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Principal Engineer

Company: IAC Group
Location: Troy
Posted on: July 28, 2022

Job Description:

Recognized expert within IAC. Anticipates internal and/or external business challenges and/or regulatory issues - recommends process, product or service improvements. Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business. Contributes to the development of the functional strategy. Technical lead for project/product teams to achieve milestones and objectives. Operates with minimal supervision in a complex environment. Oversee key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis.Position Focus

  • Plan, organize and direct engineering to meet company objectives for design, new product development and improvement of existing product lines
  • Primary focus on plastic joining technologies including sonic welding, hot air staking, vibration welding, IR welding, hot plate Welding, screw/ rivet, robotic assembly integration
  • Support production requirements, prototype builds, and advanced development projects.
  • Assist in problem solving resolution with all team members related to build and quality issues.Position Specific Requirements (PSR)
    • Oversee key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis.
    • Select design concepts and fundamental technology to be used for new products/ improvement for existing ones
    • Approve and submit proposals considered feasible to management for consideration and allocation of funds from the department budget
    • Develop advanced products to Concept Ready and Implementation Ready state. Identify and protect new concepts/ideas with patent applications / utility models.
    • Develop and implement methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences to inform management of current status of each project
    • Recommend manufacturing processes to management including technology upgrades, facility and equipment requirements or other improvements
    • Support and lead activities for the improvement, optimization and new development of plastic joining/ assembly technology
    • Provide subject matter expertise to support customer relations, supplier relations, manufacturing plants, the engineering organization and program management concerning plastic joining/assembly.
    • Provide problem solving / analysis on new product development or current production issues
    • Must be proficient in automotive manufacturing processes such as injection molding, FIP, Adhesive processes, lamination, and assembly.
    • Lead best practice and lessons learned activities regarding the manufacturing, evaluation and validation of focus area in coordination with IAC global teams/ experts
    • Provide subject matter expertise to support customer relations, supplier relations, manufacturing plants, the engineering organization and program management. Visit IAC plants to review launch issues/solutions as needed
    • Monitor and document customer and industry trends and developments
    • Lead team members and various resources to ensure the customers' expectations are met or exceeded
    • Mentor less experienced engineers in technical disciplines
    • Provide guidance in Advanced RFQ and quoting processes relative to safety systems and best practice.Job Specific Skills, Knowledge And Behavioral Characteristics
      • Strong Problem Solving/Analysis abilities
      • Technical Capacity- Manufacturing feasibility and product design with a focus on plastic joining/ assembly
      • Communication Proficiency
      • Must possess leadership capabilities
      • Must be comfortable working with cross functional teams as well as customers
      • Flexible schedule: available on Saturdays/Sundays when needed
      • Able to travel both locally and long distance - travel is primarily local during the business day although some out-of-area and overnight travel will be expectedRelated Non-Flexible Requirements
        • Must be able to multi-task and be willing to have assignments change with little or no advanced warning
        • Hands on build and rework capabilities will be required on occasion
        • Operate in a professional office or plant environment as neededEducationQUALIFICATIONS:
          • Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or other engineering discipline or equivalent experienceExperience
            • Required 5-15 years of experience in automotive or related engineering. Requires minimum 5-10 yrs experience in the area of plastic joining/ secondary assemblies relatedRequired Skills
              • Managerial, technical & administrative
              • High Technical knowledge of plastics joining technologies including working knowledge of Herrmann & Dukane sonic generators, Infrastake (Extol) and Hot Plate technology.
              • Excellent problem solving / root cause analysis skills
              • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (ie, Excel, Power Point, Word, Microsoft Teams etc.,)
              • Ability to lead meetings to manage projects
              • Ability to coordinate a cross functional team toward a common goal
              • Good presentation technique
              • Good analytical skills
              • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
              • Willing to travel for business - domestic and internationalPreferred Skills
                • In-depth knowledge of thermoplastics, injection molding and lamination processes
                • Experience in interior plastics manufacturing processes including injection molding, FIP, lamination, compression molding, etc.
                • Fanuc Robot manipulation and programming
                • Innovative thinker
                • Previous experience in Advanced Concept Development or Advanced Innovation
                • Working knowledge of CAD

Keywords: IAC Group, Troy , Principal Engineer, Engineering , Troy, Michigan

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