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Manufacturing Engineer 

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Manufacturing Engineer


Dexter, the premier supplier and manufacturer of axles, doors, venting products and related components in the utility trailer, boat trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty and manufactured housing markets, has an opportunity for a Manufacturing Engineer at our multi-plant manufacturing facility located in Albion, Indiana.


Dexter has been a leading manufacturer of trailer axles, brakes and actuation, along with entrance door and venting products for over 50 years serving the utility trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty, manufactured housing, agricultural, marine, and specialty markets. Dexter is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana employing over 2,800 people and operating 18 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada (Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Utah, Ontario, and Alberta). Dexter has achieved its many years of success through a commitment to the principles of superior quality, continuous improvement, and unparalleled customer service. Dexter is a wholly owned subsidiary of DexKo Global, Inc.

For more information about our company, access Dexter's web site at (url removed).


Dexter offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Dexter’s benefits package includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Plan with company contributions.


Position Summary:

The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for cost estimating, design for manufacturability, process control, process improvements, and tool design for the multi-plant manufacturing campus. 



Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Participating in design reviews to establish standard and custom product designs that optimize manufacturability. 

Reviewing and approving Engineering layouts and drawings for optimum manufacturability, cost, tooling, make/buy decision, and product structure. 

Developing and communicating a "manufacturing plan" for new designs or processes to production departments. 

Generating new or revised process specifications to support manufacturing. 

Identifying, designing, and procuring required tooling and fixtures, including the control of tooling expenditures within established limits. 

Supporting production operations during the manufacturing process through technical guidance and resolution of any problems or errors. 

Developing facility layouts and process flow charts that reflect current operations and processes. 

Analyzing work samples and creating routings to develop standards for labor utilization. 

Evaluating methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities such as restructuring of job duties, reorganizing work flow, relocating work stations and equipment, and purchase of equipment. 

Initiating and participating in departmental or company strategic programs. This includes cycle time, quality and cost improvement programs generated through continuous process improvement. 

Providing maintenance engineering for machine tools and process facilities. 

Designing and specifying lifting equipment for heavy product lifts, inspect lifting equipment, and specify lifting procedures. 

Assisting the Materials Department with capacity evaluations, vendor evaluation and assistance, and make/buy decisions. 

Jointly participating with the Engineering Department to resolve all engineering and design related problems as well as providing manufacturing inputs required for cost-effective designs. 

Aiding the Quality Department in assisting with audits, field service, inspection and any quality issues associated with manufacturing. 

Generating cost estimates to support the Sales department. 

Interfacing with vendors, customers, federal, state and local representatives when required. 

Occasional overnight and international travel will be required. 




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Requires Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, or a comparable discipline and at least 3 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Knowledge of continuous improvement programs. 

Computer Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Knowledge of design software, such as Catia, and MRP software, such as SAP, is desired.

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. 

Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis. 

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 

Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Shares Dexter Values and prioritizes safety, compliance and respect for the individual.

Must possess strong team, leadership, and interpersonal skills and be able to work with senior executives as well as hourly employees.

Must possess a sense of urgency and ability to meet deadlines.

Must possess expert knowledge of product launch management systems, material handling systems and the ability to teach them across all levels.