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Sr. Manufacturing Engineer




Pontiac, IL

Job Description:

This role is responsible for the leadership and hands-on execution of different projects that embrace approaches to manufacturing process excellence in Interlake Mecalux’s Pontiac, IL plant.




  • Review all plant activities through physical presence on the plant floors, through SAP and Easy WMS, and through production schedules.  Provide technical expertise and support related to manufacturing and the supply chain to plant floor personnel and management.
  • Identify opportunities to improve manufacturing processes and plan the study of work problems or procedures including but not limited to machine maintenance issues, plant layout of equipment, materials or equipment used for production (e.g., steel, paint, forklifts, etc.), plant floor processes, and manpower issues.  Investigate and resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.  Recommend to management ideas for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
  • Oversee all CAPEX projects.  Lead the technical specification process, meeting with vendors, suppliers, and conferring with internal resources and management.  Follow through on all projects, from seeking authorization for requests to project completion, making sure CAPEX projects stay on time, are within budget, and minimalize disruption to normal plant/warehouse activities.
  • Maintain daily communication with management at corporate office to provide summaries of all operations in the Pontiac plant and provide metrics for performance and updates on all ongoing projects
  • Other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 8 years of experience in a similar position or otherwise related experience
  • Personality: Candidates must have integrity, be highly analytical, and have a strong desire to be deeply involved in the business.  Candidates must be organized and methodical in their work, with the ability to learn quickly and adapt easily to change.  Candidates must be able to persevere through difficult work challenges with the highest degree of dedication.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact and communicate effectively with personnel from all levels of the organization
  • Ability and willingness to work on-site at our Pontiac plant 100% of the time.  Hybrid/remote not available for this position.
  • Ability to work in hot and cold conditions.  Presence on the plant floor at least 50% of day is required.  Plant is not climate controlled.
  • Spanish language fluency is highly valued.

Interlake Mecalux offers:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Become part of an industry leading dynamic team with a high focus on delivering results and continuous improvement
  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match; 100% vested immediately upon contributing and no waiting period to start participating
  • Paid Holidays and Paid Time Off with the option to cash out unused PTO every year
  • Possibility for telework days, depending on position, with flexible make-up time for exempt employees
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance plans, along with dental and vision benefits.
  • Opportunities for career development and advancement; specialize in specific areas or gain new skills in different departments.


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