Sr. Staff Welding Engineer (Advanced Operations)
Michigan, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
Excellent Opportunity with Global Fortune 300 Medical Device Organization!
Sr. Staff Welding Engineer (Advanced Operations)
Major Focus of this role will be on providing advanced weld knowledge to the organization that impacts efficiency, quality and cost for the welding process. Viewed as SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT for Design for Welding .
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Great Career Advancement Opportunities / Relocation Assistance Avail.
Summary of Position
The individual will be responsible for providing weld knowledge to the organization/team which results in efficient, high quality and cost-effective designs for the welding process. Define equipment and process for projects and execute the implementation of the defined process through the completion of validation.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Determines the technical objectives of engineering assignments and makes decisions regarding the direction and the results of the assignment.
Will monitor and control progress of work ensuring sound application of engineering principles and the appropriate use of policies and procedures.
Lead capital acquisition activity from specifying equipment, contract negotiation, Installation and validation.
Will analyze equipment to establish operating data, conduct experimental test and result analysis. May lead or act as independent reviewer in process review meetings.
Will coach and mentor others on functionally related topics.
Provide engineering support for new product and process introductions, ensuring that all activities are completed and documented in accordance with new product development procedures.
Ensure quality of process and product as defined in the appropriate operation and material specifications.
Will select components and equipment based on analysis of specifications, reliability and regulatory requirements. Work with quality engineers to develop component specific testing and inspection protocols.
Participate in PFMEA, Control Plan, SOP and PPAP generation associated with product transfers and launches.
Ensure adherence to GMP and safety procedures.
Review and approval of validation documentation.
Responsible for Design for Welding input for new product development
Define and develop welding processes for new product
Provide equipment/tooling requirements to outside contractors
Provide capital costing information on new product development projects
Write work instructions for welding process
Communicating status of equipment/processes during development cycle
Work closely with Product Development, Quality Assurance, AME s and Operations
Provide new technologies/innovations and implement where feasible
Ensure processes are efficient and robust through weld validation and testing standards
All other responsibilities as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS / WORK EXPERIENCE
Bachelor s degree in the fields of Engineering or Material Science; Welding or Welding Technology discipline required
7 or more years experience; Related Masters degree with 2 or more years of experience or PhD may be desirable.
Proven track record of working in a team based environment.
Excellent Interpersonal Skills - able to express ideas and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams. Be open minded with the ability to recognize good ideas.
Innovative thinker - should be able to envisage new and better ways of doing things.
Experience in executing complex problem-solving techniques related to manufacturing/design technical issues. Good instincts and sound judgement for mechanical and structural design.
Good understanding of Design for Manufacturing (DFM), related statistical tools and validation/verification techniques.
Excellent analytical skills, ability to plan, organize and implement concurrent tasks.
Good knowledge of manufacturing processes, materials, product and process design.
Must be able to read and interpret complex engineering drawings and have the ability to understand geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing.
Certified in validation activities.
Experience in an FDA regulated or regulated industry beneficial.
High level of PC Skills required.
Excellent attention to detail.
Experience with Metrology techniques and CMM function
AWS certified, knowledge of AISC
Advanced Robot Programming Certificate preferred
Full knowledge of welding theory with strong materials background (Ferrous and nonferrous materials)
Detailed understanding/experiences with multiple welding processes (GMAW, GTAW, Laser, Resistance, spin)
Understanding of the methods to verify/validate weld integrity through related weld standards
Capable of writing proper WPS s per standards
Knowledge of available welding technologies and their appropriate applications
Experiences with programing of robot welders and associated welding equipment
Experienced with multiple weld tooling applications for a variety of welding processes
Experienced in GD & T tolerancing
Understanding of data analysis, statistical methods and statistical process control
Experience with Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Design for Weldments
High level of CAD experience
Ability to work/communicate with multiple teams and projects simultaneously
Capability of designing/specifying equipment needed for weld cells and surrounding work environment
Able to communicate clearly with design engineers, provide guidance in constructive manner
Able to communicating clear expectations to tooling houses
Ability to estimate capital equipment costs, equipment/tooling lead times and processing times for projects
Experienced in welding process improvements both at a manual and automated level
Ability to demonstrate process ownership with associated equipment/tooling from concept to production
Familiar with Robot Safety Regulations ANSI/RIA R15.06