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Manufacturing Engineer  

About the Organization It is the mission of GSS to be a world class supplier of superior steering products in markets where we elect to compete. It is the focus of GSS to continue with both customer and product diversification with growth initiatives in the global markets where safety critical steering is required.

Over the past forty years, Global Steering Systems has evolved from a division of a high precision bearing company to a stand-alone, privately-held company with operations around the world. At GSS, our focus is on continuous improvement of products, processes and employees for the benefit of all GSS stakeholders. GSS provides solutions for the most demanding steering applications.

With extensive years of technical capability in the area of steering development and engineering, GSS is superior by far in the capability to deliver customer service, technical support and high quality products. With an expanding global footprint, GSS has a physical presence in a multitude of geographic regions in order to expedite the delivery of services and solutions to the automotive markets around the world.  

This position will be working under minimal supervision. This position is responsible to: manage projects ranging from daily process improvements to evaluation, financial justification, procurement and implementation of capital equipment purchases. The position will also be responsible for providing hands on engineering support to the manufacturing floor and facility by improving equipment and keeping the existing equipment operational. This individual will work with Operators, Supervisors and other support personnel to increase productivity, capacity, improve safety, quality, and increase equipment reliability and uptime.


  • Provides direct support to facilities, manufacturing equipment, production processes, maintenance and safety; provides production support 50% of time.
  • Designs, develops, tests, sources, cost justifies, and installs various tools, modifications, fixturing, machinery and equipment for production to increase safety, throughput, quality, capacity, and reliability. Manage the completion of those projects from conception through evaluation, justification, purchase, and implementation.
  • Works with, schedules, manages, and supervises outside contractors, (electrical, mechanical, PLC programming, construction, plumbing, HVAC, building, etc…), to resolve material and/or equipment problems and to research & implement upgrades, new tools and operating procedures.
  • Works with Operators, Supervisors, Maintenance and QA department to improve processes and troubleshoot equipment repair, and maintenance.
  • Completes design and development projects by training and guiding GSS Setters & Operators.
  • Champion continuous improvement projects to enhance safety, yield, consistency, quality, performance, reliability, equipment capacity and processes.
  • Create and execute project plans and work with all levels of the organization to meet Project timing and budget.
  • Work closely with Applications Engineers to ensure manufacturability and cost effectiveness of new product designs.
  • Provide well-defined process prints and PFMEA documentation while meeting TS16949 APQP requirements.
  • Ensure all projects are launched with TPS principles, (Lean Mfg.), and strive to manufacture products one at a time, on demand, defect free at lowest cost. Support new programs and cost improvement projects up to one year after launch to achieve 95% operational availability, less than 1% scrap and zero customer issues.
  • Develop and implement OEE Action Plans
  • Eliminate roadblocks such as capacity increase and demand variation to meet demand
  • Train and certify Machine Setters on preventative maintenance and documentation
  • Model cooperation and teamwork
  • Responsible for accuracy of equipment and tooling
  • Participate in problem solving/cross functional teams
  • Create, Review and approve WPI's
  • Investigate, record and prepare safety incident reports, and reinforce safety behaviors
  • Ensure a safe working environment
  • Understand what tooling is being consumed and react to abnormalities
  • Ensures manufacturing practices are current, consistent and compliant with GSS Policies and Procedures, all external state/federal regulations and customer requirements

The above are principle responsibilities and do not identify all duties inherent in the job.

Position Requirements

Experience and Education Requirements

  • BS in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering or equivalentsc and seven years engineering experience with at least five years in Manufacturing Engineering

Competencies – Knowledge, skills and characteristics/behaviors

  • Knowledge of proven manufacturing processes, such as, machining, secondary operations, broaching, piercing, & precision assembly, etc…
  • Problem Solving Skills using proven techniques, (ie. Shainen Problem Solving Techniques, DOE, Six Sigma, 8 Discipline Problem Solving, etc...)
  • Must have demonstrated project management experience involving large projects, new product introductions and/or capital equipment purchases.
  • Organizational Skills & project management skills with the ability to prioritize and self initiative necessary.
  • Skills in, cost analysis, PFMEA, technical writing, blueprint reading, statistical analysis, and process control.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tool design, gage design, and fixture design.
  • Computer skills: demonstrated knowledge of excel, access, & CAD
  • Working knowledge of plant/facilities engineering, electronics, pneumatics, engineering controls, engineering standards, cost estimating, product and process rationalization, focused factories, incentive systems, time standards and work sampling.
  • Demonstrated understanding of process capabilities, materials and requirements as well as the business awareness to bring a project from quoting stage through to production.
  • Broad-base knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, including 5s, Kaizen, Kanban, Poke-a-Yoke, Process Mapping & Value Stream Mapping, other tools & Techniques
  • Track record of success with continuous improvement projects.
  • ISO or TS16949 experience is a strong plus.
  • Willingness/ability to travel as necessary.

Additional Notes

  • Position requires the ability to life, bend, good hand dexterity, visual inspection and some manual handling not to exceed 35 pounds.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Manufacturing Engineer  
Hiring Manager(s) Heather Waddell  
Location HQ  
EOE Statement We understand a diverse workforce is a creative and productive workforce, helping satisfy the changing and diverse needs of our community, our business partners, and our associates.

Our company supports Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and we will not deny opportunities or benefits in regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, past or current mental or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, civil union status, or any other legally protected status.  

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