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Sample manufacturing engineer job description

[Company X] is a global developer of high-performing pharmaceutical solutions and technologies. We utilize innovative design systems to streamline operations and deliver products and services to the healthcare industry, on time and within budget. We’re looking for an experienced manufacturing engineer to monitor equipment usage and identify opportunities for improvement, increasing productivity while maintaining product quality. The ideal candidate will have a natural drive to improve processes and lead dynamic projects that improve the way healthcare is delivered to patients around the world.

Objectives of this role

  • Analyze existing systems and processes and identify value-added and non-value-added activities to solve design challenges
  • Conceive, design, develop, and test innovative solutions based on analysis and organizational objectives
  • Evaluate new and existing processes, equipment, and materials as an input for scheduling methods, performance metrics, and financial standards
  • Uphold the company’s reputation by delivering innovative solutions while adhering to local and national regulations
  • Manage and conduct employee training for productivity improvement projects, and mentor fellow engineers and technicians


  • Identify opportunities for preventing waste and inefficiency during production
  • Research and test design ideas to determine feasibility, utilizing lean manufacturing, kaizen, Six Sigma, and root-cause analysis to formulate and support innovation, corrective actions, and improvements
  • Design and develop robust manufacturing concepts to simplify and improve processes and ensure best practices
  • Perform structural and thermal analyses of components and assemblies, build prototypes, evaluate performance, identify issues, and make improvements
  • Create and maintain required documentation for manufacturing processes, including flow charts, capacity and utilization studies, time and motion studies, standard work, cycle time analysis, and line balancing
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gain insights and direction

Required skills and qualifications

  • Seven or more years of experience in engineering
  • In-depth understanding of lean manufacturing principles
  • Hands-on experience building small prototypes
  • Proficiency with analytical tools, workflow time studies, and process balancing
  • Ability to collaborate with program managers, manufacturing leads, customers, and functional leads, and to provide daily direction and guidance to junior associates
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Access, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering or mechanical engineering
  • Experience with PTC Creo and AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of advanced product quality planning (APQP) and production part approval process (PPAP)