Principal Manufacturing Engineer

at Dexter Magnetic Technologies in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Dexter Magnetic Technologies supplies specialized magnetic solutions and components to demanding applications in the medical, aerospace, defense, semiconductor manufacturing, oil and gas, and industrial end markets.  Dexter’s engineers solve complex customer problems with innovative solutions, winning business based on quality, customer support, and application engineering expertise.

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Basic Purpose and Objective of the Position

The Principal Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for delivering world class results in design, new product introduction and manufacturing processes. 


Major Responsibilities


  • Lead and project manage the development, design and validation of existing and new manufacturing and assembly processes utilizing 3D solid-modeling, and world class manufacturing methods with a focus on employee safety, ergonomics, and lean concepts. Development should include consideration for direct labor differing language and skill capabilities.
  • Lead the Manufacturing Engineering effort in the New Product Introduction (NPI) Stage Gate process by executing the following:
    • Serve as the thought leader for mechanical design and manufacturing engineers.
    • Expert in new and cutting-edge CNC Machining Competency: CNC Mill, CNC Lathe, EDM, and grinding experience, Able to produce 3D models for in process material and fixtures and direct CNC Programmers to make precision parts. CNC Programming Experience in Mastercam a plus.
    • Skilled thought leader in the machining (and micro-machining), of a wide variety of materials.  Ferrous, non-Ferrous, fragile (I.e., ceramics, rare earth magnet material), and micro-machining to exacting tight tolerances.
    • Expertise in leading projects in an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) Role
    • Ensure manufacturing process accommodates final machining to achieve geometrical tolerances.
    • Provide expertise and working knowledge of relevant mechanical standards around part machining, and product design requirements.
    • Determine manufacturing method and estimate setup/run times. (Takt time/cycle time analysis)
    • Support the Team’s efforts in the Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
    • Lead the Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) efforts on each project.
    • Develop control plans and inspection methods.
    • Define all materials, tooling, fixturing, adhesives, and methods of manufacturing, as needed and ensure safety and quality are taken into consideration throughout the process.
    • Create high quality standard work that reduces human error.
    • Apply GD&T as required to designs, and components drawings.
    • Skilled in the application of Lean Manufacturing and 6 Sigma Methods.
    • Demonstrated experience in developing new approaches in machining different parts or modifying CNC equipment to push machine capability.

Salary Range: 150,000-$165,000


      Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing, or industrial Engineering.
  • Master’s degree in engineering preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a lead/principal engineering role, and minimum of 15 years’ experience in an engineering capacity.
  • Proven record of successful launch as it relates to new product and process introduction.
  • Proven record of leading cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Expert 3D CAD skills with Solidworks, ProE or another 3D package
  • Expert drafting and GD & T skills with the ability to perform tolerance stack up analysis.
  • Black / Green Belt / Lean Manufacturing Certification Desired
  • Knowledge of magnetic materials and applications a plus.


Essential Skills

  • Action Oriented at all times.
  • Communication – Clear and succinct communication skills
  • Technical Competency – is a skilled and technically competent engineer.
  • Excellent manufacturing problem solving skills with extensive knowledge of DMAIC principals; uses rigorous logic and methods to solve problems producing effective solutions to problem statements. (8D, 5-Why, Fishbone, SIPOC, etc.)
  • Excellent time management skills
  • High level of business acumen
  • Working knowledge with ERP/MRP (Epicor a plus)


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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Job Posting: 11909072

Posted On: May 17, 2024

Updated On: May 17, 2024

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