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Technical Training & Development Specialist



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mueller Water Products is the nation's leading manufacturer of flow control devices for the water and gas distribution industries and has an immediate opening for a Technical Training and Development Specialist in our newest, Decatur, Illinois facility. For over 165 years MWP’s manufacturing commitment has ensured one of the world’s most precious resources, clean drinking water, reaches millions of people daily. Come be a part of something that sustains and enriches the lives of every human being.

The Manufacturing Training Specialist is responsible for designing, delivering, and evaluating training programs for employees in a manufacturing environment. This role plays a critical part in ensuring that the workforce is well-trained, compliant with industry regulations, and capable of meeting production goals while maintaining safety and quality standards.

Key Responsibilities:

Training Program Development:

  • Collaborate with department managers and subject matter experts to identify training needs and objectives.

  • Design and develop training programs, modules, and materials tailored to specific job roles and skills required in the manufacturing facility.

Training Delivery:

  • Facilitate training sessions through various methods, including classroom training, hands-on workshops, on-the-job training, e-learning, and simulation.

  • Ensure that training is engaging, effective, and aligns with adult learning principles.

Safety and Compliance:

  • Develop and deliver safety training programs, emphasizing safe work practices, handling of equipment, and compliance with safety regulations.

  • Keep abreast of industry regulations and ensure that employees are trained to meet compliance standards.

Technical Skills Training:

  • Provide training on equipment operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

  • Teach employees technical skills related to their roles, including machine operation, quality control, and production processes.

Assessment and Evaluation:

  • Conduct assessments, quizzes, and evaluations to measure the effectiveness of training programs.

  • Use feedback and assessment results to make continuous improvements to training content and methods.

Documentation and Record Keeping:

  • Maintain accurate records of training attendance, assessments, and employee progress.

  • Generate reports to track training outcomes and compliance.

  • Build and maintain training matrix for employees

Onboarding and Orientation:

  • Develop and deliver onboarding programs for new hires to ensure a smooth transition into the manufacturing environment.

  • Conduct orientation sessions to introduce employees to company policies, culture, and expectations.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify areas for training improvement and development based on evolving industry trends and employee feedback.

  • Stay current with training methodologies and technologies to enhance training effectiveness.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Education, Instructional Design, Engineering).

  • Proven experience in training and development, preferably in a manufacturing setting.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, equipment, and safety regulations.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.

  • Proficiency in learning management systems (LMS) and e-learning tools.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.

  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.

  • Certification in adult learning or training development (e.g., CPLP) is a plus.

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to setup, program, and operate CNC machines or manual machines.

  • Strong personal commitment to safety standards in industrial and/or manufacturing environments.

  • Proven strong ability to coach and educate others at various experience, educational levels

  • Able to provide training in various ways to accommodate different learning styles

  • An excellent communicator capable of building and maintaining relationships at all levels of the organization

  • Strong experience utilizing computers and Microsoft Office suite

  • Advanced math skills with the ability to understand and teach measuring/measurement concepts and their applications.

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Exposure to LEAN methodology and LEAN manufacturing environment.

  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and specifications.

Additional Information:

  • Travel between local locations and off-shift support will be required.

This Manufacturing Training Specialist role is vital to ensuring that our manufacturing workforce is well-equipped to meet production goals, maintain safety standards, and contribute to the success of our organization. If you are a dedicated training professional with a passion for manufacturing excellence, we encourage you to apply and help us build a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.

Required Education/Experience:

  • BS/BA degree - OR - 10+ years relevant experience to be considered in lieu

  • Minimum 5 years of experience training in manufacturing environment

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by law.