Production Engineering Lead


Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Joining the Stellar team means you can take ownership of your future. We are a people-focused company that values our employees and offers all the benefits of being a market leader. As an employee owner on our team, you will have opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as the chance to contribute to our ongoing success & rapid growth.


Stellar was founded in 1990 in Garner, Iowa, and has since expanded operations to multiple U.S. locations. Stellar is a 100% employee-owned and operated manufacturer of high-quality work trucks and trailers, as well as service truck and van accessories. Through an innovative, growing product line and an expanding distribution network, Stellar has gained an international presence and become the No. 1 productivity choice in many markets.


Our commitment to building the best equipment requires the best people. If you are passionate about creating quality products in a positive, friendly teamwork atmosphere, we want to hear from you! Apply today and take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career with Stellar Industries.


As the Production Engineering Lead, you will be responsible for developing and implementing optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards.  You will lead a team of production engineers and technicians, providing guidance, support, and technical expertise to achieve production targets and objectives. You will recommend and implement improvements to production processes, methods, and controls. As well as coordinating manufacturing launch for new or revised products.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Analyze, design, and implement manufacturing concepts and cells using effective systems, lean principles, and simulation tools to optimize; use of space, equipment, material usage, process flow and personnel standard work (reduce motion and waste).
  • Support all production operations in improvements to reduce throughput time and improve quality.
  • Support all current and new product introductions as it relates to the manufacturing process.
  • Assign labor and work center standards to new products and parts and evaluate the same with standard product and parts.
  • Ensure that all ECN’s (engineering change notices) are processed on time for new and revised products and parts.
  • Ensure all manufacturing safety regulatory policies and procedures are implemented and always maintained.
  • Stay informed of new manufacturing technologies and equipment to support and improve the manufacturability of quality products in a cost-effective manner.
  • Lead or assist with cost reduction efforts through re-engineering of the product, material, and the process.
  • Assist in developing plant layout in planning rearrangement of facilities, equipment, and operations for better utilization of space and workflows.
  • Work closely with production, design engineering, research and development, quality assurance, safety, and maintenance personnel to assess and prevent manufacturing problems related to processes, equipment, and fixtures/jigs.
  • Determine root causes of poor manufacturing process performance and work to diminish occurrences.
  • Assist in the assessment of vendor/subcontractor evaluation to ensure the manufacturing processes are in accordance with Stellar specifications and quality standards.
  • Initiate and promote a culture of continuous improvement, especially as it relates to cost, quality, safety, including the personal development of direct reports.
  • Review, report, and make recommendations on equipment requirements and purchases.
  • Responsible for the development of engineering instructions using manufacturing engineering practices.
  • Prepare quotations for labor, tooling, and equipment to support the business unit requirements.
  • Participate in concurrent engineering design reviews.
  • Evaluate and approve drawings, routings, specs, and other documents.
  • Provide leadership and training to accomplish company goals and objectives.
  • Complete team member reviews, and provide coaching as needed.
  • Mange team members time off and time approvals.
  • Prioritize team members activities and ensure teams is working efficiently, including meeting expected completion dates.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


General Competencies Required:

  • Leadership and coaching skills.
  • Capital improvement.
  • Computer proficiency.

Preferred Experience:

  • Proven Leadership skills.
  • Effective team management
  • MRP Systems experience preferred.
  • Process Improvement.
  • Problem Resolution.
  • Project Management.

Skills Required:

  • Computer Proficient with the ability to work fluently with Microsoft 365 Suite.
  • Knowledge of statistics is required with general numeracy, coupled with good interpersonal skills. 

Education and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering or related field is preferred.
  • Planning: an ability to think ahead and plan over a 3–18-month time span.
  • Experience in manufacturing engineering or a commensurate level of experience with related products. Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have knowledge of computers, machining and assembly practices, tools and fixturing.
  • Ability to communicate verbally, in writing and make presentations.
  • Ability to work with vendors, customers, and employees. 

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the job duties, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • The employee frequently is required to talk and hear, and frequently required to reach, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • Occasional lifting of items not to exceed 50 lbs.
  • Employee will be required to work indoors in a shop environment and outside in all weather conditions.
  • May be required to use safety glasses while performing specific tasks or while in manufacturing areas.

Additional Requirements:

  • Company sponsored continuing education may be required.
  • Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Posted on: 2024-05-16 10:23 PM

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