Manufacturing Engineer

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Date: Jun 8, 2024

Location: Neenah, WI, US, 54957

Company: J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Requisition #: 19301
Functional Area:  Engineering; Manufacturing
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Work Options:  In Office at Location Specified Above #LI-Onsite
Work Hours:  Standard Business Hours

Position Summary

Great opportunity to join our Manufacturing & Supply Chain team at J. J. Keller as a Manufacturing Engineer! This is a NEW, critical position that will play a key role in helping us to expand into OEM products through product development and manufacturing optimization. This individual contributor role will use manufacturing engineering and project management skills to optimize product designs for manufacturability, develop new manufacturing processes, and conduct continuous improvement of existing manufacturing processes. 


This position will be located on-site at our Neenah Corporate Headquarters and will have the opportunity to occasionally work from home.

Job Responsibilities

  • Applies engineering principles to design, prototype, test, evaluate, and implement manufacturing processes in collaboration with the cross functional business unit team.
  • Continuously improves manufacturing processes for new and existing products.
  • Creates or revises design models, drawings, bill of materials, documents, and test plans to ensure products are optimized for manufacturability.
  • Creates and maintains process work instructions, shop drawings, fixture designs, and other technical documentation.
  • Learns to operate and maintain new equipment and conducts train-the-trainer sessions with lead operators and mechanics.
  • Conducts prototype and first article testing for internally and externally manufactured products.  
  • Collaborates with operations and maintenance personnel to troubleshoot and resolve technical problems in production.
  • Conducts research, data collection, and statistical analysis to be used for continuous improvement and decision making.
  • Creates capital expenditure budgets consistent with business unit five-year roadmap.
  • Collaborates with suppliers on selection and implementation of capital equipment.
  • Collaborates with sourcing personnel to identify and qualify domestic and international manufacturing partners. 
  • Develops manufacturing engineering project plans that achieve schedule, performance, and cost objectives.
  • Collaborates with maintenance and operations staff on creating and approving plant layouts.
  • Ensures that the company’s manufacturing processes comply with applicable government laws and regulations.
  • Collaborates with quality control staff to ensure best practices and adherence to quality standard certifications.



Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering discipline with 5+ years of manufacturing engineering experience.
  • Experience developing new manufacturing processes and the startup of new product manufacturing.
  • Prior experience using 3D modeling design tools, SolidWorks preferred.
  • Experience selecting and commissioning capital equipment including automated systems.
  • Experience in industrial printing, sheet metal fabrication, or plastic injection molding preferred.
  • Experience applying Lean, Six Sigma, or project management principals.


Other Skills:

  • Self-directed and able to work effectively both independently and within a team environment.
  • Possess a continuous improvement outlook and suggest, promote, and champion product and process changes.
  • Advanced problem solving and analytical skills, with the ability to critically review and interpret technical documentation.
  • Organized to handle multiple projects and to meet key deadlines while managing changing priorities.
  • Ability to communicate new and innovative manufacturing concepts in simple terms.
  • Available to work onsite a minimum of 3 days per week.  
  • Ability to travel on an occasional basis (<10%).

Physical Requirements

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to high speed printing presses and other machinery. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for extended periods of time.

Occasional travel to vendor sites and/or industry and training events may be required. 

We Protect People & The Businesses They Run™


Every associate at J. J. Keller makes a difference by creating safer, more respectful workplaces. Whether serving our customers directly with expertise in safety and regulatory compliance or supporting the business with specialized skills, together we contribute to better workplaces for people across North America.


J. J. Keller History:  November 1, 2023, marked 70 years of business for J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Click HERE to take a tour through three generations of this family-owned business – from our founding as a one-man consulting firm through decades of delivering on our purpose of protecting people and the businesses they run.


J. J. Keller Career Stories:  Click HERE to hear from our associates about what they have to say about life as an associate at J. J. Keller.


J. J. Keller Earns 7th Great Place to Work Certification™:  Click HERE to find out what makes J. J. Keller great.


J. J. Keller Certified as a Top 100 Most Loved Workplace® in America:  Click HERE to find out why our associates LOVE working at J. J. Keller.


2023 Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation:  Click HERE to learn more about this prestigious recognition.


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J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Oshkosh
Nearest Secondary Market: Appleton

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