Subaru Paint Shop Process Engineer

Date: Apr 30, 2021

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Subaru Paint Shop Engineer

Paint Section – Manufacturing Department

Direct Hire salaried role with Premium-Free benefits


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 fully-integrated 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.


Position Overview: The Paint 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 scientific and statistical methods to analyze, document, and diagram production processes. A Paint 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.  


Outline of duties:


  • Examine and analyze safety, quality, productivity, and cost data. Provide reports to Management and Production Group Leaders.
  • Maintains and provides bulk and indirect material reports to Management and Production Group Leaders.
  • Develops and analyzes statistical data to establish and control all aspects of the assigned processes.
  • Position is point for significant process optimization changes and cost saving opportunities.
  • Develop and implement Kaizens to achieve shop targets.
  • Review product changes to determine process and equipment changes required.
  • Investigate product quality changes as well as facility changes needed related to current/new model development.
  • Conduct Equipment Reviews and Buyoffs for new or modified equipment.
  • Process planning and modifications (current/new model development)
  • Coordinate Production, Maintenance, Engineering, and Contractor Meetings to determine and implement Kaizens related to assigned processes.
  • Coordinate safety training to include orientation training for Contractors.
  • Conduct Equipment Reviews and Buyoffs for new or modified equipment.
  • Review and interpret OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, or other applicable regulations.
  • Reviews EIS and other ISO documents to verify work instructions. Provide feedback to Management and Production Group Leaders as needed.
  • Packaging Sketch reviews for racks, totes, jigs, equipment.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Associate degree in Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related field.
  • 1 - 3 years relevant experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Teams and Share Point.
  • Ability to work and build relationships with all levels of the organization (Managers, Group Leaders, Engineers, Production Associates)
  • 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 with production.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years relevant experience.
  • Experience in an Automotive Manufacturing Environment
  • Previous capital budget and project management experience.



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


Nearest Major Market: Lafayette