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Lead Engineer - Manufacturing

Company: Arconic
Location: Davenport
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Arconic is currently in search of a Lead Engineer-Ingot Department to join our team in Davenport, IA.

Arconic is the world's leading producer of fabricated aluminum products and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Arconic serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production, and other capabilities of Arconic's businesses as a single solution to customers.

Since it opened in 1948, Arconic's Davenport, Iowa aluminum plant has been at the forefront of American manufacturing. Built on the bank of the Mississippi River, the plant employs over 2,400 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry, with a significant percent of revenues coming from exports. Through continued modernization, including over $600 million investment over the past decade alone, Davenport has maintained its position as a premier aerospace and automotive supply plant, and is today an important hub of Arconic's business.

Ingot Engineers are responsible (both individually and in teams) for the engineering of multiple pieces of equipment and/or production centers within the Ingot Department. Arconic Engineers have the responsibility for coordinating and implementing Lean Manufacturing principles across material flow paths, and thus must gain a complete view and understanding of the manufacturing process to be successful. Engineering assignments focus in one or both of two principal areas: 1) Design, specification, procurement, installation, and commissioning of new and revised equipment. 2) Engineering and process improvement support in assigned areas of the facility.

The principal purpose of the Lead Engineer is to provide engineering leadership to support the Ingot production department or area. The Lead Engineer-Ingot must coordinate and communicate between inter- and intra- departmental needs to provide the support necessary for successful engineering work.

Major Activities

  • Serve as a working engineer in the plant
  • Directly supervise 2-6 engineers and provide leadership and mentorship in prioritizing work and career growth and development
  • Demonstrate flexibility to grow with the organization as it evolves to create more efficient, higher functioning teams and systems.
  • Support capital improvement and continuous improvement projects; responsible to develop project proposals, benefits, etc. to request funds for approval with upper management, and then also responsible for controlling project scope, costs, and meeting the project deliverables
  • Lead and/or support project safety reviews, safety inspections and other applicable safety programs
  • Incorporate key internal customers or affected parties from the beginning to the end of changes to the equipment, process, or procedure for operation or maintenance.
  • Manage external vendors and contractors who provide design, material, installation, and other support functions
  • Oversee the activities of skilled craft persons involved in the implementation of engineered solutions and provide training as appropriate
  • Initiate and maintain an ongoing dialogue with installers and maintainers to identify issues, clarify requirements, and facilitate use of safe work practices
  • Provide technical assistance to maintenance, quality, and operations using lean manufacturing, EHS principles, root cause analysis, equipment reliability, and process management tools to maintain and improve process quality and efficiency
  • Connect with the Central Engineering team to coordinate and prioritize work according to business needs
  • Maintain an awareness of current engineering technology and appropriate application to Arconic's process equipment
  • Recommend technical and procedural policy changes and enforce current company policy
  • Work primarily M-F, daytime shifts, yet is expected to work off-shifts as needed to support the functions of this role.
    Basic Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or other related Engineering discipline from an accredited institution
    • Minimum of 5 years of progressive responsibility of engineering work in a manufacturing environment, to include managing internal and external resources
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience maintaining equipment including problem solving and upgrading industrial equipment
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience with project management, including funding proposal preparation, scheduling, specifying, procuring, installing, commissioning, tracking, reporting, and budget management
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a high performance, cross functional team environment
    • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
    • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee
      Preferred Qualifications
      • Manufacturing experience in the metals or similar industry
      • 3 or more years of experience supervising technical direct reports
      • Experience with Ingot processing equipment
      • Combustion systems experience a plus
      • Strong verbal and written communications and other business, technical and analytical skills to be a successful engineer
      • Experience with data analytics
      • Experience with Lean Manufacturing, Root Cause Analysis and Reliability Excellence methodologies
        ABOUT Davenport Works

        Davenport Works is the country's largest aluminum rolling mill, it was opened in 1948 and currently employs more than 2,000 people and ships product worldwide. It is in Riverdale in the Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf in southeastern Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline in northwestern Illinois). The Quad Cities is 3 hours south-west of Chicago, 4 hours north of St. Louis, and less than 3 hours from Des Moines. The Quad Cities is home to St. Ambrose University among 8 educational institutes. Major outdoor summer music festivals include the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and River Roots Live.

        About Arconic

        Arconic Corporation (NYSE: ARNC), a Fortune 500 company, is a leading provider of aluminum sheet, plate and extrusions, as well as innovative architectural products, that advance the automotive, aerospace, commercial transportation, industrial and building and construction markets. Building on more than a century of innovation, Arconic helps to transform the way we fly, drive, and build. We are proud that 77% of our employees are happy working for Arconic and would recommend it as a great place to work and that 80% of our employees would recommend their managers to others.

        We live our core values and commit to delivering sustainable value to our customers, our employees, our communities and our shareholders.

        At Arconic, We

        Act With Integrity.

        We lead with respect, honesty, transparency and accountability.

        Safeguard our Future.

        We protect and improve the health and safety of our employees, communities and environment.

        Grow Stronger Together.

        We cultivate an inclusive and diverse culture that advocates for equity.

        Earn Customer Loyalty.

        We build customer partnerships through best-in-class products and service.

        Drive Operational Excellence.

        We pursue continuous improvement through innovation, agility, people development and collaboration.

        Create Value.

        We achieve success by generating and growing value for our shareholders.

        Arconic reaffirms its policy to provide equal employment opportunity in recruiting, hiring, upgrading and promotion, conditions and privileges of employment, company-sponsored training, access to facilities, educational assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, layoffs, recalls or termination of employment to all employees without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, genetic information, sex or age (within statutory limits). Arconic is in compliance with all relevant Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Laws and Regulations.

        Primary Location

        United States-IA-Davenport

        Work Locations

        US DAV Davenport, Iowa




        00202-06200 MILP MfgIngot


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        Job Posting

        Jul 18, 2022, 3:55:48 PM

        Minimum Years Of Experience


        This position requires access to export controlled items or information related to ATC, CDL, DAV, LAF, or MAS.


        Arconic affirms it's policy to operate without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, genetic information, sex or age.

Keywords: Arconic, Davenport , Lead Engineer - Manufacturing, Engineering , Davenport, Iowa

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