Process Engineer

Plug Power

Position Summary

Our client, a leading hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing company is hiring for a Process Engineer to join their team.  This individual plays a critical role in the development and refinement of manufacturing processes, material flow, and standard operating procedures.  The P. E. will lead a culture of continuous improvement through the implementation of Lean-Sigma methodologies, researching leading edge processes and best practices, supporting cross-functional projects focused on achieving the highest possible levels of product quality and operational excellence.


Principle Accountabilities

  • Ensure manufacturing processes and equipment availability meet production requirements and operate at optimum efficiency.
  • Drive and monitor continuous process improvement, measured by KPI’s including production quality, production capacity, and cost reduction.
  • Leads complex continuous improvement projects.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures compliance to all Regulatory (Local, Federal), Corporate, and Plant standards.
  • Develops and maintains a detailed understanding of company products and related manufacturing objectives and engineering constraints.
  • Develops and improves manufacturing processes and material flow by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment; soliciting feedback from production technicians; and conferring with equipment vendors.
  • Leads the implementing of process improvement projects, Kaizen and training events using Lean-Sigma tools, including safety, ergonomics, 5S, Kanbans, statistical process control, standard work, and visual controls.
  • Monitors process improvement progress and leads team problem solving projects including root cause analysis, containment, corrective, and preventative action implementation.
  • Develops, maintains, and communicates manufacturing process performance metrics (KPI’s).
  • Works within close coordination with production and warehouse staff to support manufacturing process and material flow needs, alleviating production constraints, improving product quality and overall process efficiency.
  • Utilizes and improves business process systems (quality & test data bases, ERP system, project management software, etc.) to support continuous improvement efforts.
  • Develops and maintains standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Coordinates with New Product Introduction and Engineering teams to improve design for manufacturability, reliability, and serviceability.
  • Manages cross-functional coordination to develop and maintain a comprehensive equipment management process, in-house fixture and tooling requirements, predictive & preventative maintenance requirements to increase our overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and fulfillment of the quality measurement system specifications.
  • Supports the quality organization to ensure thorough and timely dispositions of non-conforming material in order to maintain continuity of production and containment of problems before they reach the customer.
  • Contributes to team Operational Excellence efforts by accomplishing related results as needed.



Education and Experience

  • BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, etc.)
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience.
  • Lean Sigma green belt/black belt preferred
  • Proficient with solid modeling engineering systems (CREO – preferred)
  • Proficient in Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and the ability to translate complex methodologies to diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Uncompromising dedication to product quality
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects and multi-task effectively
  • Proven track record of driving continuous improvement projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to role model high standards of professionalism
  • Excellent follow-through
  • Must be driven and self-motivated


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