Kappa Search | Chicago Employment Agency | Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Kappa Search Inc., a Chicago employment agency specializing in engineering, manufacturing, sales and supply chain recruitment and placement, seeks a Sr. Manufacturing Engineering for a growth opportunity with an automotive components manufacturer. Responsibilities and requirements as follows:

Obtain optimum efficiency, economy of operations, and maximize profits by creating a safe, effective, customer-driven manufacturing environment and a workforce capable of meeting current and future customer requirements.


  • The incumbent has the authority to act as project leader to design or supervise the design of equipment needed to meet the process and economic requirements.
  • Develop and maintain an effective organization through selection, education, training, mentoring, and motivation of all personnel under his/her direction.
  • Create and reconcile manufacturing documentation, such as manufacturing bills of material, labor routings, manufacturing process documentation.
  • Develop the manufacturing processing steps and for the accurate and cost efficient production of close tolerance, complex jobs in a high volume environment.
  • Contribute to key strategic planning and decision making regarding new technologies, processing, markets, machining and tooling capabilities, and customer value-added solutions.
  • Confer with management, production, and marketing staff to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand for new and existing products.
  • Establish new guidelines, best practices, and routines based on engineering standards to assure operational capabilities, quality, safety, lead time reductions and cost effectiveness.
  • Negotiate with customers, operations, engineering, and sales personnel regarding process, material, and equipment changes to the production of plastic components.


  • Requires a B.S. in a manufacturing engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Requires eight or more years work experience in manufacturing engineering applications and project management.
  • APQP experience
  • Project management of new equipment including evaluation, design, specification, selection, justification, acquisition, installation, training, and sign-off to manufacturing.
  • Past experience working with injection molded plastics and metal stampings
  • A thorough knowledge of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, machine programming software, ladder logic, PLC programming, Vision System (Cognex) and robotic controls (Motoman, Denso) and interfacing is required.