Mueller Water Products

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Tooling Engineer

at Mueller Water Products

Posted: 12/13/2018
Job Reference #: 1819

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The Mueller Company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and manufactures valves for water and gas systems, including iron gate, butterfly, tapping, check, plug, and ball valves, as well as dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants; pipe repair products, such as clamps and couplings used to repair leaks, as well as municipal castings, including manhole covers and street drain grates; and residential and commercial water meter products and systems. It also offers metering, leak detection, pipe condition assessment, and other products and services for the water infrastructure industry, as well as provides installation, replacement, and maintenance services on new and existing valves, fire hydrants, and service lines.

Summary: The Tooling Engineer is responsible for developing new tooling methods, building innovative tools and revamping tooling standards to reduce production costs. It will also be researching new suppliers and tooling concepts and provide project scheduling to test new tools and processes. The role will be hands-on in the daily operation of the tool room departments responsible for defining and detailing all tooling, fixtures, and repair parts. The position will possess a full working knowledge of computer aided drafting whereby fully detailed process layouts can be documented and be committed to quick change over concepts and willing to place these parameters paramount when designing new jobs.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Provide estimates regarding cycle time and tooling requirements, machine specific data, and Print - Process Review input for new components.
  • Participate in the development of written justification to secure tooling and or equipment and tooling necessary to meet production requirements.
  • Complete fully detailed documentation for all new jobs to include machine specific data and tooling design.
  • Provide an ongoing process improvement initiative on existing processes to current standards of performance and product design changes.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive quick change set up initiative.
  • Define a comprehensive methodology of document control whereby all tooling prints are maintained according to accepted industry practices.
  • Actively participate in assigned projects to include design and procurement of tooling. Will work with vendors to get the best product at an acceptable price. Assure tooling methods incorporate safety and environmental management systems to ensure continuous improvement and specific measures to prevent pollution, protect health and safety and enhance the environment.
  • Maintain records on specific equipment, where required to include: date, repairs made, time required to make repairs and running totals on parts produced or hours used.
  • Supervise the day to day tool room functions and participate in a comprehensive stamping department training program to include operator training, setup training and operational philosophy training.
  • Evaluate machining processes by applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling and materials; conferring with vendors and soliciting observations from plant operators.
  • Study product requirements and develop machining processes through researching, designing, modifying, and testing machining methods and equipment and conferring with equipment manufacturers.
  • Improve machining efficiency through analyzing and planning work flow, space requirements and equipment layout.
  • Provide manufacturing decision making information through calculating production, labor and material costs, reviewing production schedules and estimating future requirements.
  • Perform CNC programming as required to change, improve or update machining processes and methods.
  • Support engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance by providing data and information and answering questions and providing solutions as requested.
  • Implement new systems and procedures as designed.
  • Capable to direct engineering changes, replacement parts, gauges and special tooling.
  • Provide Engineering expertise, direction and assistance as required in resolving tooling related problems.
  • Develops, proposes and implements tooling and equipment improvements to foster an environment of continuous improvement on the shop floor.
  • Keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services, following manufacturer’s instructions and established procedures and requesting special services as needed.
  • Develop and mentor staff and technicians and provide strong developmental support.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge through attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participation in related professional organizations.
  • Direct efforts to meet and/or exceed compliance with all regulatory bodies, organizations and government requirements in the performance of position duties.

Required Skills

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Outstanding PC/Systems knowledge and skills.
  • CNC experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of automation and robotic applications preferred.
  • Strong leadership, communications and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with all levels of employees, customers and outside professionals.
  • Knowledge dealing with complex manufacturing situations, hardware specifications, quality standards, product development, CAD/CAM and technical specifications.

Required Experience
  • Six to eight years’ experience in manufacturing environment involving high speed machining and foundry operations.
  • Experience with capital projects scope development, justification and management.

Job Location
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States