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Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Aug 5, 2022

Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Company: Oregon Tool

Work Location: Kansas City, MO (Mfg Plant)   

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our Team Members, Oregon Tool is requiring that all new hires, except hourly production/warehouse positions, have started their vaccination process or are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of work. 

At Oregon Tool, it is our goal to create, cultivate and sustain a global, inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our employees and customers. Oregon Tool invites and encourages applications from all skilled individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company #SharperTogether.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities, other duties maybe assigned as business needs determine:


  • Primary Task (40%) – Completes projects by applying a wide variety of engineering principles, theories, concepts, & techniques

    • Plans, conducts and implements concurrent research, development, or engineering assignments generally involving several highest impact and highest complexity metallurgically based or surface treatment manufacturing processes, usually in heat treat

    • Solves highest-complexity product problems related to materials selection or processing. 

    • Defines materials specifications and heat treatments for optimization of assigned products. 

    • Coordinates the work of Engineers, Technicians, and other support personnel and interacts with marketing, accounting, purchasing, manufacturing, product design and suppliers/customers.

    • Clearly defines, documents, and coordinates project requirements, project schedule(s), resource estimates/resource plan, cost estimates/cost targets, monitors budget, and project closure & critique

    • Write AR’s, status reports, and final reports

    • Data collection & analysis, analysis of alternatives, verification, and validation

    • Design reviews, process design, process documentation, and production training


  • Second Task (40%) – Production Support

    • Works on highest complexity metallurgically based and surface modification process problems, usually in heat treat, dealing with production down time, loss of or low efficiency, or quality deviations

    • Production support includes standard cost by operation, identifying opportunities for improvement, priorities of opportunities, analysis of alternatives, corrective actions, current process documentation, gauging, and product disposition recommendation; consultation on prints and process; purchase of toys/trial/experimental; floor layouts, ergonomic/safety assessments and capacity/utilization studies


  • Third Task (20%) – Mentoring Engineers and NPD support/Technical Recommendations for Division/Product Line

    • Accurately assesses strengths and developmental needs of engineering personnel

    • Gives specific feedback, helpful coaching, provides challenging assignments and opportunities for career development

    • Builds skills and confidence to improve performance

    • Identifies technological sources of information and utilizes that information to achieve goals/objectives

    • Formulates & recommends technical direction for the division/product line

    • Communicates technical concepts and information in non-technical, more easily understandable terms

    • Conveys information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents

    • Creates an atmosphere in which timely and high-quality information flows smoothly between oneself and others; encourages the open expression of ideas and opinions


  • Communication and Documentation

    • Maintain open communication through conversation and both formal and informal documents



  • B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering or equivalent discipline required


Knowledge & Experience:

  • Minimum 5-8 years of relevant experience

  • Experience should include exposure to and proficiency in multiple engineering disciplines


  • Demonstrated experience in metals heat treatment processes

  • Extensive working knowledge of the application on ASTM standards to mechanical testing as well as influence of processes and microstructure on mechanical properties of materials

  • Capable of qualifying and validating heat treat furnaces to adhere to process and customer requirements

  • Troubleshoot quality defects in the Heat Treat process by employing metallographic analysis, microstructure and various standardized testing methods

  • Able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional and quality manner

  • Solve problems analytically; search out relevant information and gauge its importance when making decisions

  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms

  • Creative thinker

  • Collaborative and effective team player and able to work with teams who are globally dispersed

  • Set a good example of personal integrity

  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to learn; seek out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learn from other team members and own mistakes

  • Take initiative, seek and act on opportunities to improve organization performance

  • Ability to translate specific goals into action and follow through to achieve goals

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and data management software (SAP preferred)



  • Available to work on site as required by job; eligible for domestic and international travel several times per year up to two weeks’ duration.


Featured Benefits:  

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits available on day one (no waiting period)  
  • One paid Community Involvement Day available per calendar year  
  • Tuition reimbursement  
  • Earn up to 120 hours vacation during your first year of service
  • Global company with small company feel  
  • Casual work attire  
  • 401k matching (100% of first 3%, 50% of next 3% = 4.5% match on 6% contribution)  


About Oregon Tool   

At Oregon Tool, we are a passionate group of people dedicated to a spirit of innovation and outside the box thinking to create the world’s most efficient cutting tools and products. We believe in inspiring, listening, learning, and rolling up our sleeves to “get to work” together. Our purpose goes beyond the products we make. We are devoted to positively impacting people, communities, and landscapes around the world. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment and implementing sustainable practices to help reverse the impacts of the global climate crisis. We are built on a pioneering spirit and believe in leading with humility, global stewardship, and owning it day in and day out. We know what it takes to get the job done, and we know our people is the way it happens.  

Come grow with us and help us be #SharperTogether   

At Oregon Tool it is our responsibility to help maintain the health and safety of our team members and the communities we operate within. We’re taking a people first approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, and by following best practice guidelines, we are thoughtfully operating in each of our locations.  

Oregon Tool will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Oregon Tool to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.  

During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g., date of birth; driver’s license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk, and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.