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The manufacturing engineering manager will be responsible for leading and contributing to the manufacturing process development for magnet components and assemblies to grow the production line from development to full scale production. They are responsible for developing and qualifying manufacturing techniques both in house and at external machine shops and vendors. Their areas of focus are hardware process development, work instruction authoring, nonconformance resolution, and capacity modeling.

This team member will:

  • Manage a team of manufacturing engineers responsible for manufacturing process development
  • Organize project milestones and schedule to meet strategic targets
  • Communicate project status, risks, and resource requirements to the team & leadership
  • Own process development of the manufacturing line for HTS magnets from initial low-volume R&D to full-scale production
  • Develop and qualify manufacturing techniques, processes, flow maps, and work instructions for superconducting magnet components and assemblies
  • Troubleshoot and resolve manufacturing discrepancies with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Work with external vendors and suppliers to support hardware delivery per production schedules
  • Establish and execute plans for future factory expansion, including capital equipment and floor layouts
  • Implement DFM (design for manufacturability) and PFMEA (process failure mode and effects analysis) methodology and statistical process controls to set up a reliable, low defect manufacturing line
  • Influence make vs. buy decisions and work with external vendors to augment internal capabilities

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering field is required
  • 5+ years' experience as a manufacturing engineer on complex electro-mechanical systems
  • 5+ years’ experience leading an engineering team
  • Experience taking products from R&D into production, including developing manufacturing techniques to transition from manual to automated processes
  • Project management experience working with internal customers and external vendors to deliver manufactured hardware within specified timelines and budgets
  • Proficiency in work instruction writing, material planning, process mapping, and capacity modelingHigh self-motivation and drive to execute quickly with excellent troubleshooting/problem-solving skills

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • 10+ years' experience as a manufacturing engineer on complex electro-mechanical systems
  • 10+ years’ experience leading and engineering team
  • Experience with magnets, thermo-mechanical assemblies, machining, welding, and/or VPI (vacuum pressure impregnation) is preferred
  • Experience with the application of Lean and/or Six Sigma methodologies
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
  • Perform activities such as stooping, typing, standing, sitting for extended periods of time
  • Dedication to safety to mitigate industrial hazards that may include heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, and cryogenics
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
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