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Lean Manufacturing Engineer

Lincoln, Illinois
Operational Excellence


Job Description

Eaton’s Electrical division is currently seeking a Lean Manufacturing Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Lincoln, IL facility.


The facility in Lincoln manufactures electrical distribution devices which have residential and light commercial applications. The primary manufacturing processes at the location includes metal fabrication, powder coating paint and product assembly. 


Reporting to the plant Operations Excellence Manager, the Lean Manufacturing Engineer will lead initiatives to drive Lincoln's continuous improvement and cost reduction programs. This includes scheduling and leading kaizen events to drive improvements in productivity. 


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.


When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


In this role you will:

  • Implement process improvements which reduce labor by simplifying tasks (process automation) or speeds the process (increases the number of products produced in a set time frame). Ensure that the safety of all employees is maintained during process changes.
  • Reduce product cost by improving on the product design.
  • Reduce product cost by reducing material used or type of material used in the product design.
  • Develop methods to reduce overall plant costs, meet profit plan targets, improve inventory control, quality improvement methods, etc., using lean tools and Six Sigma processes.
  • Introduce methods of flexible manufacturing to meet JIT ideals—decrease the amount of lost time due to set-up/changeover, flexible tooling, etc.  Initiate a safety review whenever a process and/or equipment change takes place.
  • Member of the Value Stream Teams, recommending and leading actions to achieve the business case.  
  • Specify, investigate, justify, and purchase capital equipment to accomplish primary function.
  • Order or specify tooling and equipment.
  • Improve quality of product and equipment through use of 8D, FMEA and other root cause analysis.
  • Pursue safety improvements and adhere to all safety and EHS requirements.
  • Aid in the training of manufacturing personnel.
  • Perform special projects at direction of immediate supervisor.
  • Manage/lead projects in the plant to achieve profit plan targets. This includes identification and coordination of internal and external resources, development of plan and implementation per the project timeline and objectives.

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.



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Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a manufacturing or operations environment
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship


Preferred Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of sheet metal process, automated assembly, PLC or computer control devices, tooling, packaging, product design and manufacturing procedures and methods.
  • Experience working with ISO 14001 (EMS)
  • Knowledge of electrical principles
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Six Sigma Certification

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 – Canada
Organization: EPG RWDD Residential Wiring Devices Div

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 061451