New Product Introduction (NPI) Project Engineer at Mueller Water Products

Posted in Other 9 days ago.

Location: Decatur, Illinois

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Develop, define, and lead implementation of manufacturing process for introduction of new product designs to support organizational strategic objectives. Additionally, this position will be responsible for designing and implementing methods for controlling manufacturing costs on equipment, analyzing data for reducing manufacturing costs, provide specialized engineering services to all department centers and assisting departments in accomplishment of cost reduction goals as directed by Engineering Management with respect to New Product Introduction.


  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials, conferring with vendors and soliciting observations from plant operators.

  • Study product requirements and develop manufacturing processes through researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment and conferring with equipment manufacturers.

  • Improve manufacturing efficiency through analyzing and planning workflow, space requirements and equipment layout.

  • Assure product and process quality by designing testing methods, then testing finished product and process capabilities and establishing standards to confirm the manufacturing process and results.

  • Provide manufacturing decision making information through calculating production, labor and material costs, reviewing production schedules and estimating future requirements.

  • Collect, analyze and summarize data, information and trends to prepare product and process reports. Maintain product and process data through identified computer programs.

  • Support engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance by providing data and information and answering questions and providing solutions as requested.

  • Implement new systems and procedures as designed.

  • Utilize and assist development of FMEA, DFMEA and DOE's to drive continuous improvement in the manufacturing and engineering processes.

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge through attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participation in related professional organizations.

  • Direct efforts to meet and/or exceed compliance with all regulatory bodies, organizations, and government requirements in the performance of position duties.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Six to eight years' experience in manufacturing environment.

  • Experience with capital projects scope development, justification, and management.

  • Strong working knowledge and experience in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma tools.

  • Outstanding PC/Systems knowledge and skills.

  • Strong leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with all levels of employees, customers, and outside professionals.

  • Knowledge dealing with complex manufacturing situations, hardware specifications, quality standards, product development, CAD/CAM and technical specifications.


  • High speed machining CNC experience

  • Foundry Operations

  • Knowledge of automation and robotic applications

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by law.
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