GE Appliances, a Haier company Principal Tooling Engineer - Plastics in Louisville, Kentucky
USA, Louisville, KY
Job Posting Title
Principal Tooling Engineer - Plastics
The Tooling Engineer - Plastics will be a member of the Plastics Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) team. The Plastics AME Team owns and maintains the engineering standards for plastic injection molding tooling and equipment for the company. The Tooling Engineer will be responsible for managing and executing tooling and plastic injection molding equipment projects, ensuring that all tooling and equipment are compliant with standards and executed within the project or program deliverables (cost, quality and delivery). At times, the Tooling Engineer will be assigned to New Product Introduction (NPI) programs or to product lines projects to steer product cost out and factory productivity. The Tooling Engineer will be a key liaison between the project team and the plant operation and manufacturing teams; ensuring that plant priorities and goals are clearly understood and considered for the area under their ownership.
What you will Do
What You Will Do :
Manage plastic injection mold tooling and equipment procurement projects: Including specification development utilizing GE standards, supplier selection, early supplier engagement, technical reviews, factory layout development, installation and qualification of high quality, right-sized and cost effective tooling & equipment. Ensure all tooling and equipment is reliable and robust and designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
Coordinate design efforts between part design engineers and the Plastic Injection Engineering Team in order to develop a robust Molding Operational Lineup (MOL) that meets product and operational requirements.
Own the program metrics as applicable to your assigned projects: manufacturing labor plan (VLOH), equipment and tooling budgets and quality of in-house manufactured parts/product. Work with the program / projects team(s) to perform trade-off study on contesting metrics if necessary and deliveroutcomes based on overall business impact.
Facilitate / manage the use of the Production Preparation Process (3P) while developing manufacturing tooling, equipment and processes. Utilize cross-functional participation to ensure that the tooling, 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) best practices to ensure that all equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind.
Work with functional managers 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; 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.
Provide guidance, mentoring, training and leadership for more junior tooling engineers and/or cross-functional team members with regard to tooling design and execution.
Utilize technical and project experience to add to the plastic molding and AME teams’ body of knowledge to deliver continuous improvement throughout the organization and company.
What you need to Succeed
What You Need to Succeed :
Prior relevant military service will be considered in relation to required/desired qualifications.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related field OR equivalent hands on experience in technical/manufacturing disciplines OR graduate of a certified tool & die apprenticeship program
7+ years of experience with tooling procurement & injection mold die design concepts, die components and applications.
Experience managing tooling & equipment procurement projects: Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation and qualification of tooling / equipment
Experience with multiple injection molding equipment, molds (injection, insert, stack & family molds), quick mold change systems, and associated processes including insert, multi-shot & gas assist.
Prior experience in a large scale manufacturing environment
Experience with Lean manufacturing best practices
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 steer outcomes 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
BS degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering
Working knowledge of simulation software (AutoDesk Part Simulation – MoldFlow Advisor / DFM / Insight or equivalent) and relevant input parameters
Experience with implementing Lean process improvement in a manufacturing operation
Prior NPI program experience
Six Sigma Certification
Proficient in MS Office, MS Project, MS Scheduler (or equivalent) and AutoCAD
Familiarity in 3D CAD (ProE, Solidworks, Creo or equivalent)
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 protection, work boots, and hardhats.
These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
20-30% travel may be for domestic and/or international travel to supplier sites/ plants, etc.
GE Appliances will not offer sponsorship assistance for this position
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.