Manufacturing Engineer – Woodshop (Kalamazoo, MI)

Our client, Landscape Forms, is growing. As a manufacturer of custom products where every day is different, Landscape Forms seeks someone who is energized by variety and thrives in an entrepreneurial culture. They are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer who is visionary and strategic and will help shape their growth. The successful candidate will build systems for monitoring efficiency, collaborate on product development launch, and analyze data, layout, and capacity.

Landscape Forms, an industry leader in high design site furniture and advanced LED lighting, is centered around three core philosophies: Design, Culture, and Craft. By partnering with some of the most influential and renown designers, architects, and landscape architects in the world, they help clients achieve outdoor environments and identities that create a sense of place.

Responsibilities

  • Operate within facility safety guidelines
  • Support manufacturing objectives: develop, implement and maintain area/product-specific work instructions, time studies, PFMEAs, preventative maintenance, and other related standard work and lean production tools
  • Create and execute continuous improvement projects to improve production processes, equipment and tooling
  • Conduct area capacity analysis and ensure all implemented processes and equipment support optimal cost, quality and safety
  • Collaborate with engineers, manufacturing team members, designers, suppliers, tool builders, and associates to support new product launches through the PDL system, and to support Applications requests
  • Prepare cost justification, quotes and proposals for new products, new equipment, and capital projects
  • Write and maintain product-specific CAM programs for area equipment
  • Document best-practices and maintain an organized program database
  • Create controlled documents for program-specific operator visuals and instructions as needed
  • Provide program time estimates and project quoting assistance for Studio 431 and Applications work
  • Other projects and responsibilities as necessary

Attributes for Success

  • A history of achievement with an emphasis on customer service and problem-solving
  • A track record of success developing manufacturing tooling and designing lean manufacturing processes
  • The desire to continuously improve and be willing to accept responsibility for decision-making
  • The ability to work well in a team environment, building a network of relationships with a positive attitude
  • The ability to work independently and objectively plan and organize tasks to meet project deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to communicate technical information effectively with individuals at all levels

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent skill level, training or experience in related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the use of lean manufacturing and project management tools
  • The ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Knowledgeable in the use of common quality system tools such as PFMEA, Gage R&R, capability studies, GD&T, tolerance stack-ups, standard deviation and the use of a CMM
  • An understanding of basic manufacturing equipment including lathes, mills, routers, plasma, laser, rollers, welders, and presses
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks CAD and Microsoft Office software
  • Experienced in metal fabrication, cellular manufacturing, and a base knowledge of the properties of materials used in site furniture such as steel, concrete, aluminum, wood, and plastics is required
  • The ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in common units of measure and have a working knowledge of data collection, data analysis, and evaluation

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact Sasha Gale, sgale@palladianwest.com.