Facility Engineer-Manufacturing Engineer Paint

Date: May 11, 2023

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Facility Engineer

Manufacturing Engineering Paint Section 


Company Overview: 


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. or “SIA”, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is the only Subaru vehicle manufacturing facility outside of Japan. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot automotive OEM – meaning our manufacturing process begins with coils of steel and ends with the high-quality vehicles you see out on the roads. We employ 6500+ Associates, both production and administrative, all under one roof. SIA is the safest automotive manufacturing plant in the United States and is also a pillar in the community due to its numerous fundraising activities held onsite, donations to local charities and plentiful volunteer opportunities. SIA is a frontrunner in environmental conservation being the first Zero-Landfill automotive manufacturing plant and the first to have its campus designated a backyard wildlife habitat. SIA has grown tremendously since its 1989 beginnings and continues to be an example of success within the automotive industry.


Outline of duties: 


The Manufacturing Engineer develops and optimizes productions processes and equipment to achieve the safety, quality, output, and cost goals of the organization. Collects production data and applies engineering principles, scientific and statistical methods to analyze, document, and diagram production processes. A manufacturing engineer is responsible for identifying production problems and likewise identifying methods for resolution. They recommend and implement changes to equipment, work methods and other aspects of production to improve the utilization of all relevant resources.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Requests and verifies process or equipment countermeasures when needed.
  • Actively pursues new ways of analyzing and communicating data to improve quality.
  • Conduct business process audits to ensure that process indicators are being properly tracked and maintained when requested.
  • Drives Kaizen activity, applies statistical and other improvement tools.
  • Leads improvement plans to validate production processes to achieve department & plant targets for both new model and current production.
  • Creates and maintains punch lists.
  • Supports and/or leads assigned shop in root cause analysis of any safety, quality, cost, or delivery concerns.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to recommend and countermeasure plant-wide issues.
  • Meets with and manages vendor project activities.
  • Creates professional documents to record and track measurement results.
  • Leads and/or supports continuous improvement activities to improve process functionality.
  • Aids and supports Production, Production Engineering, Maintenance, Materials, and/or New Model Pilot Team in process validations as needed.
  • Use of various CAD software
  • Demonstrates development and control of project master schedules and budget management
  • Communicates effectively with all Associates, Leadership, vendors, etc.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Facility skillset

  • Electrical
    • Read and understand equipment electrical schematics and drawings
    • Modify existing electrical controls circuits and updating electrical drawings
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Human Machine Interface (HMI)
    • Ability to read and understand PLC logic
    • Ability to modify and create new PLC programs for equipment control
  • Mechanical Systems
    • Troubleshooting and modification of various mechanical systems
    • Modification of piping and control systems
    • Exposure to air, hydraulic, and water systems
    • Exposure to various automotive manufacturing systems such as conveyors, ovens, air houses, robotics
  • Capital project management
    • Developing details project specifications and instructions
    • Managing vendor activities during design, fabrication and installation with strong follow up skills to ensure project closure.
    • Strong schedule management skills
  • Overall
    • Strong analytical skills with the ability to gather and utilize data and propose solutions to complex issues


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Associates Degree plus 1 - 3 years relevant experience or 5 - 7 years relevant experience
    • Engineering Technology or Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related field


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or 7 -10 years relevant experience.
    • Engineering, Engineering Technology or Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related field


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette