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Principal Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing-Metal Fabrication

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Engineering  |  ID: REQ-13773

Description

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing-Metal Fabrication

The Challenge

Job Description Summary

The Principal, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (AME) will be a member Refrigeration Team. The AME will be responsible for managing and executing capital equipment and manufacturing process projects supporting new product introductions (NPI), cost out initiatives and plant improvements in foam operations and case fabrication. The AME will also be a key liaison between the NPI program and the plant operations teams; ensuring that plant priorities and objectives are clearly understood and considered for the area under their ownership.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manage capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development utilizing GE standards, supplier selection, early supplier engagement, technical reviews, factory layout development, installation and qualification of equipment.

  • Ensure all tooling and equipment is reliable and robust and designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

  • Own the program metrics as applicable to your assigned projects: manufacturing labor plan (VLOH), equipment and tooling budgets and quality of in-house manufactured parts/product.

  • Work with the program team to perform trade-off analysis on competing metrics if necessary and drive decisions based on overall business impact.

  • Develop manufacturing processes.

  • Utilize cross-functional participation to ensure that the equipment and process and processes are compatible with the entire value stream. Efforts should include: Early equipment management (TPM), workstation design, material presentation, standard work and single piece flow.

  • Utilize the 9-Step Process for tooling and equipment design; consult Critical Process leaders as applicable to ensure development of robust processes for part / product generation.

  • Work with cross-functional team to develop Manufacturing Control Plans (MCP) and Manufacturing Control Instructions (MCI).

  • Work with EHS and the Advanced Industrial Engineer equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind.

  • Work with factory operations and Lean teams to understand the Value Stream and how your projects impact this. Ensure material flow, workstation setup, model mix, etc. are considered when workstations / equipment is designed.

  • Work with design team to ensure Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) is considered on part design.

  • As a Principal AME you will be responsible for mentoring, guiding and helping less experienced team members with overall program deliverables.

What you need to Succeed

Qualifications / Requirements

  • BS degree in Engineering or similar field

  • 5+ years experience managing capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation and qualification of equipment

  • Significant experience in one of the following areas: assembly line design, polyurethane foam, plastics thermoforming, and/or metal fabrication

  • 7+ years hands on experience in manufacturing equipment and processes

  • Experience with implementing Lean process improvement in a manufacturing operation

  • Ability to work in large cross-functional teams and at multiple levels in the organization (both salaried and shop floor operators / skilled trades team members)

  • Good communication skills – will be expected to provide program report outs to cross-functional team

  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company

  • Proficient in MS Office, MS Scheduler (or equivalent) and AutoCAD

  • Travel may be required

Desired Characteristics

  • Master's degree in Engineering or similar field

  • Prior NPI program experience

  • Six Sigma Certification

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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