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IDEX Process Automation Engineer in Benton Harbor, Michigan

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses at around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

Scope of Role:

Responsible for the continuous improvement, lean value stream process support, and maintenance of manufacturing processes to maximize productivity while minimizing costs. Act in a leadership role within the Engineering Department and serve as a technical expert within Operations and with skilled trades. Work with cross-functional teams to develop organizational wide automation, machining, and assembly strategy. Select and on-board new equipment to support strategy, while maintaining positive employee relations, team-oriented problem solving and employee accountability.

Duties and Responsibility:

  • Develops advanced manufacturing processes. Assigned strategic investigations to support long range manufacturing development.

  • Has excellent knowledge of metal cutting equipment (CNC lathes, mills, etc.) Has a deep understanding of programming needs and maintenance fundamentals. Can aid in the selection of new machines, tooling, automation and processes required to meet productivity objectives.

  • Oversee the purchase of new equipment which includes the initial justification, supplier contact, studies of equipment prior to purchase and after installation, implementation and training of personnel in use of new equipment. Has excellent knowledge of metal cutting equipment (CNC lathes, mills, etc.) Has a deep understanding of programming needs and maintenance fundamentals.

  • Identify new processes integrating automation into the facility. Leading projects to onboard, configure and troubleshoot control systems during launch and sustainment in manufacturing.

  • Perform Machine/Automation run offs, identifying process capability (CPK) and modifying to meet industry standards.

  • Advances and maintains manufacturing work instructions associated with the product including assembly, final assembly, paint and test and special processes. Assist in the training and evaluation when applicable

  • Coordinates manufacturing process changes resulting from Engineering Change Notices or new product implementation which includes tooling, fixtures, gages, CNC programs, packaging and routings.

  • Prepares routings for new or revised parts or to reflect modifications of current manufacturing methods. Process information, cost and prototype requests as required.

  • Provides innovative, cost effective solutions to manufacturing process problems utilizing lean principles. Modify cell layouts utilizing lean value stream principles. Determines and recommends improvements of accurate cell capacity and production rates.

  • Serves as an internal manufacturing process consultant for product groups, management, and new product development engineering, marketing, and sales. Work with other departments within the corporation to ensure cost reduction efforts are being addressed, implemented and sustained.

  • Understands and applies TPM (Preventative Maintenance) to equipment and facilities. Implement and maintain Visual Factory and 5 S systems on the production floor and in support areas.

  • Understands Lean manufacturing and can manage productivity improvement projects to support rapid improvement. Responsible for the continuous improvement of process capability. Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field.

  • Minimum 3-5 years of operations experience in a manufacturing environment with increasing responsibilities.

  • Preferred applicants will have significant experience in the automation industry

  • Experience in integrated control system troubleshooting and configuration (PLC, HMI, OIT)

  • Familiar with Vision Systems and motion controllers/actuators.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude with ability to learn and adapt to new processes are a plus.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with emphasis on cross functional team development and leading skilled trades.

  • Demonstrated project management skills.

  • Working knowledge of GD&T methodology.

  • Experience implementing Continuous Improvement and TPM programs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in machining and/or assembly operations, mix model cell structure is a plus.

Physical/Mental/Environmental Requirements :

Demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement. Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment, thinks independently, shows initiative, anticipates and prevents problems, mechanical aptitude and mental/physical/visual acuity, ability to do long-term repetitive work, excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, ability to operate computers. Persons occupying this position will be expected to sign an Employee Inventions and Proprietary Information agreement.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, IDEX businesses make thousands of products that are mission-critical components in everyday activities. Chances are the car you’re driving has a BAND-IT® clamp holding your side airbag safely in place. If you were ever in a car accident, a Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue tool may have saved your life. If you or a family member is battling cancer, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our growing IDEX Health & Science team.