Lead Engineer - Rolling in Davenport, IA at Arconic

Date Posted: 10/20/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    P. O. Box 3567
    Davenport, IA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 5 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    10/20/2018

Job Description

At Arconic, our goal is to be the best company in the world! Arconic serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, and industrial markets. We bring design, engineering, production, and other capabilities of Arconic’s businesses as a single source solution for our customers. This position is within Arconic’s Global Rolled Products (GRP) Business Unit. GRP’s mission is to be the world’s leading aluminum producer with the widest variety of coil, sheet and plate products in the world. To achieve this goal, Davenport Works’ manufacturing processes need to be technologically sustainable, cost effective, able to grow and continually improve.
 
Since it opened in 1948, Arconic's Davenport, Iowa aluminum facility has been at the forefront of American manufacturing. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa, the plant employs 2,400 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry. Through continued modernization, including a $300 million investment over the past decade alone, Davenport has maintained its position as the world’s premier aerospace supply plant and is today the hub of Alcoa’s $3 billion aerospace business.
 
Rolling Engineers are responsible (both individually and in teams) for the engineering of multiple pieces of equipment and/or production centers within the Rolling Department. Arconic Engineers have the responsibility for coordinating and implementing Lean Manufacturing principles across material flow paths, and thus must gain a complete view and understanding of the manufacturing process to be successful. Engineering assignments focus in one or both of two principal areas: 1) Design, specification, procurement, installation and commissioning of new and revised equipment. 2) Engineering and process improvement support in assigned areas of the facility.
 
The principal purpose of the Lead Engineer is to provide engineering leadership to support the Rolling production department or area. The Lead Engineer-Rolling must coordinate and communicate between inter- and intra- departmental needs to provide the support necessary for successful engineering work.
 
Major Activities:
 
  • Serve as a working engineer in the plant
  • Directly supervise 2-6 engineers and provide leadership and mentorship in prioritizing work and career growth and development
  • Demonstrate flexibility to grow with the organization as it evolves to create more efficient, higher functioning teams and systems.
  • Support capital improvement and continuous improvement projects; responsible to develop project proposals, benefits, etc. to request funds for approval with upper management, and then also responsible for controlling project scope, costs, and meeting the project deliverables
  • Lead and/or support project safety reviews, safety inspections and other applicable safety programs
  • Incorporate key internal customers or affected parties from the beginning to the end of changes to the equipment, process, or procedure for operation or maintenance.
  • Manage external vendors and contractors who provide design, material, installation and other support functions
  • Oversee the activities of skilled craft persons involved in the implementation of engineered solutions and provide training as appropriate
  • Initiate and maintain an ongoing dialogue with installers and maintainers to identify issues, clarify requirements, and facilitate use of safe work practices
  • Provide technical assistance to maintenance, quality, and operations using lean manufacturing, EHS principles, root cause analysis, equipment reliability, and process management tools to maintain and improve process quality and efficiency
  • Connect with the Central Engineering team to coordinate and prioritize work according to business needs
  • Maintain an awareness of current engineering technology and appropriate application to Arconic’s process equipment
  • Recommend technical and procedural policy changes and enforce current company policy
  • Work primarily M-F, daytime shifts, yet is expected to work off-shifts as needed to support the functions of this role.


Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or other related Engineering discipline from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive responsibility of engineering work in a manufacturing environment, to include managing internal and external resources
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience maintaining equipment including problem solving and upgrading industrial equipment
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with project management, including funding proposal preparation, scheduling, specifying, procuring, installing, commissioning, tracking, reporting, and budget management
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a high performance, cross functional team environment
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Manufacturing experience in the metals or similar industry
  • 3 or more years of experience supervising technical direct reports
  • Experience with rolling mill equipment
  • Strong verbal and written communications and other business, technical and analytical skills to be a successful engineer
  • Experience with data analytics
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing, Root Cause Analysis and Reliability Excellence methodologies