Manufacturing Engineer

Gaffney, SC

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Job Description


The Manufacturing Engineer’s primary function is to help drive continuous improvement throughout the organization. This includes identifying and removing waste from the current products and processes, implementing lean manufacturing concepts into the production and support processes, recommending improvements in safety and environmental compliance and engaging the operations team members through specific training and focused project management. The Manufacturing Engineer also supports the engineering and manufacturing teams with CAD design, machine programming, tool and die design and qualification, and management of the change control processes.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serves as a champion for a lean manufacturing culture, 6-S activities, and Kaizen events.
  • Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods by analyzing processes, space requirements, workflow, and layout of equipment and workspaces for minimum waste and maximum efficiency.
  • Helps assure product and process quality by designing test fixtures and methods, evaluating finished product, establishing standards, confirming manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluates manufacturing processes by designing and conducting process capability studies and applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials. Confers with equipment vendors, material vendors and solicits observations from operators.
  • Helps keep equipment operational by assisting in the coordination of maintenance and repair services and following manufacturer's instructions, procedures and recommendations.
  • Recommends new equipment and tooling for improved efficiencies as well as qualifies and verifies new tools.
  • Works in CAD/CAM to create prints, assembly instructions, tooling layouts and programs for CNC equipment.
  • Assist production with new process setup and trouble shooting.
  • Manages the ECO/ECN process for the Gaffney site.
  • Assists operations and engineering during new product phase from concept to production.
  • Directs and coordinates fabrication and installation activities to ensure products and systems conform to engineering design and customer specifications.
  • Confers with estimating and production concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.


Skills & Requirements


The continued growth of Boyd Corporation requires a dedicated and proven Manufacturing Engineer who is able to work closely with all business functions.

  • Bachelor of Science degree; Manufacturing/Industrial/Mechanical Engineering or related technical field.
  • 4-7 years experience in hard goods manufacturing, preferably in a make-to-order production environment.
  • Must be experienced with lean manufacturing and other current manufacturing concepts, practices, and procedures. This may include Kaizen, 6-S, value stream mapping, pull systems, constraint management, cellular manufacturing, SMED, 6-sigma, quality tools, standard work, kanban, visual controls, mistake proofing, TPM, statistical engineering, etc.
  • Proven skills and ability to mentor and train the work force. Must foster an environment of optimism, learning, and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to become the ambassador for lean learning for the organization.
  • Skilled in CAD/CAM (AutoCAD, CATIA V5, Creo 2.0, SigmaNest, BobCAD)
  • High energy level, positive attitude a must
  • Strong technical skills, independent thinking, proven success in waste elimination and excellent analytical and problem solving skills are essential.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.