GE Appliances, a Haier company Prinicipal Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Capital Equipment / Project Leadership in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Prinicipal Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Capital Equipment / Project Leadership

The Challenge

The GE Appliances Principal Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (AME) is a member of the Refrigeration Team supporting the Decatur Alabama Plant Operation (DPO) responsible for providing manufacturing support of New Product Introduction (NPI), Cost-Out and Plant Productivity projects. The AME shall develop, manage and execute capital equipment and high volume manufacturing process projects to meet required budget and launch schedules. The AME is a key liaison between NPI programs and the factory operations teams; ensuring plant priorities and objectives are clearly understood and considered. This includes providing input for design for manufacturability, applying lean principles to process designs and transferring process knowledge to the applicable factory personnel. This position may be located in Louisville, KY with significant (50-75%) travel to Decatur, AL or in Decatur, AL. Relocation assistance is available to qualified candidates.

What you will Do

Technical Responsibilities:

Coordinate and manage capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development utilizing GEA & industry standards, supplier selection, early supplier engagement, technical reviews, factory layout development, installation and qualification of equipment. Ensure all tooling and equipment is reliable and robust and designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Own the program metrics as applicable to your assigned projects: capital equipment & tooling budgets, program schedule, reliability, quality and labor targets. Work with the program team to perform trade-off analysis on competing metrics if necessary and drive decisions based on overall business impact.

Facilitate/lead the use of the Production Preparation Process (3P) and Lean manufacturing principles while developing manufacturing equipment and processes. Utilize cross-functional participation to ensure that the equipment and processes are compatible with the entire value stream. Efforts should include: right-sized equipment, workstation design, material presentation, standard work and single piece flow.

Standards and Compliance:

Ensure all equipment executed in GEA factories comply with Industry and Governmental Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards.

Utilize Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles to ensure that all equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind.

Work with functional leaders to ensure equipment & processes support business initiatives of Bill of Process (BoP), Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomic Design and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Cross-functional Work and Leadership:

Work with factory operations and Lean teams to understand the Value Stream and how your projects impact this. Ensure material flow, workstation set up, model mix, etc. are considered when workstations / equipment are designed.

Utilize the 9-Step Process for tooling and equipment design; consult Critical Process leaders as applicable to ensure development of robust processes for part / product generation. Work with cross-functional team to develop Manufacturing Control Plans (MCP) and Manufacturing Control Instructions (MCI).

Work with design team to ensure Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) is considered on part design.

As a Principal Engineer, participate in growing the AME organization’s capability. This includes mentoring, guiding and helping more junior team members as well as adding to the body of knowledge of the department (training, developing new manufacturing processes, supporting Hoshin objectives, etc.)


What you need to Succeed

Position Requirements:

  • Experience managing capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation and qualification of equipment

  • Prior experience in a large-scale manufacturing environment

  • Experience with Lean manufacturing principles

  • Ability to work in large cross-functional teams and at multiple levels in the organization (both salaried and shop floor operators / skilled trades team members)

  • Ability to communicate effectively and be an agent for change.

  • Good organizational, project management and presentation skills to interact with all levels within the organization and with suppliers and vendors

  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company

  • Ability to mentor, grow more junior members of the team and add to the body of AME knowledge for the business

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related discipline OR equivalent 7 years’ hands on experience in technical/manufacturing disciplines

  • 7+ years of experience with procurement, testing, installation of manufacturing equipment and process improvement

  • Significant experience in one of the following areas and some experience at least two other areas: Thermoforming, Plastic Extrusion, Polyurethane Foam and/or Automation, Plastic Injection or Automated Manufacturing equipment that include a significant number of pneumatic and/or hydraulic components.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering

  • Experience with assembly line design, automation and customized fabrication equipment and manufacturing processes

  • Experience with implementing Lean process improvement in a manufacturing operation

  • Prior NPI program experience

  • Six Sigma Certification

  • Proficient in MS Office, MS Scheduler (or equivalent) and AutoCAD

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a high-volume manufacturing environment.

  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds and working in and around heavy equipment.

  • Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.

  • These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.

  • This position may be located in Louisville, KY with significant (50-75%) travel to Decatur, AL or in Decatur, AL.

  • Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends will be required.

KEYWORDS / Related Titles: Capital Equipment Project Leader, Capital Equipment Project Manager, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Principal Manufacturing Engineer, CAPEX, CAPEX Project Leader, CAPEX Project Manager, capital improvement projects, HVM Project, Senior Project Engineer, Principal Project Engineer

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.