Pre-Production Manufacturing Engineer

Location:  Troy, MI

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$Salary level is 75-100k base

OPPORTUNITY: Pre-Production Manufacturing Engineer


As the Engineer for Pre-Production Manufacturing and Lean Activities, this individual will be responsible for facilitating the strategic lean transformation within Client Company.

This person will introduce lean concepts in current and future manufacturing facilities as well as in product design and development. The goal of this individual will be to obtain the best balance of labor, equipment and material costs on a variety of projects. The work will ensure new processes integrate into the production environment and function at the planned rate and performance upon start of production. This person will support activities globally.


The ideal candidate will possess the skills and knowledge sought below but, of equal importance, he or she will be self motivated, possess a positive attitude, and be a creative thinker. This is a “hands-on” position that will work across the global organization in a competitive atmosphere. Working effectively with cross-functional teams is crucial for success.



  • Drive standardization through Assembly Best Practice team
    • Develop, with cost estimating, an assembly process cost model and a tracking process for adherence to the process
    • Support project to drive commonality within product design activities to facilitate process refinement and equipment reuse
    • Standardize processes for new equipment quoting and qualifications
    • Support plants in implementation of best practices
  • Drive Lean into major capital projects
    • Support manufacturing plants on designs of capacity expansion projects
    • Work with Advanced Development Center and manufacturing plants to develop new modular equipment


  • Applicable technical knowledge
  • Ability to leverage current skill set to learn new improvement processes
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Demonstrate a high degree of leadership skills that allow the individual to influence all levels of the organization and make positive change



  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field  ( an Advanced technical degree would be ideal)
  • 2-7 years related experience preferred, including Lean Manufacturing experience
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Understanding and working knowledge of statistics
  • PC proficiency utilizing MS Office, MS Project, and AutoCAD
  • Proven leadership ability, excellent communicator, confidence inspirer, self-motivator



  • A strategic thinker who also executes well
  • Capable of engaging in an effective challenge process
  • A change agent with the ability to create new mindsets and behaviors
  • Have a proven track record of delivering extraordinary results