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Manufacturing Engineer II


Kewaunee, WI

Job Summary

We are seeking an individual for the position of Manufacturing Engineer II. This individual is responsible for the support of Vollrath Operations with focus on process definition and continuous improvement. Work includes the collection and study of production data, quality data, the conducting of engineering analysis, problem solving, work cell layout, cost / capital analysis, project management, safety analysis, the creation of technical specifications, and the application of lean practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Have responsibility for the support of specified Vollrath manufacturing processes and lines.  This includes daily sustaining work such as throughput improvements, quality improvements, safety improvements, recommendations for capital improvements, and NPD participation.
  • Establish and maintain documentation for work cell design, equipment specifications, shop floor work instructions, and routings.
  • Apply problem solving techniques to a wide variety of complex assignments in all areas of the operation - utilize statistical methods as part of the evaluation.
  • Designs, specifies, and supervises the installation of equipment and machinery.
  • Trains the maintenance staff and operators in the understanding of new equipment and expected product flow through a work cell.
  • Be aware of and establish safety measures for equipment and work cells.
  • Identify areas in the business where profit improvement can be achieved through the application of automation, methods/flow analysis, motion economy, etc.
  • Develop programs and approaches that will achieve the Company’s profit improving objectives. Responsible for gathering facts, developing solutions, making and selling recommendations, implementation, and follow-up.
  • Successfully facilitate and lead project teams.
  • Participate in lean events.
  • Knowledge of industrial or manufacturing engineering concepts, such as work measurement, work cell layout, motion economy, material flow analysis, etc.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and to maintain effective personal contact across all organizational lines.
  • Participate in quality improvement, scrap reduction, or warranty reduction teams.
  • Confers with Design Engineering and Quality Engineering concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Consults with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.


  • Requires a 4 year bachelor’s degree in a technical field; preferably a degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering.  Candidates without a 4 year technical degree can be considered if they possess the minimum demonstrated years of successful experience in Operations or in a related field.
  • This position requires a minimum of 2-3 years of experience.
  • Solid technical skills, background in metal forming, tooling, and assembly line production is desirable
  • Strong aptitude for problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience working within and supporting a quality system
  • Excellent project organization and leadership skills, detail orientated
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including using of Autocad or equivalent
  • Self-starter with a strong “sense of urgency”
  • Ability to work both independently and with cross functional teams
  • Familiar with lean practices
  • Experienced in successful product launches participating via a new product development (NPD) process.
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