Engineering Manager

Job Locations US-MI-West Branch
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Summary:  The Engineering Manager will drive continuous improvement at WSC through the use and application of Lean mfg. methodologies to study and improve manufacturing operations, and to enhance WSC’s competitiveness in the global arena. This position combines a strong foundation in manufacturing systems and processes, supply chain / quality / project, and operations management to develop and improve manufacturing processes for this industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of quality building materials.


Duties to include (not limited to):

  • Evaluates manufacturing processes; designs and conducts research programs; applies knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; confers with equipment vendors; solicits observations from operators.
  • Develops manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment; conferring with equipment vendors.
  • Develop, maintain, report, and improve on capacity and productivity standards
  • Supports product and process quality by designing testing methods; testing finished- product and process capabilities; establishing standards; confirming manufacturing processes.
  • Supports manufacturing decision-making information by calculating production, labor, and material costs; reviewing production schedules; estimating future requirements.
  • Prepares product and process reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Communicates manufacturing engineering information, as needed, both horizontally and vertically across the organization.
  • Completes design and development projects by training and guiding operators and technicians, as needed.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Supports the launch of new equipment
  • Provide leadership to project engineering
  • Develop and mentor direct reports to ensure succession needs
  • Process Innovation – Responsible for continues improvements of existing production lines and development of future automated lines focused on Safety, Quality and Productivity.
  • Drive the product development process from idea to implementation
  • Work with the Maintenance Manager, define preventive maintenance strategies to avoid breakdowns and impacts to production

 Engineer Manager will possess and/or demonstrate the ability to:

  • Creativity and the ability to use modern technology in the manufacturing process.
  • Familiarity with today’s manufacturing best practice processes and concepts.
  • Implement proven problem-solving methods and statistical tools
  • Independent decision making and critical thinking skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet expected goals on time using advanced computerized technologies.
  • Good managerial skills and the ability to make critical decisions and use cost-effective methods in manufacturing process.
  • Enthusiasm and have a positive approach to problem-solving.


Education / Experience:

  • Should hold a BS or MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Engineering, or closely-related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • ASQ certification as Certified Six Sigma Black Belt very desirable but not required.
  • Experience implementing Lean and Six Sigma strongly preferred but not mandatory.
  • Experience in manufacturing and distributing building products a strong plus.

 Working Demands / Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

 Reports to: Plant Manager


Conclusion:  A WSC Engineer Manager will exemplify the high standards that have come to be associated with WSC. As an employee cutting across all departments and levels of the organization, the Engineer Manager will demonstrate communication excellence, politeness, honor, integrity and the willingness to do what our competition will not.  The maintenance and growth of WSC is every employee’s primary objective.


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