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Manufacturing Engineer | Cummins Inc.

Posted on March 18, 2014
“Cummins power is defined not only by its products, but the ideas, energy and passion of its people. “   
It started with a commitment to building powerful, dependable products. Throughout our 90+ years, we’ve added hundreds of new products, hired and promoted thousands of people, and expanded into 190 countries – but we still believe in the same things. We’re committed to building partnerships with our employees, our customers, our environment, and our communities. This is how we do business. And we call it Working Right.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Please visit www.cummins.com to explore more about our products, markets, global distribution network, financials and sustainability focus.
Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience. This is an exciting opportunity for a Manufacturing Engineer position located in Columbus, IN.
Manufacturing Engineer
Responsibilities’ Summary:
This individual will be responsible for planning, designing, purchasing, and/or implementing integrated manufacturing assembly or fabrication processes in a manufacturing plant.
Key Responsibilities Specific to Role:
  • Supports daily operations by providing training, maintenance support and troubleshooting.
  • Willing to work hands-on with machine tools and processes.
  • Work with precision machining and gauging processes. (grinding, superfinishing, EDM, ECM, AFM, milling, turning)
  • Lead capital projects for new equipment and/or equipment upgrades for the facility.
  • Continuously improve/update process documentation, utilize common problem solving tools (6-Sigma, Root Cause Analysis, FTA, 7-step, etc.)
  • Support Cross-Functional Work Team consisting of Operations, Quality, Materials, Finance, Product Engineering, and Safety.


Skills – Functional/Technical
  • Project Management - Has a good understanding of and effectively applies project management techniques in low to moderately complex projects.
  • Fundamentals Of Manufacturing - Basic competence in the body of knowledge as defined by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for a Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT). The body of knowledge includes the following areas: Mathematics, Applied Science, Process Design, Materials, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Management, Manufacturing Economics, Quality Control, Computer Applications, and Automation. Working knowledge of the Fundamentals of Manufacturing. More than 2 years of experience working as a Manufacturing Engineer, but not yet a Certified Manufacturing Technologist (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), or local equivalent)
  • Equipment / Capital Procurement - Understanding the requirements for purchasing tools and equipment according to Cummins Production Equipment Specifications. Capital purchases require the approval of a Request for Capital Appropriations (RFA) which includes justification of the project from a financial/ strategic standpoint and must be completed in a specific format defined by the documented procedure. Working knowledge of the Cummins Production Equipment Specifications. Has initiated the purchase of tools and equipment. Understands the difference between capital and expense purchases. Experienced at writing Request for Capital Appropriations
  • Fundamentals Of Controls Engineering - Knowledge of various hardware and software used in the control of manufacturing processes and equipment. Includes understanding of: Programmable Logic Controllers, Ladder Logic, and Human-Machine Interfaces. Communication networks and protocols used on the shop floor. Control systems including pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical sources of energy. Sensors, actuators, and various loop control technologies. Motion control, servo systems, and multiaxis control including robotics. Working knowledge of electrical controls. Good understanding of programmable logic controllers and ladder logic programs. Can troubleshoot electrical circuits and understand electrical prints. Understand how machines operate and can suggest and implement basic improvements. Basic knowledge of the interface of the shop floor control system to the plant's Manufacturing Execution System.
  • Fundamentals Of Industrial Engineering - Concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.  Knows how to conduct a work measurement study.  Can balance a production line using the data from a work measurement study. Can effectively apply the basic principles of ergonomics in a workstation design project. Familiar with process documentation methods. Uses material flow data to develop an efficient and effective facility layout.
  • Workstation Design - This skill involves being able to design an operator station. Design of an operator station requires knowledge of anthropometrics, ergonomics, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) safety standards, office layout guidelines, etc. Many of these standards must be utilized to develop an efficient work station design. Can apply work station design standards to design an ergonomically sound station for one manufacturing operation or office space.
  • Ergonomics - Intended to reduce operator fatigue and discomfort. It is a scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. Knows how to perform an ergonomic analysis/assessment and make necessary changes/modifications based on the results in order to improve the ergonomics of a workstation. Has attended Ergo in Action training
  • Problem Solving And Quality Improvement - Problem Solving and Improvement approaches, including understanding of tools/process type and selection, plus Corrective and Preventive Action processes. A CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and/or have 2 years of experience in this role. Must be able to lead problem solving efforts, including the use of a variety of problem solving tools such as 7 Step, FMEA and Kaizen.
Experience, Education and Certifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering or related discipline required
  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years recent experience in a manufacturing and/or precision machining environment.
  • Automotive industry experience is highly preferred
  • Six Sigma Certification is highly preferred


Compensation and Benefits:


Compensation: Base salary commensurate with experience plus bonus.
Benefits: Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance,  Health Savings Account,  Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.


Cummins and E-verify:


At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace.  Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law.
Cummins uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

For more information and to apply, please visit Cummins' website.

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