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Date Added: Wed 26/05/2021

Manufacturing Engineer / Weld Engineer (CHA - Wilson Road)

Chattanooga, TN, US
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Company: HEATEC, INC.

Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description


The Manufacturing Engineer (Weld Engineer) will be responsible for designing, creating, and continuously improving manufacturing processes with the operations group. This role will also support the manufacturing operation with technical expertise and guidance regarding technology, processes, equipment, and continuous improvement.  

Key Deliverables

  • Manufacturing Process Improvement
  • Implementation of New Technology and Methodology
  • Compliance with Safety Standards and Legal Regulations 
  • Cost-Saving Measures and Quality Control Systems
  • Long-Range Implementation Planning

Key Activities & Responsibilities

  • Develop, evaluate, and recommend improvements in manufacturing methods via new processes and modifications, minimization of costs, and effective application of production capabilities
  • Implement process improvements through time studies, process mapping, value-stream mapping, spaghetti diagram and workload balancing with cross-functional team collaboration
  • Utilize standard lean tool sets and achieve safety and process improvements through reductions in cycle-time, rework, scrap, inventory, overtime, space, on-time completions, etc.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing to analyze and plan workforce utilization, space requirements, material routing and handling methods, manufacturing processes and methods, machine and tool design applications, workflow and new technology and layout designs of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency, safety and quality
  • Support planning of facility production with quantitative tools such as load tables or other analysis tools to determine equipment loads, line balance, man/machine requirements, and areas of improvement
  • Estimate production times, capacity requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions and meet completion dates and technical specifications
  • Develop proposals, evaluates new development programs and recommends changes in parts specifications, manufacturing processes and production methods and/or objectives to improve quality, productivity, manufacturability and safety as required
  • Apply statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential
  • Oversee transition of new product introductions from engineering to manufacturing including capacity analysis, process robustness and process validations
  • Develop and maintain the manufacturing process work instructions and assembly tooling initiated by product design or method improvement changes
  • Specify new equipment and design required fixtures, jigs and tooling needed to meet production and quality requirements
  • Research, organize, analyze and maintain records of technical information from a variety of sources

To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:

  • Bachelor's Degree in industrial, manufacturing, mechanical engineering or related field from an accredited college or university required
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related work experience in a manufacturing environment with a demonstrated understanding of heavy machinery manufacturing processes
  • Minimimum of 3-5 years of welding experience (FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, stick, MIG, TIG, sub-arc) and 1-3 years weld equipment spec, purchasing, and commissioning
  • Knowledge of LEAN, Kaizen, and continuous improvement methods used in manufacturing processes, metal-cutting and welding processes, and nesting software for material optimization 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required; AutoCad Inventor a plus
  • Ability to collaborate and facilitate cross functional teams to influence and manage change in a heavy manufacturing, multi-shift work environment through excellent organizational and managerial skills
  • Fosters healthy relationship with shop floor team members with a “go and see” attitude toward shop floor issue support
  • Champions “design for manufacturability” opportunities with Product Engineering
  • Proficient with reading and understanding engineering drawing and schematics 
  • Understanding and use of ERP System (Oracle a plus) regarding work routings, standards, costing, and scheduling

Supervisor and Leadership Expectations

  • None.

Our Culture and Values

Employees that become part of Astec embody the values below throughout their work. 

  • Continuous devotion to meeting the needs of our customers
  • Honesty and integrity in all aspects of business
  • Respect for all individuals
  • Preserving entrepreneurial spirit and innovation
  • Safety, quality and productivity as means to ensure success

NOTE: This position is responsible for certain internal control responsibilities. These internal control responsibilities are verbally communicated to the incumbent and periodic feedback is provided as it relates to the performance of these internal control responsibilities.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to risk of injury in an office environment and occasionally a manufacturing shop plant environment. Duties include a typical office setting including extensive computer work, sitting or standing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Astec does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, citizenship status, a person's veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law or executive order. 

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