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Process Improvement Engineer

Columbia, SC, United States  |  Engineering  |  ID: REQ-9961

Description

Job Location

USA, Columbia, SC

Job Posting Title

Process Improvement Engineer

The Challenge

As a Manufacturing Process Improvement Engineer, you'll manage equipment and process effectiveness through the manufacturing facility. Operations include the areas such as assembly, foam, enamel, de-ox, and robotic welding. This position steers technical support, troubleshoots process issues, and drives operational improvements, through effective problem solving and corrective action implementation, to continuously improve safety, quality, delivery, cost & morale.

What you will Do

EQUIPMENT:

  • Own all equipment and tooling in the production area, from Engineering sign-off and forward.
  • Serve as the primary troubleshooting resource for the process in the plant. Lead control persons and maintenance staff on equipment repair.
  • Monitor and work to improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) in the area.
  • Recommend equipment and tooling for existing process; consult and sign-off on new purchases when applicable.
  • Responsible for and lead corrective action for Preventative Maintenance plans to ensure compliance and maximize equipment uptime.
  • Own Total Preventive Maintenance activities for the area.
  • Monitor and ensure the calibration of all equipment with Zone Leaders.
  • Provide feedback on equipment specifications based upon GE Appliances equipment standard and lessons learned.

SAFETY:

  • Support Operations Manager by identifying and implementing safety-related corrective actions and improvements for the area.
  • Assist with action item completion for the area's safety action item list, including corrective actions from near misses, accident reports & ergo assessments.
  • Update any inefficiencies in lock out tag out (LOTO) and attend annual training sessions.

PROCESS CONTROL:

  • Active participant in the development of the Manufacturing Control Plan and ensure it is adhered to within the production area.
  • Maintain process-level standards/procedures.
  • Work cross-functionally with multiple stakeholders to quickly address, identify root cause and solve production line issues (i.e. Operations, Safety, Quality).

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT:

  • Engage in and lead problem-solving for production area. Lead root cause identification of problems, implement appropriate countermeasures, and share across as best practice.
  • Support the Team and Business Leaders in the planning and execution of continuous improvement method.

NPI LAUNCHES:

  • Coordinate with Engineers on equipment purchases & qualification.
  • Interact with Design Engineers/Technology organization on model changes for manufacturing line set up.
  • Review product prototypes and concepts for manufacturability.
  • Provide feedback to the NPI team on capacity, impact on operator and process stability/sustainability.
  • Interface with vendors and OEM suppliers, along with Facilities Engineer, to learn maintenance requirements and equipment troubleshooting. Distribute information and knowledge.

What you need to Succeed

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or technical field, or equivalent education & experience.
  • Must have experience in troubleshooting high volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Solid verbal/written communication skills coupled with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced computer skills - high proficiency in Microsoft products with the ability to grasp new systems quickly.
  • Strong project management and analytical/problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to scope and analyze cross-functional problems to generate/implement solutions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, based on business need (includes weekends).
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment with both hourly and salary personnel to meet the needs of operators, the program and the business.
  • High initiative, self-starter, proactive, dedicated, results oriented.
     

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years’ experience in Manufacturing Engineering/Operations/Quality support roles or equivalent experience.
  • Hands on and relevant robotics and controls experience with electrical automated manufacturing equipment and processes.
  • Supply Chain Development Program.
  • Knowledge of Appliances manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in Controls, Preventive Maintenance, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatics and electrical.
  • Experience in PLC distributed I/O, and servo controls.
  • Experience in lean manufacturing practices.
  • Six Sigma certification.
  • Project Management skills.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for both an office and manufacturing environment.
  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 50 pounds.
  • Working in the manufacturing environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to, safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, work shoes/boots.
  • Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
  • Travel may be required for domestic and/or international travel to other sites/plants, etc.

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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