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Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Nov 29, 2022

Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Company: Oregon Tool

Work Location: Kansas City, MO (Mfg Plant)   

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.



Project Management – 40%

  • Plan, conduct and implement assignments involving several high impact, high complexity manufacturing process projects
  • Interact with marketing, accounting, purchasing, manufacturing, product design and suppliers/customers
  • Investigate and find resolution of specific processing problems for assigned projects
  • Support multiple individual and team projects while handling multiple tasks to successfully meet all deadlines.
  • Function as project leader when assigned
  • Plan, organize, and execute new projects related to higher yields, increased uptime, and improved cycle times
  • Document and communicate project status, changes, and other information to managers, engineers, and supervisors

Production Support – 30%

  • Work on miscellaneous manufacturing process problems dealing with production down time, loss of or low efficiency, or quality deviations
  • Continuously improve product quality, increase efficiency, and reduce production down time

Technical Recommendations -20%

  • Identify technological sources of information and utilize that information to achieve goals/objectives
  • Formulate and recommend technical direction
  • Participate in productivity improvement investigations
  • Identify root causes of product defects and low productivity, and implement solutions to prevent reoccurrence
  • Conduct thorough risk analysis
  • Provide constructive feedback in design reviews
  • Identify major “engineering process” improvement opportunities
  • Provide recommendations on manufacturing systems

Communication – 10%

  • Communicate technical concepts and information in non-technical, more easily understandable terms
  • Convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents
  • Create an atmosphere in which timely and high quality information flows smoothly between oneself and others; encourage the open expression of ideas and opinions


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent discipline
SKILLS/ABILITIES: Typical skills and abilities may include the following:

  • 5 - 8 years of relevant experience. Experience should include exposure to multiple engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability in implementing automation systems
  • Demonstrated ability for trouble shooting of production processes and equipment
  • Comfortable with being a hands-on engineer on all aspects of the manufacturing process and equipment
  • Capable of purchasing and installing new equipment
  • Solid understanding of industrial and electrical control system
  • Demonstrated ability in working with and improving metal forming, machining and Heat treat processes
  • Metallurgical experience is a definite plus
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Solid works, developing electrical diagrams and ladder logic programming experience
  • High volume manufacturing and automation experience preferred
  • Understanding of the design of manufacturing equipment or other machine tools preferred
  • Solid understanding of mechanical systems and manufacturing processes
  • Experience leading Lean manufacturing efforts
  • Able to identify alternative methods to check and verify solutions
  • Innovative thinker with excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated decision making and effective team skills, able to work independently or collaboratively as needed
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Able to motivate others and create a climate in which others want to do their best
  • Flexible and comfortable with change management concepts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to present highly technical information to diverse audiences, some without technical knowledge
  • Capable of handling high workloads in a dynamic work environment
  • Commitment to continuous improvement in processes and technical knowledge and uses performance data for improvement in key areas
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, MS Project and Outlook


  • Available to work on site as required
  • Day Shift:  Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Additional overtime may be necessary to support business needs, reasonable notice will be provided


Featured Benefits:  

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits available on day one (no waiting period)  
  • One paid Community Involvement Day available per calendar year  
  • 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.