Plant Engineer

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Direct Hire
  • Job ID: BN03-2690301

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Maintain expertise in all aspects of operational process as well as methods to improve processes.  This includes, but is not limited to, electrical, mechanical, and information technology, product specifications, 6 Sigma, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), Kaizen, 5S.
  2. Monitor and analyze the root causes of significant production downtime in area of responsibility.  Develop and recommend (through both written and oral methods of communication) options and courses of action to implement improvements to operational processes, reduce non-value added work and raw materials waste, and provide information and commentary pertinent to deliberations.
  3. Lead Process Improvement meetings with operators in the area of responsibility on a predetermined schedule.  Prioritize the noteworthy safety, quality, and production issues and develop projects to alleviate the concerns of the operators.  Communicate the status of the projects to the plant staff and to the operators in follow-up meetings. 
  4. Formulate cost and expenditure estimates, including material and labor requirements, used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing and scheduling work for special projects; selection of vendors or subcontractors; continue to monitor and analyze project status at regular intervals for the duration of the project, making adjustments and resolving issues as needed.
  5. Responsible for the safety of operators by using best practices and engineering processes to eliminate or minimize hazardous working conditions in area of responsibility.  Uses the plant’s 5S audits to identify the hazards and develops plans to improve safety in the area.
  6. Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  7. Initiates and carries out studies, then makes recommendations for changes in operating procedures and/or process equipment to improve efficiency and safety and to eliminate down time.
  8. Initiate, propose and implement both capital and repair projects after determining their economic and technical justification and keep the Plant Manager and Maintenance Superintendent informed on the progress of assigned projects.
  9. Assist and advise on the preventive maintenance program, cost control, and spare parts inventory control.
  10. Keep plant operating efficiently by assisting maintenance and/or production with operation challenges.
  11. Select best-suited process equipment for applications by meeting with vendors, running trials and staying current on new technology.
  12. Assist production with new or modified equipment and processes through training, written operating procedures and trial runs.
  13. Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Requirements & Preferred Competencies

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering – preferably Mechanical or Electrical
  2. Basic knowledge of Six Sigma – preferably Green Belt
  3. Experience in Lean Manufacturing and familiar with Lean tools, i.e.- 5S, SMED, Kaizen
  4. Self-starter, able to work individually as well as in a team
  5. Leadership ability, can lead teams and facilitate meetings
  6. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  7. Prefer 5-7 years experience in a manufacturing environment.


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