SMT Process Engineer

Boise Metro Area 03/12/2020
Purpose Statement: The Process Engineer provides real-time expertise on assigned manufacturing processes. They optimize manufacturing processes to maximize efficiency and quality. They strive to control the variability within manufacturing processes.

This position will be focused on SMT and related processes, including screen print, pick and place, and reflow, as well as all associated equipment, materials, and tooling.

Key Job Accountabilities:

•Continuous Improvement: Conduct continuous improvement efforts at the process level to reduce defects, improve yields, and improve productivity in order to deliver customer excellence and achieve Plexus’ enduring goals. Conduct analysis of process metric data to assess efficiency and effectiveness. Support efforts to identify root causes of failures and sub-standard performance, and improve efficiency. Support development of short- and long-term action plans to remedy root causes and improve efficiency. Support determination and execution of process-related short- and long-term action plans for CAPA. Lead implementation of User Group standards across the site and support User Group projects on specific processes as required.

•Training: Lead the training and mentoring of manufacturing, product, and quality teams on equipment, processes, and non-BOM material control. Identify technical training requirements for assigned processes. Collaborate with higher-level functional managers to ensure training is developed, maintained, and implemented effectively and timely at assigned processes. Drive site-level execution of technical training to ensure required levels of proficiency.

•Manufacturing Readiness: Ensure effective employment and integration of assigned manufacturing processes. Develop and drive implementation of standard practices and tools. Lead new machine set-up and process set-up to ensure effective, efficient manufacturing operations to meet customer needs and achieve site goals. Lead the definition of the manufacturing process equipment calibration and preventative maintenance programs. Lead the development, execution, and maintenance of the Process FMEA and Control Plans. Support Product Engineering during the PPQP process regarding defining the route, process-related ABI's, and tooling design. Manage site technology transfer to support customer requirements. Support customer specific capital equipment justifications.

•Manufacturing Operations: Support on-going production activities to ensure we continue to meet customer needs and achieve Plexus’ goals. Provide routine technical support and expertise to manufacturing personnel. Answer technical questions and provide clarification regarding assigned processes and equipment. Lead equipment hardware and software upgrades as needed. Manage equipment and non-BOM material vendors for issues related to quality, support, and performance gaps. Manage process compliance to industry standards, Plexus SOP's, and Work Instructions. Support Product and Quality teams during process-related customer inquiries and escalations.

•Technology Direction: Identify gaps in current capabilities and support evaluation of potential solutions to fill needs. Lead development and maintenance of the Site Process Capability Matrix relative to site technology roadmap. Lead equipment and process development initiatives to close Plexus site technology gaps. Identify capability shortfalls for inclusion on the technology roadmap; incorporate voice of the customer into the technology roadmap. Support global evaluation of equipment and materials. Manage equipment obsolescence and end of service support. Support capital forecasting for equipment and material upgrade or obsolescence.

Additional Accountabilities:

•Lead all equipment and software-related Acceptance/Validation/Qualification actions, as required. Support Product Engineer during Performance Qualifications (PQ). •Lead the Site User Group. •Lead evaluation, process development, and acceptance of customer-specific process equipment. Drive migration to Plexus-standard equipment, materiel and processes. •Lead the inventory of Plexus and customer owned equipment and spare parts. •Lead identification and qualification of external service suppliers (coating, tinning, rework, etc.). •Other duties as assigned by management. •Minimal travel may be required to meet the needs of the business (estimated 10%). •Additional duties as assigned.

Education/Experience Qualifications:

•A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required; a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is preferred. •Three (3) years of related experience is required; Five (5) or more years of related experience is preferred. •One (1) year of SMT experience is required; Three (3) or more years of SMT experience is preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the key job accountabilities may be considered.

Other Qualifications:

•Ability to work well in fast-paced manufacturing environment.

•Strong ability to identify and solve problems proactively using structured problem solving tools, including making timely and effective decisions.

•Apply systemic data analysis and problem solving to address a full range of technical and organizational problems with creativity, imagination, confidence and responsibility.

•Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze, interpret, validate, and communicate data to key stakeholders.

•Ability to seek out best practices and apply them within their assigned area.

•Ability to apply knowledge, logic and reasoning using mathematics, statistics, science, and engineering applications.

•Ability to design a system or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, efficiency, repeatability, environmental, health and safety. Includes documentation and controls to ensure long term sustainability.

•Ability to become a Subject Matter Expert for an assigned system or process.

•Ability to coach and mentor technicians and other support staff within assigned areas of expertise.

•Ability to operate effectively in a cross-functional team environment.

•Ability to effectively lead projects involving cross-functional team members.

•Ability to learn and utilize a variety of computer programs such as CAD, Visio, Solidworks, and other applicable Plexus programs.

•Strong attention to detail, time management skills, and organizational skills.

•Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively interact with others. Must have strong presentation skills and the ability to represent Plexus Corporation in a professional manner.

•Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all customer and company information.

•General office equipment and materials. Some offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a drug screen and upon completion of a confidentiality agreement.

Our Values and How We Lead behaviors guide our processes. Plexus does not make employment decisions based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and encourage all to apply today!

Globally, our policy is to recruit people from wide and diverse backgrounds. However, our company does not typically undertake sponsorship, including for H-1B, TN, and other nonimmigrant visas. Additionally, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.” “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.