• Manufacturing Engineer

    Job Locations US-IL-Sycamore
    Posted Date 7 days ago(12/7/2018 7:16 PM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Walter Becker founded IDEAL in 1916 and made a promise that is still an important part of the way IDEAL operates today: "An IDEAL product will provide a value greater than the price paid for it. Service is a part of the product." Becker's foundational principle represents our everyday commitment to you. It's the driving force behind our partnerships with the world's leading distributors, a state of the art delivery system, outstanding customer and technical support and variety of operational benefits designed to save you time and money. It means we're proud of the way we do business.


    IDEAL brings you products that make your job easier; products that you can rely on, with warranties you can trust; products that are available whenever and wherever you need them. Every IDEAL product comes with the promise made by our founder more than 90 years ago. 


    For nearly one hundred years the name SK has been synonymous with quality.  Today, SK is proud that its nearly 3000-item product line is manufactured in the U.S.A. With forging facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a brand new, state of the art manufacturing and distribution center in Sycamore, Illinois SK has evolved into a stronger, more customer driven company than ever before. As SK nears its one hundredth anniversary, it is focused even more solidly on quality control, new product design, and providing automotive professionals with the most innovative and reliable tools available anywhere, at any price.


    The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for manufacturing services for existing, modified and new products including the selection and implementation of lean processes, new equipment, new tooling and new manufacturing techniques into production. This position will drive process improvements reducing cost, scrap, rework, maintenance, and set‑up. This position will also work closely with the new product development team.


    • Process Development and Troubleshooting
      • Lead Kaizen events implementing lean tools including 5S, Poke Yoke, Visual Management, TPM, Quick Change, Single Piece Flow and Kanban.
      • Review existing products and processes making changes to reduce scrap, rework, direct labor costs, set‑up, quality cost and lead time.
      • Conduct experiments to determine optimal manufacturing processes.
      • Prepare cost analysis for justification of new or reworked tooling.
      • Troubleshoot tooling, processes and equipment both internally and externally for all assigned products.
      • Schedule and budget projects.
      • Design, quote, order, develop and implement tooling in a timely manner. 


    • Capital Equipment
      • Investigate, specify, and economically justify the purchase of new capital equipment.
      • Coordinate installation and introduction of new equipment and processes.


    • New Product Projects  
      • Complete conceptual design, quoting, ordering, development and implementation of tooling in a timely manner.
      • Schedule, budget and complete assigned responsibilities for New Product Projects.
      • Provide timely and accurate cost information, reviewing the design for manufacturing, concurrent engineering, reviewing the design specifications for completeness and reviewing the impact the product will have on each production department.  
      • Create and maintain the Production Documentation Package. 



    • BSME, BSIE or BSMT from an accredited program required.
    • Minimum 6 months of experience preferred.
    • Travel to other IDEAL tool group locations on occasion.


    • Possess knowledge or the ability to acquire knowledge of manufacturing processes, materials, equipment, and tools, including drawings.
    • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Able to support capital and new product projects from concept to implementation and successfully drive assigned elements to achieve project results. 
    • Able to collaborate with others to understand specific problems and evaluate solutions.
    • Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
    • Able to take initiative to evaluate and solve problems creatively.
    • Able to prioritize assignments to successfully complete projects on time and within budget.
    • Possess business acumen or the ability to acquire the knowledge to manage budgets, complete financial projects and costing and make good business decisions within the scope of the manufacturing engineering position.


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