Plant Metallurgist

Fairfield Manufacturing Company Inc Lafayette , IN 47901

Posted 3 months ago

General Job Description:

Dana is a global leader in the supply of highly engineered driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains. Serving three primary markets passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of more than 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.

Founded in 1919, Fairfield Manufacturing creates innovative industrial solutions for a better life as a leading supplier of complete drive systems as well as gear systems and single components for transmissions. Fairfield strives to be your most reliable business partner worldwide by providing engineered gear and drive systems for off-highway and industrial original equipment manufacturers. We increase value through high-quality innovative solutions, continuously. We engage highly qualified professionals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities of Position:

  • Lead the associates in your area through coaching, engagement, communication, morale building and teaming. Be the Leader and Coach not the boss.

  • Engage, coach and train your team to continuously improve the Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost goals of the business

  • Drive action where ever needed to resolve urgent issues

  • Be a key leader in implementation of Dana Operating Excellence (OOE) process

  • Escalate actions needed to achieve OOE implementation goals

  • Team with Area Managers, Union Stewards, Support personnel and other Leadership to constructively solve operational issues that both meet the business goals and the intent of the current contract

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Metallurgists, MET lab operations, lab technicians, and Pyros.

  • Conduct studies of metals and alloys to determine their physical characteristics for manufacturing purposes or determine compliance with manufacturing specifications and standards

  • Apply knowledge of metallurgy to recommend engineering and manufacturing changes to attain design objectives in the most economical manner possible

  • Consult with engineers to develop methods of manufacturing at minimum costs

  • Work with customers to make sure their expectations are being met and exceeded

  • Conduct failure analysis

  • Provide support to Sales and Purchasing departments - Interpreting standards, proposing materials and processes, qualifying new suppliers, resolving material or quality issues, etc.

  • Responsible for communicating metrics and ensuring understanding and ownership at the production team level

  • Prioritize production schedules based on product introduction, equipment efficiency and materials supply

  • Team with support groups such as EHS, Quality Assurance, Engineering and Planning to escalate and improve urgent issues as well as drive continuous improvement

  • Provides all subordinates with constant communication, guidance, coaching and support necessary to perform their jobs effectively and accurately

  • Works with the Safety Department to monitor safety compliance and to review and plan for special requirements on incoming jobs

  • Leads regular audits of the department to ensure proper safety and environmental practices are being followed

  • Uses progressive discipline to correct and manage major violations of company policies, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement (e.g., fighting, sabotage, etc.)

  • Investigates incidences of, and initiates corrective actions to, improper conduct on the floor or major violations of company policies or the CBA

  • Accountable for heat treat department organization by driving 5S deployment

  • Assure the proper training of all department personnel

  • Ability to understand and follow applicable company and regulatory safety and environmental procedures

  • Ability to understand and correctly utilize appropriate PPE equipment as required

  • All other duties as assigned by Management

Minimum Qualifications of Position: (Minimum education requirement, minimum years experience and specific areas of experience required, travel requirements, etc.)

  • Previous experience in ferrous heat treating/manufacturing preferred

  • Supervision experience desired, but not required

  • Statistical knowledge, knowledge of PPAP and FMEA would be highly valuable

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing preferred

  • Experience with AS 400 system helpful

  • Ability to travel to customer sites (infrequently)

  • Must be available to work flexible hours and weekends

  • Experience in a multi-shift operation with emphasis in a union environment is strongly desired

  • Familiar with computers, Microsoft Office Suite

Required Education:

  • BS degree in Metallurgy or Materials Science

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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