Lead Research and Development activities to evaluate current and future manufacturing processes and materials and/or performance improvement projects for optimization. Duties may also include leading the development of processes or new materials to ensure quality, cost and efficiency requirements are met. Ensure that best practices are leveraged at all global facilities with respect to manufacturing processes. In addition, manage advanced level failure analyses for warranty claims and material failures. Manage materials evaluations laboratory.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Lead new process development and advanced technology process improvement efforts at all our global manufacturing and/or R&D facilities.
Provide project management and financial analysis for new processes and capital investments.
Actively manage product / process reviews and metallurgical analysis’ related to warranty claims/customer complaints. Manage the execution of failure analyses.
Actively participate in product design reviews focused on Advanced Quality Planning, process FMEA’s, mistake proofing and other quality improvement methods.
Implement and manage “brainstorming session” protocols that will be used to conduct routine product reviews through audits of the related manufacturing processes. Actively coordinate and execute sessions.
Aggressively seek new technologies for automating processes to include in-process inspections.
Perform and analyze the results of process simulation modeling software.
Manage the materials evaluation laboratory.
BS, MS, PhD Metallurgical or Materials Engineering.
Knowledge of green sand casting, investment casting, chemically bonded sand casting, metal forming technologies or elastomeric molding a plus.
Familiarity with statistical techniques using Mini Tab /SPC/Graphing.
Mastery of problem-solving techniques.
Proficient in the use of electronic systems and software