Project Engineer

Illinois Tool Works Mokena , IL 60448

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Job Title: Project Engineer

ITW- Equal Opportunity Employer

Company Overview:

ITW is a Fortune Manufacturing Company with Multi-Billion Dollar revenue and fifty thousand employees world-wide. Known for innovation, diversification, and excellent financial performance.

The Body and Fuel Division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering. In addition to ITW's industry leading research and development capabilities, ITW Body and Fuel enhances our customers' competitive advantage. Body and Fuel is a business group within ITW's Automotive segment with manufacturing locations in North America. Our Body and Fuel products are made up of housings and doors, innovative Capless solutions and charge ports for major OEMs around the world.

Role Summary:

The Project Engineer for the ITW Body and Fuel Division will report to a Program Manager and will be responsible for directing and coordinating the planning, organization, integration, and completion of engineering projects within area of assignment. This person should be capable of working through an engineering problem independently. The Project Engineer will analyze and research engineering problems, participate in equipment or product design, test materials, devices, or machines and prepare specifications/documentation and summarize data results. This person is responsible for participating in projects and ensuring timely completion and that project minimizes costs and stays within budget.

The candidate should have 0 to 2 years' experience in engineering and project management in a manufacturing environment, and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Program management: Plans and formulates project timetable after defining customer needs.

  • Communicates directly with customers (Automotive OEMs) and with global teams.

  • Coordinates activities concerned with technical developments, scheduling and resolving engineering design and test problems reporting results and status as needed.

  • Innovates creative product solutions to meet customer needs and works with internal patent department.

  • Manages and develops suppliers in various fields of manufacturing concerning metal, plastic injection mold makers and rubber industries.

  • Forms production, QA and engineering teams dedicated to specific phases or aspects of project such as technical studies, product design, preparation of specifications and technical plans and product testing.

  • Reviews product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards and customer contract requirements and related specifications.

  • Acts as facilitator to ensure commitments to customer are met in a timely manner and within budget.

  • Maintains personal knowledge in product, application and processes appropriate to projects undertaken.

  • Works with Sales to develop new business opportunities.

  • Review drawing changes, deviations, and Engineering Change Notices

  • Prioritize work flow in Design as necessary

  • Able to utilize CATIA or other design software such as SolidWorks while utilizing design principles for injection molding

  • Coordinates parts design and tool design activities per customer specification

  • Responsible for financial budget for individual preproduction and development projects

  • Follows TS 16949 procedures if customer required and descriptions per the ITW handbook.

  • Interprets engineering specifications

  • Authors DFMEA's, PFMEAs and champions 8D problem solving activities

  • Review RFQ package: Identify customer part numbers, create bills of materials, derive part weights, evaluate annual volumes, key dates, assembly plant locations.

  • Develop BOM's (bill of Materials)

  • Interpret customer specifications.

  • Prepare customer reviews, technical presentations and open issues list.

  • Develop design validation test plans.

  • Develop and maintain tooling, assembly and test equipment financial plans and documents.

  • Participate in regular APQP activities and meetings and AAR events.

  • Create FEA reports.

  • Lead customer, supplier and ITW tooling and product design signoffs and kick offs.

  • Lead RFQ activities with tooling, automation and gauge suppliers.

  • Nominate supplier: Tooling/Parts/Gauges/Automation.

  • Develop packaging plans per customer requirements.

  • Support customer build and launch activities.

  • Prepare CapEx for serial tools and equipment.

  • Monitor tooling, gauge and assembly concepts according to ITW standards.

  • Prepare production control plans.

  • Maintain customer milestone timing in customer portals.

  • Coordinate drawing signoffs.

  • Issue molding sample requests.

  • Monitor serial part history.

  • Monitor release of production to operations.

Job Requirements


  • B.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience

  • 0-2 years of experience in engineering and project management in a manufacturing environment.

  • Project management experience, preferably Tier 1 automotive (Ford/GM/FCA). PMI PMP certification preferred.

  • Knowledge in Plastic Injection Molding part design, performance, material selection, tooling technology

  • Must be adaptable, flexible, organized and act with a sense of urgency and able to operate independently

  • Must have demonstrated analytical/problem-solving, project management/task planning, engineering risk assessment, creativity/innovation and technical leadership skills.

  • Must be able to make sound, logical judgments using deductive reasoning, attention to detail; understand the cause and effect of such decisions.

  • Ability to travel up to 35% to support the customer and launch process.

  • Strong organization skills, and ability to take on special projects from concept to implementation and maintaining.

  • Fluent in MS Project, and MS Office Suite.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Interpersonal Skills:

Alternative or combined skills in understanding, counseling, and/or influencing people are important in achieving job objectives, causing action, understanding others, or changing behavior; and, skills of persuasiveness or assertiveness, as well as sensitivity to the point of view of others.

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged

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