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Manufacturing Engineer - Process & Continuous Improvement

North American Pipe, A Westlake Company is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer for process & continuous improvement to work at our Leola, PA location.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Support operations by leading and directing technical activities necessary to solve problems encountered from blending through shipping. Ensure the team takes the necessary steps through effective communication and proper documentation to avoid similar problems in the future.
Develop & maintain process guidelines (SOP/SOC) and training programs for the integration of new products and systems.
Continually strive to reduce process variation (improve process capability) to ensure consistent product quality and adherence to manufacturing standards.
Lead cost reduction initiatives through materials, product, and process improvements; assist the project teams to hold brainstorming sessions and develop action plans for the Profit Improvement Process (PIP), including activities to reduce utilities consumption, cycle times, scrap, downtime, material usage variance, and direct labor.
Act as a technical resource in Continuous Improvement Tools to plant and PIP project leaders: Lean Manufacturing/Toyota Production Systems, Six-Sigma, 5S/6S, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen Events, Value Stream Maps, DOEs, FMEAs, Advanced Problem-Solving, SMED, etc., and assist in their implementation in an efficient manner for individual projects.
Participate in the updating of manufacturing standards as a result of performance improvements.
Develop work cell layouts in an effort to optimize material flow and support 5S and visual management initiatives.
Initiate new equipment and technologies to maintain the company's competitive advantage; including detailed scope definitions with the plant (capabilities, throughput, and equipment controls including function block diagrams, process parameters, and data acquisition requirements), RFQ documents, and execution timeline plans (including facility preparation, installation, H&S, training, production ramp-up, etc.).
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Report all incidents, accidents and/or hazards.
Participate and/or cooperate with the JHSC to improve safety.
Wear personal protective equipment as required.
Perform housekeeping activities as required.
Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Comply with the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (WSI Act).
Comply with Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
Comply with Health and Safety rules, policies and procedures of the division.
EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
Ensure own conduct and that of direct reports is in accordance with NAPCO Code of Business Ethics and the Workplace Discrimination/Harassment Policy
Communicate with employees, plant and supervisory staff as required.
Provide training and development for direct reports, as required
Build participative working relationships with plant and management personnel.
Comply with company rules, regulations and policies as stated in the Employee Relations Manual and/or Employee Handbook.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
B.S. degree (or equivalent) in Electrical, Mechanical, or Material Science Engineering, plus 3-10 years of experience of manufacturing work experience. Strong preference for increasing experience:
High volume, continuous manufacturing environment;
Process Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / CI skills and expertise.
A results oriented problem solver with an analytical approach.
Excellent verbal & written communication.
A hands-on individual with good people skills.
Six sigma green/black belt and knowledge of DOE preferred.
Knowledge of mistake-proofing sensor technology and PLC programming is desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
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