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The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager role is responsible for leading a team of multi-disciplinary engineers to evaluate, recommend, and help implement new and emerging
technologies on the plant floor. These technologies will support a path to enabling Industry 4.0leveraging the following: Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), closed-loop control strategiesusing AI/ML, automation (programmable and fixed), autonomous material handling, plant floorlayout, and plant floor process improvement tools & methods.
our team works directly with multi-disciplinary project teams acrossour partner companies to understand key manufacturing challenges and determine how advancedmanufacturing technologies can be used to solve them. This includes problem assessment &technology evaluation, solution development and testing, automation, integration, prototyping,and more. Our team members are an integral part of the eco-system,contributing to a dynamic environment of multiple projects, collaborating with colleagues fromvarious partner companies, faculty & students, suppliers, and other applied researchcenters.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation: MS Degree required in mechanical, electrical, or similar engineering; PhD preferredCertifications/Licenses:Years of Experience: 15 years
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIRED• Guide through leadership and research in the design, development, implementation,and software and hardware solutions that enable and enhance manufacturingoperations.• Develop applicable manufacturing methods and select new manufacturing equipment/software to improve operations.• Strategically contribute to the automation roadmap for operations transformationfrom manual process to automation. Add solutions to improve safety, quality, delivery,and costs for existing manufacturing processes.• Holistic approach to advanced manufacturing systems design & implementation,including mechanism design, system analysis, inspection requirements, and controlstrategies.• Experience relevant to manufacturing automation systems, utilizing vision, robotics, sensors,and data analysis.• Experience with the implementation of advanced analytical and control techniques suchas statistical process control, model predictive control, artificial intelligence, machinelearning, precision motion control of mechanisms, etc.
• Experience implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) related technologies todevelop adaptive processes utilizing actionable data-based algorithms.• Experience building and leading a systems automation team. Effective communicator withdiverse teams and stakeholders.• Excels at problem definition; able to work effectively with open ended or ambiguousproblem statements and/or applications and be comfortable in adapting strategiesaccording to results.• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; clearly conveys ideas at both technicaland non-technical levels; must be an active listener.
• Approaches work with a collaborative, team first mentality; proactive, positive with a can-do attitude.
• An effective leader of project teams including managing resources, budgets and schedules.• Contribute to the development of the team through leadership andmentorship
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS• Provide manufacturing input throughout connected factory systems, software development,testing and general Manufacturing Execution System (MES) projects.• Transform customer specifications into proof-of-concept demonstrations.• Design factory automation and coordinated systems including hardware integration andprogramming using off-the-shelf industrial automation hardware and drives (Siemens,Rockwell, etc.).• Contribute to overall design and analysis using available technology tools and analyticalmethods (brainstorming, thought experimentation, etc.).• Collaborate with Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineers to optimize systemperformance and machine process state sequencing to provide intuitive machinecontrols.• Genuine enthusiasm for the application of research to add value to manufacturingprocesses and product development.• Employ best engineering practices in the conception, design, and analysis ofautomated solutions.• Maintain a safe working environment and utilize safe work practices in the office, manufacturingspaces, and at production facilities.
SECONDARY FUNCTIONS• Provide training to users in the operation and diagnostics of the systems as Subject Matter Expert• Collaborate and support partner companies throughout the project lifecycle.• Establish and maintain a network within the partner companies and othercollaborative partners.• Assume responsibility to improve your efficiencies and skills continually
WORK ENVIRONMENTThe work environment characteristics described here represent those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.• Work environment: Employees must be able to travel to and attend the office to work in person,as required. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal to moderate.
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