Manufacturing Engineer

Country/Region:  US
State:  TN
City:  Chattanooga
Category:  Engineering


Tennessee Rand, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric, is a full service automation integrator. We provide engineering, machining, and integrated robotic systems with core competencies in advanced welding system design, high-quality weld fixtures, robotic integration, process automation, and ongoing service and support.

Req. ID: 23704 


Position Summary: Supports Manufacturing Engineering Department by assisting higher level Manufacturing Engineers with daily tasks and ongoing projects while working to become a Manufacturing Engineer III and training lower level Manufacturing Engineers.


Role qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related technical field, or equivalent experience
  • Hands-on experience in a mechanical environment
  • Capable of providing technical solutions to manufacturing requirements
  • Communication, customer relationship, computer and organizational skills


Position responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve products or reduce costs using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
  • Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods.
  • Incorporate new methods and processes to improve existing operations.
  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
  • Review product designs for manufacturability and completeness; and relay concerns to the design team.
  • Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.
  • Works with all areas of engineering and production to provide the best manufacturing methods, and keeps Manufacturing Engineering Manager abreast of the status of established projects.
  • Works with outside vendors, contractors, and with representatives of corporate manufacturing engineering and product engineering when needed.
  • Investigates alternative solutions for given projects, and develops cost information for each. Makes recommendations to Manager and is responsible for the execution of projects.
  • Designs equipment when necessary, specifies equipment to satisfy manufacturing requirements. 
  • As required, will write tool orders and requisition materials explaining the specific needs to outside vendors, the tool room, or other sources to assure the build or repair of required tools.
  • Involved in assisting production on all shifts with complex problems through minor changes in a manufacturing process, to a major modification of an existing piece of equipment (mechanical or electrical).  This includes the possible recommendation and installation of equipment and process qualification where applicable.
  • Assigned to major projects such as the set-up of new pieces of equipment authorized for purchase or transferred from another plant in conjunction with the requirements for the project.
  • Will contribute to each phase of the installation, set-up, debugging, implementation, safety and ergonomic review, qualification and training on the equipment before being released to production.
  • Assist with the hands-on programming and training with robots and PLC as required in an effort to improve processes and best practices.
  • Modify part drawings, design special projects and review ME problems at Building #2.
  • Use simulation software to conduct offline robot programming, perform robot reach studies, create layout concepts and support sales and applications.
  • Become proficient in the use of integration software including, but not limited to, Cimstation, RoboGuide, Robot Studio and Motosim; as well as CAD modeling software such as Creo.
  • Able to debug and support Integration while working towards a continuous improvement of programming practices
  • Act as Lead Integrator and support the project manager for special projects; including  building show cells for and attending trade shows, training cells and learning new technology for projects.
  • Recruits new talent for Human Resources, gives facility tours and acts as administrator for the apprenticeship program.
  • Train and supervise on-the-job training for Manufacturing Engineer level 1 personnel.
  • To obtain or build training equipment and track training progress within the integration department.
  • Uphold continuous training implementation and coordinate and update RIA certifications.
  • Attends Integration/Tooling audits, establishes audit lists, handles audit paperwork and works with the integration lead to help complete audit.


Essential skills and experience:

  • A general knowledge of the Quality Program Manual
  • A general knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • A thorough knowledge of WI-40
  • A thorough knowledge of Tennessee Rand Equipment Build Standards
  • A thorough knowledge of Tennessee Rand Technical Guidelines
  • An understanding of design for structural components and assemblies, specifically as they pertain to robotic integrated equipment.


Nonessential skills and preferred experience:


Reporting to this position: 

  • Lower level Manufacturing Engineers


Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S)

  • Understand the Company’s EHS Policy and how it relates to this job.
  • Be aware of OSHA & EPA laws and regulations as well as the Company’s Plant Rules and Regulations that pertain to this job.
  • Work in a safe and environmentally friendly manner and observe all company EHS procedures.
  • Immediately notify the Supervisor if there is any safety hazard, any equipment not operating correctly, or if there are any questions regarding EHS procedures.
  • Attend required EHS training


Physical demands and work environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is required frequently to work from ladders and scaffolds. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


  • Work environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and high voltages. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Engineering 
Section:  Lincoln Electric Automation, Inc (US76) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Country/Region:  US
State:  TN
City:  Chattanooga
Category:  Engineering

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

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