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Process Engineer

Company: IPS Corporation
Location: Gardena
Posted on: March 11, 2023

Job Description:

*Job Title: Process Engineer*
*Business: Weld-On*
*Location: Gardena, California*

*About the Company:*
IPS Corporation is a global, market-leading provider of solvent cements, adhesives and specialized plumbing products. Founded in 1954 in Los Angeles, CA, IPS began by producing clear cements for laminating acrylic sheet for aircraft canopies. Today, IPS, with its three operating companies, has eight manufacturing plants and nine distribution centers supporting sales to a diverse set of end markets in 85 countries.

Weld-On Adhesives, the largest subsidiary of IPS Corporation, is the pioneer and leading manufacturer of WeldOn - solvent cements, primers and cleaners for PVC, CPVC, ABS and other plastic piping systems. Weld-On products are globally recognized as the premium products for joining plastic pipes and fittings and are used by professional installers around the world in a variety of applications such as, but not limited to, construction (residential & commercial), industrial (chemical process, water treatment, mining, etc.), irrigation (landscaping & agricultural) and others. Headquartered in California, Weld-On has state-of-the-art operations throughout the United States, as well as China, and a worldwide network of sales representatives and distributors.

*About the Role:*
The Process Engineer is responsible for improving productivity and being a continuous improvement champion. This role will work to reduce manufacturing costs and improve process control in a way that results in a safer work environment that consistently meets the Weld-On standards of quality. The Process Engineer will leverage the IPS Business System to document and improve process and transactional flows, define and enforce standard work, improve set-up times, improve productivity (manual, machine, materials), and problem solve by identifying and implementing countermeasures. This role will also develop process, forums, tools, training materials, and poka-yokes to ensure sustainability and continued progress towards improved operational efficiencies.

*Essential Duties and Responsibilities:*

* Identify, establish, and monitor all available data sources to assess the performance of specific operational areas against safety, quality, delivery, inventory, and productivity (SQDIP) goals / targets.
* Execute on identified countermeasures needed to close any gaps between performance and goals / targets for SQDIP.
* Aid and guide manufacturing associates in addressing process gaps, troubleshooting activities, and resource escalation when needed.
* Create, maintain, and revise all manufacturing related documentation (i.e., standard work instructions, set-up sheets, test method procedures, corrective methods, visual inspection criteria, etc.)
* Analyze, develop, implement, and maintain manufacturing operation sequences, specifications, and equipment requirements for production / assembly of new and existing products.
* Interpret product design requirements into manufacturing process specifications.
* Identify equipment suppliers, secure quotes, and assess technical capabilities. Select supplier based on product trials at suppliers end and justifying the same. Ensure the installation and qualification of equipment with excellent process capabilities.
* Lead (or participate in) new assembly line set-up / layout change efforts.
* Work with Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, and Quality during all phases of product development to optimize designs for cost, performance, manufacturability, service, and reliability.
* Troubleshoot manufacturing problems and implement sustainable corrective actions / design and implement SPC, poka-yoke and other process capability and problem solving and monitoring tools.
* Design & establish appropriate tests for specification and reliability.
* Establish and implement manufacturing flow charts, standard work, procedures, control plans, and FMEAs as prescribed by ISO standards and the IPS Business System.
* Conduct process audits based on customer requirements.
* Must adhere to all standard and specialized PPE requirements and ensure that team members are adhering to all safe work practices.
* Other duties as needed.

*Education / Training / Certification:*


* Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Production, or Electrical Engineering
* 5+ years of experience working as a Process Engineer


* Master's degree

*Skills (Technical):*


* Highly proficient using Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
* Highly proficient using basic drafting software such as AutoCad
* Thorough understanding of engineering material properties, DFM concepts, ergonomics, and poka-yokes. Working knowledge of tools must be applied when proposing any changes to the manufacturing set-up, as well as designing new manufacturing lines.
* Ability to conceptualize, design, and develop efficient jigs, fixtures, and other tooling and equipment, preferably with automation as feasible.
* Ability to prepare process feasibility study and process flow diagram.
* Working knowledge of process planning, execution, line balancing, capacity planning, and production ramp.
* Experience in the concepts and implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles
* Experience using one or more of the following analytical tools: Structured Problem-Solving methodologies, Statistics, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Design of Experiments (DOE), Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
* Experience conducting a cost analysis to determine the feasibility of proposed changes while considering other alternatives to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.


* Experience using statistical software such as JMP or Minitab
* Six Sigma Green or Black Belt

*Skills (Interpersonal):*


* Ability to Influence Others: Ability to build trust and strong relationships across the team. This includes inspiring others to think and embrace new ways of doing things, encouraging a continuous improvement mindset, and fostering a highly engaged workplace. Teach and enable employees to drive continuous improvement efforts.
* Analytical: Close attention to detail with the ability to identify and collect data to understand trends, identify unforeseen opportunities, avoid pitfalls, and make data driven decisions.
* Communication: Proven ability to effectively communicate both written and verbal, across functions, employee levels, and external customers.
* Continuous Improvement: Ability to drive process improvements and sustainment with minimal supervision.
* Problem Solving: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
* Teamwork: Collaborates and partners across manufacturing functions and plays an active role in working with the product development team.

*Physical Requirements:*


* Must have the ability to sit and stand for long periods.
* Must be able to lift and move items or boxes up to 30 pounds.
* Ability to travel up to 10%

_Reasonable accommodations may be extended to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions._

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $80,003.00 - $137,148.00 per year%34087358% %%engid%%

Keywords: IPS Corporation, Gardena , Process Engineer, Engineering , Gardena, California

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