The Doepker Group
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Position Summary:

Manage and direct essential engineering functions related to manufacturing engineering, product launches, product documentation, developing, maintaining, and improving manufacturing processes. 

Essential Job Functions: 

  • To provide leadership, development, training, and direction for all positions within the manufacturing engineering department.
  • To implement best practices and improve existing manufacturing technologies that provide high quality products, improved efficiency and optimizes profitability for the company.
  • Provide leadership for project management activities that result in creative and innovative improvements in the manufacturing processes. 
  • Provide technical services for development of process instructions manuals and key training aids for manufacturing.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget leading to cost control and scrap reduction.
  • Support and implement continuous improvement projects resulting in reduced scrap and labor, quality improvements, lower cycle times and improved safety.
  • Support manufacturing in troubleshooting processes.

Process Actions including but not limited to the following:

  • Engineering work standards (Direct labor standards, Earned Hours)
  • Press and machine cycle times
  • Automation
  • Press Loading Capacity
  • Manage implementation of all product changes.

Plant Engineering including but not limited to the following:

  • Accurate and up to date plant and factory drawings
  • Expansion and Capital improvement projects 
  • Scrap Improvement plans
  • Direct Labor Efficiency Improvement plans

Tooling Engineering including but not limited to the following:

  • Mold maintenance and refurb
  • Process Engineering
  • Mold changeover

Product Engineering including but not limited to the following:

  • Representing the plant on new program launch teams.
  • APQP process
  • New process development and prove out.
  • Bill of Materials (develop and maintain)
  • Process flow charts, FMEAs, and control plan
  • Process planning
  • Capital planning.
  • Timelines and open issues
  • Maintain accurate and current product documentation:
  • Drawings
  • Change request.
  • Product/process change checklist.
  • Timelines
  • Quoting
  • New programs
  • Design changes
  • Cost Reductions
  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Factory capacity planning
  • Capital (forecasting, tracking, budgeting)
  • Develop, implement, and support automated manufacturing processes.


  • Minimum of five years in a leadership role, progressively increasing in job responsibilities.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering or plastics field.
  • Familiarity with APQP methodology.
  • Experienced in an engineering field within a manufacturing environment, preferably an automotive supplier.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.
  • Through knowledge of SPC and statistical data analysis.
  • Practical knowledge and experience with DOE techniques.
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