Manufacturing Engineer

Shiloh Industries, Inc. Alma , MI 48801

Posted 2 weeks ago




This position is responsible for supporting ongoing and new manufacturing processes and improvements within the plant that will meet and/or exceed internal and customer expectations. A Manufacturing Engineer is a hands-on technical resource to lead and carryout engineering activities and initiatives to support manufacturing operations. This individual is a die casting expert, tooling specialist, mentor, and teacher with a high degree of competency in maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem solving. The position continually improves the performance of the die casting process through projects to improve machine control, reduce variation, and implement new technologies.

This position, as well as others in the facility, must promote plant wide safety, housekeeping, visual management, and the implementation and sustainability of the Shiloh Production System.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and technical expertise in the die cast tooling department to ensure company and departmental goals are continually achieved

  • Supports the Engineering department goals to achieve continuous improvement projects that meet short and long-term growth and cost objectives

  • Leads casting sampling activity for new prototype and production parts to identify and document required process parameters to meet customer requirements

  • Monitor both internal and external product quality, as well as current production performance, and implement corrective or improvement actions to meet or exceed plant and customer goals and objectives

  • Provides technical assistance and product expertise to reduce costs of existing products with a focus on redirecting costs of non-quality (scrap, rework, customer returns, and downtime) and eliminating non-value added operations

  • Regularly reviews and evaluates process data to predict and correct undesirable die casting process related conditions before impacting Overall Equipment Effectiveness

  • Utilizes process data on a regular basis to identify improvement opportunities in scrap rate, cycle time, uptime, or other plant metrics in the die casting operation

  • Oversees and manages die cast tooling process changes in accordance with Shiloh change management procedures

  • Facilitates effective communication across all departments and within the die casting value stream across a three-shift operation to share progress, status, and lessons-learned

  • Collaborates with customers and engineering peers to ensure design for manufacturability of new casting programs

  • Reviews and provides input on all new tooling designs to ensure effectiveness for the die casting process

  • Provides engineering floor support to production die casting operations and maintenance activities for advanced troubleshooting to minimize downtime and scrap

  • Assists in the education and training of floor personnel to enhance employee ownership and quality improvement

  • Assists in coordinating the design, procurement, and delivery of new machinery, equipment, and miscellaneous supplies/tools that meet necessary quality requirements and equipment specifications to support and continually improve die casting operations

  • Actively researches, trials, and implements new technologies into the die casting process to promote development and advances in the die casting process

  • Executes all scheduled layered process audits to provide accountability and promote a culture of operational discipline

  • Actively participates in the facility Safety Team and complete all STOP audits on-time as scheduled

  • Promotes a culture of safety and continuous improvement

  • In accordance with SHILOH Leadership Standards, develop, measure, improve and achieve key measurable performance objectives including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Cost of Quality

  • Cost per Good Shot

  • Die Cast Uptime

  • On-Time Delivery


  • Value Per Labor Hour

  • Limited travel for business purposes may be required.

  • Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

Education and/or Experience

Required: Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or related technical field; or equivalent combination three to five years of related experience and education and/or training.

Preferred: Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or related technical field with training and experience in aluminum high-pressure die casting process.

Skills and Abilities

  • Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical manuals, professional journals, and technical procedures, blueprints and layouts, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals, and log books. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, coworkers, and vendors concerning equipment and operational performance.

  • Math Skills - Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Advanced mathematical skills such as working with exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations, frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis is also preferred.

  • Reasoning Ability Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Computer Skills:
    Computer literate to write, read, and reply to e-mail. Excel, MS Project, Word are required and AutoCAD or 3D modeling experience is beneficial.

  • Technical Skills:
    Complete and thorough understanding of the die casting process, including but not limited to PQ2, gating, metal flow, metal handling, die cast tooling and die cast safety. Able to setup, program, operate and troubleshoot: sprayers, ladles, extractors, and robots to optimize the process, beginning at the first piece sample. This includes Fanuc & ABB robot programming.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

None required. Prefer Six Sigma Greenbelt/Blackbelt certification and/or certificate in Lean Manufacturing.

Additional Competencies

  • Read/Interpret drawings and troubleshooting for electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems

  • Development and execution of Design of Experiments

  • Ability to setup and operate standard fabrication equipment including lathe, grinder, drill, knee mill, cutting torch, and welding equipment

  • Mastery in the function and responsibilities of the Die Cast Lead and Maintenance Technician positions in order to focus on being a contributing leader that develops, mentors, and teaches associates currently, or aspiring to be, within those positions

  • Knowledge of TS-16949 requirements

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; be able to handle and / or feel objects, tools, or controls; and to communicate. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, may occasionally lift over 75 pounds, in certain situations could be required to push/pull 300 pounds or more. Vision abilities required by this job are the same as required for a driver's license in the state in which the person lives, and will be demonstrated by maintaining that license.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will likely have a mix of office and shop-floor environments, while extended periods of work in either environment may be necessary. Working on the shop floor exposes the employee near moving mechanical parts and could include extreme heat, fumes, and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position is required to wear protective clothing and equipment designated in procedures and work instructions.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. All job functions are subject to modification.

  • Shiloh Industries does not seek or accept unsolicited resumes or offers of recruiting service associated with any published or unpublished employment opportunities. Any unsolicited information sent to any member within Shiloh Industries will be considered as unencumbered and free from any fee or charge whatsoever. Only members of our Talent Acquisition Team have authority to engage or authorize recruiting services.
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Manufacturing Engineer

Shiloh Industries, Inc.