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Continuous Improvement Technician - 1st Shift

Middlesex, North Carolina
Operational Excellence


Job Description

Eaton’s Hydraulics Fluid Conveyance Division is seeking a Continuous Improvement Technician on 1st Shift. This position will be located in Middlesex, NC.
The Continuous Improvement Technician is responsible for practical application of the basic Lean tools and assisting/leading Kaizen events throughout the manufacturing and administrative areas of the plant.
The Continuous Improvement Technician will assist plant leaders to ensure plant level Continuous Improvement programs, policies, procedures and systems are developed, implemented and sustained. This includes scheduling Kaizen events to drive improvements in the front-office and shop processes that will impact employee safety, productivity, product delivery performance, and cost.
The CI Technician must embrace change and take a lead role in designing and supporting processes that facilitate transitions to a larger audience. The CI Technician is expected to effectively communicate and coordinate activities and information across functions in support of plant, functional, and departmental goals.
Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.
  • You will learn, understand, and apply Eaton Lean System concepts and techniques
  • You will actively support (lead meetings, record and document processes, coordinate actions and follow up) the implementation of all lean manufacturing elements, including but not limited to: Value Stream Mapping, Standardized Work, Set-up Reduction, Error Proofing, Pull Systems, Continuous Flow Manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, and Operation Showcase (5-S).
  • You will collect data and update various reports and trackers in excel and databases and perform basic data analysis
  • You will provide technical support in the facilitation of kaizen events
  • You will act to implement improvements – this may include floor marking, labeling, building racks, relocating parts, sorting, straightening, shining, painting, and lifting.
  • You will provide support to the Total Preventative Maintenance program – this may include maintaining and repairing production and support equipment.
  • You will assist in Implementing visual markings on flow of 5-S, FIFO lanes etc., provide tool organization, fabricate shadow boards, tool organizers, and facilitate 5-S events
  • You will participate in audits to ensure sustainment of deployed Lean programs
  • You ill assist in designing and developing work instructions, Standard Operating Procedures for performance based on-the-job training
  • You ill train individuals on the fundamentals of lean manufacturing and build capability in others by teaching and coaching
  • You will evaluate and measure training results to ensure timeliness, relevance, and ongoing application to the job.
  • You will provide regular and effective communication with stakeholders of status of improvement activities.
  • You will support in maintaining an atmosphere of continuous improvement and team efforts for accomplishing departmental and plant goals
  • You will be a change management champion for teams
  • You will perform procedures necessary to ensure compliance with the Eaton Safety Process and ensure the personal safety of the incumbent including eye safety, hearing conservation, machine safety guards, ergonomic movement, lock out/tag out, MSDS procedures, and OHSA regulations
  • You will achieve standards as communicated by supervisor
When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


Required (Basic) Qualifications
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • No relocation provided. Candidates must reside within 50 miles of Middlesex, NC  to be considered.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
  • Minimum one (1) year of manufacturing experience in a continuous improvement position OR completed associates degree
Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree or in the process of pursuing such degree
  • 5 years’ experience working in a continuous improvement position within a manufacturing environment
  • Participate in and demonstration of understanding of other programs, such as MESH, 5S, Eaton Safety Process (ESP), etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership competencies including demonstrating ability to facilitate and lead teams in such activities as problem solving, 8D analyses, brainstorming sessions, group discussions, etc.
  • Certifications focused on LEAN, Continuous Improvement and/or EHS
  • Knowledge of leading Kaizen events
  • Knowledge of production equipment operation and maintenance
  • Forklift driver certification
  • Ability to tolerate an ambiguous environment.
Position Success Criteria
  • Demonstrated solid written and verbal communications, problem solving, and customer relations skills
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively with minimal supervision in a high involvement, team oriented work atmosphere, effectively supporting the work activities of employment such as are supervisor, engineer, quality control, peers, and customers
  • Demonstrated ability to read, understand, interpret, and effectively apply information contained and all applicable documents such as operating instructions, engineering drawings, specifications, design standards, dimensional sheets, and/or blueprints
  • Process computer data management skills (able to create spreadsheets and enter data accurately), ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office products

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Operational Excellence

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: HYD FCV Fluid Conveyance Division

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 055162