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Manufacturing Engineer-I Product and Process Development

Posted: 06/27/2022

Manufacturing Engineer-I Product and Process Development

 

The Manufacturing Engineer-I position is responsible for the performance and optimization of Life Floor’s product manufacturing processes and for leading key Engineering projects. This position supports new product development,  product performance enhancement, and drives operational excellence through the use of data-based analysis and project management processes. The Manufacturing Engineer-I ensures updated and proper documentation and operates under the appropriate control systems.  This position promotes  a culture of continuous improvement and cross-company collaboration. 

 

Our Company

Life Floor is a rapidly growing, Minnesota-based company delivering a leading-edge aquatic surfacing solution that people love. We believe that safety happens by design. That's why we created the first inclusive play surface for aquatics. Life Floor delivers industry-leading traction, comfort, and durability, with infinite design possibilities. All over the world, people trust Life Floor to make their outdoor and indoor aquatic environments look and feel extraordinary. We serve customers in major markets including waterparks, cruise lines, municipalities, hotels and resorts, aquatic centers. 

 

Life Floor is a shaped tile made from a proprietary EVA/PE blended, closed cell, cross-linked foam and is available in several shapes, sizes, thicknesses, and an array of amazing colors. Life Floor manufactures its product in partnership with Falcon Plastics in Madison, South Dakota and is one of only a few companies manufacturing this type of foam in the US. You can read all about Life Floor and it’s product portfolio at https://www.lifefloor.com/

 

Our Culture

Life Floor is a company that thrives because of its culture which is centered around our mission and our values. Our Mission is to make all aquatic surfaces beautiful and safe by incorporating industry leading safety and design which delivers beautiful, safe, and inclusive play surfaces. We deliver on this mission through a culture of core values  that we elevate and hold each other accountable to every day. If you exemplify these values, you will love being a part of our team.

  • Innovation: We are committed to radical innovation, which is driven by the needs of our customers and end users. If there is a new and better way to achieve our goals, we want to find it.

  • Integrity: We believe doing the right thing is always the best decision. If we believe we can do something, we do it. If we do not achieve our expected results, we do our best to make things right. 

  • Excellence: We are committed to excellence in all that we do. We are always open to suggestions and constructive feedback. If there is a way we can be great instead of just good, we want to know.

  • Positivity: We aspire to be fun and inviting. We do our best to maintain a positive attitude, and we assume positive motives, positive methods, and positive results.

 
  • Collaboration: Whether within our own team or with our partners, we make things better by working together. We strongly believe in the power of teamwork, and we ask for help when we need it. 

  • People: We exist to serve our customers, employees, investors, vendors, and end-users. We are committed to manufacturing and marketing a product that makes their lives better. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Improves Line Safety, Capability, and Optimization of Deployed Capital  

    • Manages safety and automation upgrade projects with the Manufacturing partner.

    • Conducts process/equipment reliability assessments and implements risk mitigation. 

    • Completes capability studies on current processes and reviews against current specifications and tolerances.

    • Implements data capture strategies to monitor and enhance process capabilities.

    • Assesses and recommends next-generation capital equipment and process enhancements.

    • Identifies and improves product consistency through the constant evaluation of current state of environmental, technological, or process capability implications.

 
  • Improves Life Floor economics and product quality through improved scrap rates, specific cost reduction projects, and improved processing efficiencies.  

    • Develops a cost-reduction roadmap and implements specific projects with defined deliverables.

    • Optimizes process layout and material flows to maximize machine utilization (OEE).

    • Minimizes the amount of product to the landfill through scrap reduction projects. 

    • Optimizes the material and workcenter efficiencies of the product mix as new SKUs are added. 

    • Assesses and improves manufacturing process capabilities by applying lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other data driven tools. 

 
  • New Product and Feature Development 

    • Leads non-formulary product and/or feature enhancement projects.

    • Works with Process Engineering to implement product characterization hardware and systems for data capture. 

    • Works with Process Engineering to fully characterize products and lock in specifications. 

    • Supports packaging engineering and and/or logistics requirements. 

    • Supports product testing for field performance including fall height.   

    • Works with Installation Services to define new onsite test/assessment  methods to determine remaining product life.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Values and culture fit

  • Minimum 5 years experience as a Manufacturing Engineer involved in product life cycle activities

  • Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering or related technical discipline

  • Solid knowledge of EVA, compression molding and foam converting processes is a plus

  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacturing of goods

  • Demonstrated product development including requirements verification, manufacturing validation, and performance validation; using project management tools

  • Demonstrated performance managing products in a manufacturing environment

  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

  • Knowledge and experience using statistical methods

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing

  • Experience with google office suite

  • Easily adaptable to many technological systems (messaging, cloud-sharing)

  • Willingness to jump in and get the work done while keeping a positive attitude.

  • Ability to travel approximately 20-30%

 

Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and environment 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.

  • This position is located in Madison, South Dakota.

  • Travel is expected at less than 10% of the time.

  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment including running and troubleshooting processes. .

  • General lab environment in which this position includes periods of computer work.

  • The ability to lift a 50 lbs box of tile is preferred.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please email Resume and Cover Letter to Pete.Carlson@lifefloor.com with the following:

  • Why you are interested in working at Life Floor and what you believe you will bring to the team.

  • The most relevant experience and skills you have for the responsibilities that are listed.

  • Previous examples of how you exemplified the Life Floor Core Values in a previous work place.

  • Resume