The GE Appliances Principal Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (AME) is a Capital Project Leader, member of the team supporting New Product Introduction (NPI), Cost-Out along with Plant Productivity projects. This critical position is key to continuing successful NPI launches of Connected Home appliances and to re-shoring of manufacturing to the US. Applicants for this role need to be mechanical equipment experts with strong assembly and work station design knowledge who enjoy leading change. The AME shall develop, manage and execute capital equipment and high volume manufacturing process projects to meet requiredbudget and launch schedules. The AME is a key liaison between NPI programs and the factory operations teams; ensuring plant priorities and objectives are clearly understood and considered. This includes providing input for design for manufacturability, applying lean principles to process designs and transferring process knowledge to the applicable factory personnel. This position may be located in one of our 4 manufacturing sites in the southeastern US or in Louisville, KY with 35%+ travel to those sites. Relocation assistance will be provided to qualified candidates.
What you will Do
· Coordinate and manage capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development utilizing GEA & industry 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: capital equipment & tooling budgets, program schedule, reliability, quality and labor targets. Work with the program team to perform trade-off analysis on competing metrics if necessary and drive decisions based on overall business impact.
· Facilitate/lead the use of the Production Preparation Process (3P) and Lean manufacturing principles while developing manufacturing equipment and processes. Utilize cross-functional participation to ensure that the equipment and processes are compatible with the entire value stream. Efforts should include: right-sized equipment, workstation design, material presentation, standard work and single piece flow.
Standards and Compliance:
· Ensure all equipment executed in GEA factories comply with Industry and Governmental Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards.
· Utilize Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles to ensure that all equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind.
· Work with functional leaders to ensure equipment & processes support business initiatives of Bill of Process (BoP), Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomic Design and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
Cross-functional Work and Leadership:
· Work with factory operations and Lean teams to understand the Value Stream and how your projects impact this. Ensure material flow, workstation set up, model mix, etc. are considered when workstations / equipment are designed.
· 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 design team to ensure Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) is considered on part design.
· As a Principal Engineer, participate in growing the AME organization’s capability. This includes mentoring, guiding and helping more junior team members as well as adding to the body of knowledge of the department (training, developing new manufacturing processes, supporting Hoshin objectives, etc.)
What you need to Succeed
· Experience managing capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation and qualification of equipment
· Prior experience in a large-scale, short cycle, high volume manufacturing environment
· Experience with Lean manufacturing principles
· 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)
· Ability to communicate effectively and be an agent for change.
· Good organizational, project management and presentation skills to interact with all levels within the organization and with suppliers and vendors
· Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company
· Ability to mentor, grow more junior members of the team and add to the body of AME knowledge for the business
· Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related discipline OR equivalent 7 years’ hands on experience in technical/manufacturing disciplines
· 7+ years of experience with procurement, testing, installation of manufacturing equipment and process improvement
· Significant experience in one of the following areas and some experience at least two other areas: mechanical equipment installation, standardized work, assembly line design, work station design
· BS degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering
· Experience with implementing Lean process improvement in a manufacturing operation
· Prior NPI program experience
· Six Sigma Certification
· Proficient in MS Office, MSScheduler (or equivalent) and AutoCAD
· Working conditions are normal for a high-volume manufacturing environment.
· Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds and working in and around heavy equipment.
· Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.
· These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
· This position may be located in Louisville, KY with significant 35% travel to one of four manufacturing sites in the southeastern US
· Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends will be required during applicable project stages.
KEYWORDS: CapEX projet, full project life cycle, HVM, JIT, High volume, short cycle, manufacturing, Industrial Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt, lean continuous improvement, vertically integrated manufacturing, PMP, Project Management Professional
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