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Electrification Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

At Caterpillar’s Decatur, IL facility, we manufacture and assemble large mining trucks and construction equipment. In this role as a Manufacturing Engineer, you will report to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager and will work independently and as part of a team to design processes and systems used in manufacturing. As a member of the Battery Electric New Product team, you will need to have a growth mindset, promote continuous improvement, and help build a defect-free culture. We have a fabulous team that does some of the most exciting work at Caterpillar, and we can’t wait for you to join the team!

What you will do:

  • Analyze engineering product designs and make recommendations for manufacturability and compliance to manufacturing strategies
  • Analyze requirements and make recommendations for facility systems, processes, training, equipment needs based on engineering product designs
  • Complete both specialized and broad-based assignments / projects which may require collaboration and integration with other functions
  • Evaluate projects and prepare feasibility studies to define desired results, assess value proposition and determine project plans
  • Analyze, provide specifications and acquire new or replacement equipment
  • Perform capital forecasting correlation and reporting as it relates to new product introduction, product capacity increases, equipment replacement and continuous process improvement
  • Analyze the New Product’s impact to the current Value Stream metrics
  • Identify design solutions to address known current product Safety, Quality, Velocity, and Cost opportunities on the new product
  • Improve space utilization in manufacturing by driving RIOP Manufacturing strategies
  • Develop and implement assembly processes in line with Caterpillar standard processes

Top Candidates will have:

  • Recent experience in an Assembly Manufacturing Engineering role
  • Experience with New Product Introduction and New Technology Introduction projects
  • Experience with torque technology
  • Experience assembling Mining and Quarry Trucks
  • Thorough knowledge of current and NPI structures designs
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of employees and customers
  • Thorough knowledge of Lean manufacturing concepts
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Experience working in Teamcenter, MES-A, Capplus, VPPA
  • The ability to travel 10% (TPG and CIPL)

What Skills You Will Have:

Decision Making and Critical Thinking: Knowledge of the decision-making process and associated tools and techniques; ability to accurately analyze situations and reach productive decisions based on informed judgment.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Differentiates assumptions, perspectives, and historical frameworks.
• Evaluates past decisions for insights to improve decision-making process.
• Assesses and validates decision options and points and predicts their potential impact.
• Advises others in analyzing and synthesizing relevant data and assessing alternatives.
• Uses effective decision-making approaches such as consultative, command, or consensus.
• Ensures that assumptions and received wisdom are objectively analyzed in decisions.

Judgment and Decision Making: Knowledge of the decision-making process; ability to carefully evaluate the impact of emerging business situations and choose the best path forward communicating actions and activities that maximize organizational performance.
Level Working Knowledge:
• Discerns between "signal" and "noise" when considering courses of action.
• Selects the right activities to work on from a range of competing priorities.
• Stands by decisions in the face of conflict or unexpected outcome.
• Makes the transition from evaluation to conclusion readily and in a timely manner.
• Revisits decisions when appropriate, but infrequently and without disrupting focus.

Lean Manufacturing: Knowledge of the philosophy, principles and implementation approaches of lean manufacturing; ability to integrate and implement lean manufacturing philosophy into existing production and management processes.
Level Working Knowledge:
• Discusses considerations for work cell design and effectiveness monitoring.
• Finds solution for key technical and people problems associated with transformation to lean.
• Explains issues and considerations of implementing lean in own function or area.
• Selects and utilizes tools, techniques and measurements associated with a lean assessment.
• Explains benchmarks and measures of effectiveness of lean.

Manufacturing Equipment: Knowledge of the electrical, mechanical and logistics equipment used in manufacturing; ability to safely operate, maintain, update and purchase them.
Level Working Knowledge:
• Performs safety considerations for a specific type of manufacturing equipment.
• Participates in setting up new machines and testing according to manufacturer's specifications.
• Uses standard diagnostic tools and techniques; resolves common problems.
• Checks machine performance and equipment safeguards; reports standards violations.

Manufacturing Processes: Knowledge of existing product manufacturing methods, technologies and processes; ability to execute, plan, manage and monitor the entire manufacturing process.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Advises others using industry experience and benchmarks for methodology effectiveness.
• Develops best practices documentation for all major activities and tasks.
• Trains others on all major tasks and considerations for the full manufacturing process.
• Participates in measuring and monitoring new processes and technologies.
• Selects and optimizes specific methodologies for specific products.
• Evaluates benefits, drawbacks and appropriateness of alternative processes and technologies.

Manufacturing Safety: Knowledge of manufacturing safety; ability to identify work-related hazards and perform necessary activities to meet regulatory requirements for the safety and protection of workers, environment and site.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Consults on the use of new tools and techniques for safety protection.
• Performs safety inspections to assure compliance with OSHA requirements.
• Designs and implements emergency response processes and procedures.
• Promotes workplace safety among supervisors and workers; communicates safety rules and regulations.
• Assesses and reports unusual or new safety hazards or violations; initiates corrective action.
• Ensures that all employees and contractors comply with relevant safety policies and regulations.

Manufacturing Standards, Procedures and Policies: Knowledge of organizational standards, procedures and policies in manufacturing activities; ability to plan, guide, and monitor manufacturing processes for compliance.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Consults on development and implementation of cross-functional standards.
• Participates in the development of organizational policies and practices.
• Develops and uses control and monitoring mechanisms for adherence.
• Collaborates with other functions on establishing and documenting joint standards.
• Participates in defining architectural principles and standards for organization.
• Ensures communication vehicles are effectively informing affected areas and employees.

Problem Management Process - MFG: Knowledge of manufacturing problem management processes, methodologies and techniques; ability to use a disciplined approach to bringing that problem to a successful resolution.
Level Extensive Experience:
• Evaluates alternative approaches to resolving a customer problem.
• Receives, clarifies, and resolves a variety of standard and atypical problems.
• Implements the processes and activities for handling unusual problems.
• Advises others on the process and associated costs for different types of problems.
• Monitors and improves problem reporting, tracking, escalation, and resolution.
• Participates in trend and root cause analysis to identify and address recurring problems.

Additional Information:

The primary location for this position is Decatur, IL

Domestic relocation assistance is available

This position may require 10% travel to TPG or CIPL

Sponsorship is not available

What you will get:

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just wage, because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides:

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Annual incentive bonus plan*
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid time off plan (Vacation, Holiday, Volunteer, Etc.)
  • 401k savings plan
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Short and long-term disability coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Healthy Lifestyle Programs
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Voluntary Benefits (Ex. Accident, Identity Theft Protection)

*Subject to annual eligibility and incentive plan guidelines.

Final details:

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Posting Dates:

July 8, 2024 - July 17, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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