Solid understanding of tool fabrication processes, industry standard tool steels and parts standards

·       Sound understanding of tooling cost structure and experience in managing multiple tool quotes and negotiating optimized tooling costs and lead times

·       Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to drive projects and provide instructions/improvement recommendations to tool makers for solving problems

·       Demonstrated project management skills; excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills required

·       Demonstrated ability to take ownership of issues, initiate actions and make effective judgments

·       Interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.  Ability to distill complex messaging into a concise, clear message

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Prior supplier-held tooling Sourcing experience

·       Experience in managing outside tool shops and/or tool development with multiple suppliers, specifying work to be done, quote review and coordinating schedules

·       Tooling process improvement experience

·       Six Sigma or equivalent certification


Travel to suppliers and sites will be required. Travel will be a minimum of 25% of the time and may include international travel

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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