Machine Design Engineer

Clanton, AL

Industry: Automotive


  • The North American Equipment Build Team performs the lead roles in the areas of, but not limited to: Machine design and new process development, technology evaluation and development, process improvement, process standardization, process testing and equipment building. The person filling this


Core Responsibilities:

  • Applies advanced technical knowledge to effectively design equipment and tooling for seating product assembly or processing
  • Constantly reviews the best in class manufacturing methods and reflect these in the adoption of new / optimized process solutions
  • Develops and introduces new / optimized process solution to improve labor productivity, production lead time and reduce manufacturing cost
  • Evaluates manufacturing processes by designing and conducting research activity; applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; conferring with equipment vendors.
  •   Plans projects by studying customer requirements (equipment specifications) along with identifying and analyzing trends in technology; conferring and collaborating with other members of engineering
  • Improves manufacturing efficiency by analyzing and planning work flow, space requirements and equipment layout while integrating these principles into machine design


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Designs equipment, machinery, and tooling to aid in the manufacturing, assembly and processing of automotive seating components
  • Conduct machine / process design reviews with customers (AME, ME)
  • Responsible to define and/or optimize equipment / process solutions for seating products within the business
  • Oversees machine design integration and installation


Basic Qualifications:

  • Familiar with TS and ISO standards
  •    Able to work in a team based management environment
  • Ability to document and correspond effectively in order to          convey design concepts and processing methods to customers
  • Ability to interpret technical specifications
  • BS degree in engineering, preferably in mechanical engineering, minimum of (5) years experience
  • Strong working knowledge in CAD, preferably in SolidWorks
  •    Full understanding of GD&T principles
  • Strong understanding of metals and plastics; mechanical wear  resistance, chemical characteristics, structural integrity, etc.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Mechanical / Machine Design; Have strong working knowledge of machine mechanics. Has had associations with items or components such as: specialized tools and fixtures, pick and place units, shuttle mechanisms, cam driven devices, frames, brackets, index tables, screw mechanisms, cylinders, bearings, gears, etc.
  • Control Power Systems; Have working knowledge in areas of hydraulic, pneumatic and vacuum system design. This includes valve function, flow control, regulators, manifolds, pumps etc.
  • Manufacturing / Process improvement; Have ability to study and understand existing processes or machines and find ways to improve by means of re-design, added design or additional training, focusing primarily on cycle time & downtime reduction and product throughput improvement.
  • General Capabilities: Project management, problem solving /creativity, ability to work in a team environment, ability to carry out projects turnkey, leadership skills, strong project documentation skills and continuous improvement discipline
  • Other Qualities: Drive for excellence, enthusiasm in the position and workplace, positive attitude and be a team player. 

Please send resumes to

John Nordness
Manager - Technical Services

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