ME Model Change Engineer

Date: Feb 3, 2023

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Manufacturing Engineering

Model Change Engineer

Reports to:  Group Leader                                                                                                       Position Type: Full-time


Career Track:  Professional                                                                                                      Shift:  Administrative


Classification:   Manufacturing Engineer                                                                                 FLSA:  Exempt


The Model Change Engineer helps ensure that the Manufacturing Engineering department is conducting the planning, budgeting, and implementation of those activities necessary to prepare the facilities and processes to launch special new models on time. Special new models are those that are 5 years or longer until the SOP date, and/or involve new technologies that involve significant changes to the facilities, equipment, and processes. The incumbent is responsible for conducting internal business analysis, scope of work, and supporting the optimization of processes.


Essential Job Functions

The essential functions described below are intended to broadly define the expectations of the role.

1. Facilitates Manufacturing Engineering improvement plans to prepare production processes to achieve department & plant targets for special new models.

2. Participates in cross-functional teams to collect information from SBR and SIA sections to facilitate planning.

3. Initiate, evaluate, and create reports for all of Manufacturing Engineering for various events and reporting activities.

4. Evaluate new technologies and study feasibility of use for SIA manufacturing. 

5. Use broad understanding of SIA manufacturing processes to develop concepts and provide supporting documentation.

6. Facilitates development and control of project master schedules.

7. Use of various CAD software

8. Demonstrates development and control of project master schedules and budget management

9. Communicates effectively with all Associates, Leadership, vendors, etc.

10. All other duties as assigned.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Associate for this role.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years relevant experience or equivalent
    • Engineering, Engineering Technology or Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related field


Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications


Skills and Knowledge Required

• Self-motivated - high initiative
• Ability to manage projects from start to finish
• Ability to use data to drive activity, productivity, and cost
• Ability to work closely within a team setting


Work Environment

This role operates in a professional open office environment subject to frequent interruptions and distractions, particularly during heavy customer service periods (e.g., in-between production shifts). Required to work in an industrial manufacturing setting that will include moving and/or assembly lines. This role is occasionally required to utilize manufacturing equipment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. The role frequently collaborates with colleagues, internal customers/Associates, external contractors, and management.


Work Hours

This role generally works administrative hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday) and must be available for frequent evening telephone and conference calls. This role is subject to overtime to meet demands of production, which may include scheduled weekends, shutdowns, and daily overtime to meet department goals and deadlines. This role does not currently allow for remote work opportunities.



This role requires less than five percent international and domestic travel.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette