Job Details: Manufacturing Tooling Design Engineer

Manufacturing Tooling Design Engineer
Job Id:
Tijuana, Mexico
Mexico - Indexed to USD
Job Description:

The Manufacturing Tooling Design Engineer will fill the role of resident expert responsible for designing complex tools and equipment used in the production of light airplanes.

This position reports to the Director of Manufacturing Engineering & Production.            

Job Primary Areas of Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the design and implementation of tooling and equipment from development to full volume production
  2. Develop assembly tooling and equipment to include all necessary error-proofing, pneumatics, controls, and standard components
  3. Develop material handling tools and equipment to overcome any ergonomic issues in the build process
  4. Provide estimates for design and development hours required as well as for tool-life, and written tool-use procedures
  5. Interface with Engineering, Production, and Quality teams for development of standard tolerances and the capability of tooling structures
  6. Interface with external vendors/tool suppliers, including leading tooling and equipment quote and progress reviews, which may include on-site support for vendors
  7. Review and check tool designs to ensure conformance to specifications, original intent, and proper methods and procedures
  8. Support the Quality Team by troubleshooting and evaluating variables associated with tooling and equipment
  9. Develop and implement standard practices for specifying new and upgraded equipment
  10. Support the creation of tool and equipment maintenance programs and plans
  11. Support detailed analysis for the appropriation of capital and ROI
  12. Assist plant maintenance personnel with tooling-related questions
  13. Build a document library of new/current fixturing and tooling and maintain all related and support documentation current within the ERP system

Success Indicators:

  1. Tooling and equipment produces assemblies within tolerance
  2. Tooling and equipment prioritized and implemented on time
  3. Tooling is easy to use and maintain
  4. Tooling improves ergonomics issues and is safe to operate
  5. Tooling is cost effective for application

Candidate Preferred Experience & Education:

  • B.S. in Mechanical, Aero, Industrial or Automotive Engineering or related engineering field
  • 4-6 years of experience required
  • Strong cad skills with experience/knowledge in assembly tooling, fixture design, and rework
  • Demonstrated knowledge of materials, material strengths, and material usage for tooling and equipment
  • Ability to conceptualize assembly tooling mechanical fixtures and motions
  • Experience with assembly fixtures for use in automotive, marine, or aviation industries
  • Experience with taking products through a development cycle to volume production
  • Hands-on machining experience a plus
  • Understanding of different manufacturing processes, including welding, plastic molding, and composite bonding and assembly
  • Experience with Design for Manufacturability and Assembly

Ideal Experience:

  • Start-up experience in a manufacturing role with responsibility during new production introductions
  • Experience with lower volume automotive, off-highway, marine, or recreational products
  • Familiarity with processing lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, and plastic
  • Understanding of how to scale tooling and equipment from low volume to higher volume
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Ability to use a variety of precision measuring devices and tool room equipment
  • Strong computer skills; Pro-E/Creo, SolidWorks, PLEX
  • Basic understanding of common manufacturing equipment, including mills, lathes, and welding
  • An understanding of Lean Manufacturing Tools, such as SMED, Kanban, OEE and 5S

Other Traits:

  • Entrepreneurial attitude, goal driven, results focused with a strong bias for action
  • Assertive, dynamic, creative, and intelligent with high energy and vision
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, positive thinker
  • Team oriented with a priority on organizational goals
  • Highly analytical and logical. Skilled at problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level
  • Mature and sensitive to multiple decision-making styles
  • Ability to grasp issues in a dynamic environment and organize activities to quickly achieve desired outcomes


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