Manufacturing Engineer
IN - Bristol


Opportunity Snapshot
Top reasons to consider aligning your career with Utilimaster
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Challenging and rewarding role will let you prove your potential to advance in our growing company

If you have experience envisioning and implementing factory automation in a low-volume/high variation manufacturing operation, this position offers you some very compelling opportunities. Consider the advantages:
  • This new, exciting project has high visibility throughout the organization.
  • You'll have chances to use your creative thinking abilities as you refine and improve processes.
  • You'll get the best of both worlds: the chance to think strategically, paired with the opportunity to spend a great deal of your time on hands-on work.
  • This role offers you autonomy and latitude as a self-driven individual contributor, but you'll also have plenty of support when you need it.
  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance in a fast-growing organization.
Utilimaster moves ahead of the competition when commercial trucks and uplift services require precision, planning, peerless people, and the perfect vehicle. Our vehicles deliver for well-respected global brands in the package delivery, ecommerce, food and beverage, linen and laundry, grocery and pharmaceutical markets.  Utilimaster is a top-tier go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), North America’s leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. The Shyft Group, formerly known as Spartan Motors, Inc., rebranded this year to reflect a new focus on high-growth end markets to help ensure long-term profitable growth.

Pictured: The Charlotte facility will manufacture the Velocity, a highly productive, fuel-efficient delivery vehicle. Among other differentiators, the Velocity offers big-truck interior space without requiring a commercial driver's license -- thus expanding the pool of potential drivers for fleet operators.
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Key Role at a Growing Plant, Including a Major Ramp-up for a Game-Changing Product

The Requirements
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To be a good fit for the Manufacturing Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical / Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of related experience working with a low-volume/high variation manufacturing operation, including experience envisioning and implementing factory automation 
  • Good hands-on engineering skills, including experience working on pneumatics, hydraulics, and the ability to work on production equipment
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, manage and maintain budgets
  • Strong self-motivation with the ability to prioritize work and stay on task
  • Skill as an innovative team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs (MS Word, Excel, MS Project, MS PowerPoint) and a strong foundation with computer aided design systems (SolidWorks and AutoCAD preferred)
  • Sound judgment with the ability to make timely, and sometimes difficult, decisions in a high-pressure environment
  • The ability to work with some direction and be effective in a fast-paced environment while being versatile, flexible and willing to work within constantly changing priorities
  • A strong understanding of safety requirements and cautions
  • Strong communication skills in English, verbal and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
Preferred but not required:
  • Experience working with Tier I automotive suppliers
  • PLC knowledge would be a bonus
You’ll generally work M-F during usual business hours, but you’ll need to be flexible to complete some weekend work depending on project needs.
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Director of Manufacturing Engineering, who will be based off-site, you will be responsible for optimizing manufacturing and troubleshooting production problems, planning and designing manufacturing plant floor layouts to properly locate and coordinate equipment and material for efficient production. You and one other Manufacturing Engineer will each take ownership over acting as the primary manufacturing process liaison for one of our two facilities.

Your key goal will be to develop and improve manufacturing processes, acting as a conduit between the global division objectives and facility objectives. Most of your time will be spent engaging with the manufacturing floor and being a part of the manufacturing process, development, and upkeep.

You’ll begin with our current process map, but will have some authority to make live process improvement changes and implementation (in collaboration with other stakeholders). And we’re completely open to you developing proposals for anything outside of your scope; there is plenty of room to help influence things for the better.

Some of your specific tasks will be to:
  • Evaluate tools and equipment process options that will reduce cost in the operation.
  • Seek approval for investments in machinery and equipment that will improve manufacturing / assembly operations.
  • Produce engineering drawings for and design fixturing / tooling.
  • Implement lean manufacturing principles such as visual controls, pull inventory systems within a process, workplace organization, and continuous improvement.
  • Provide manufacturing technical support for production operations, which includes tooling, fixturing and process troubleshooting utilizing existing systems and procedures, as well as investigate new technologies, methods and processes to improve existing operations.
  • Monitor and correct safety / ergonomic issues.
  • Support the CI (Continuous Improvement) team to develop and organize lean events.
  • Actively participate in the WOW (War On Waste) team or program and assist in the implementation of WOW events.
  • Support the NPI (New Product Introduction) process; evaluating new projects for tooling and equipment needs.
  • Drive continuous improvement and eliminate waste in all manufacturing facilities.
  • Aid in work station load balancing for all manufacturing areas.
  • Verify, review and implement torque specifications as well as high risk part specifications.
  • Track welder certifications and make necessary adjustments based on requirements.
  • Manage plant and campus layouts, including, but not limited to production lines and stations, office space, parking lots, and warehousing.
  • Investigate problems, determine root cause, and implement corrective and preventative actions by communicating with and assisting cross-functional teams (quality, engineering, production, materials, purchasing, etcetera) to resolve issues.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, participate in educational programs, attend workshops or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the manufacturing field.
  • Knowledge of SPS and core procedures.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

Pictured: Utilimaster's success depends on the hard work and craftsmanship of our many talented employees.
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Why Join Us
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Career catapult
You will be busy from day one with both strategic and tactical responsibilities, which will give you many chances to demonstrate your creativity, leadership and ability to deliver results. If you succeed in this role, you'll become a prime candidate for new opportunities. For example, once you prove yourself in this role, your next step could be into manufacturing operations management.  

High visibility
Ramping-up the Velocity vehicle build operation is a key initiative for our corporation, and you will be in a high-visibility position on the team. This is a role where company leadership will know your name and your accomplishments.

Learning opportunities
This project has catapulted us into the realm of a number of new technologies, which will give you plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge base in product and process. 

Stability and growth
The Shyft Group is financially sound and will continue to be an aggressive market disrupter through strategic acquisitions, relevant product innovations, and aggressive growth models that serve strong and growing end markets. Be assured, our accelerated growth trajectory will create opportunities for strong performers.

Focused transformation
Utilimaster, alongside The Shyft Group’s family of well-respected brands, continue as leaders in every segment in which they compete. The Shyft name represents speed, efficiency, agility, and a high-intensity approach, which corresponds with the company’s pivot in market focus and the forward momentum garnered in the work truck, specialty service, and delivery vehicle markets.

Driven to deliver
Ever evolving and advancing, The Shyft Group is driven to make an impactful difference in how effectively goods, people, and services are delivered in today's and tomorrow's marketplace. Through our unmatched industry knowledge, engineering expertise, and manufacturing reach, we continue to deliver job-enhancing, efficiency-driving, ever-reliable products and services made for the road ahead.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus, we offer medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance plans; a health savings account; a flexible savings account; wellness credits; a wellness program; a 401(k) plan with a corporate match; an employee stock purchase program and more.

Video: The Shyft Group is an innovative and evolving organization that is driven to make an impactful difference in how effectively goods and services are delivered in today’s and tomorrow’s marketplace.
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Road to Success
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This is not a role where you can stay in the office all day; the more hands-on and engaged you are, the more successful you’ll be. You’ll call on your creativity to develop and redesign manufacturing processes, but you’ll also need to get buy in from other stakeholders who don’t report to you. Therefore, communication will be key to getting around roadblocks.

You’ll have support from your director and the other Manufacturing Engineer, but you’ll also need to be very self-motivated and have the drive to meet your goals as an individual contributor. If you're looking for a job where everything is well-established and ready to roll when you walk through the door, this is not the role for you. However, if you truly enjoy building things and making things better, we definitely want to hear from you. Once we're done renovating the house it will be great, but you also have to be enthusiastic about playing a key role in the renovation.
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Utilimaster is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at laura.eaton@theshyftgroup.com.