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Industrial Engineer - Trainee

Date: Mar 8, 2023

Location: Muscle Shoals, AL, US, 35661

Company: North American Lighting

Job Summary

Applies the fundamental concepts and practices of Industrial Engineering to develop and implement production process design ― routings, operation rates, and work center layouts ― for automotive lighting manufacturing.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Performs work measurement and methods analysis using MOST to support process design, new production launch, and cost reduction activities
2. Maintains standard routings, operation rates, and work center details through the engineering change process
3. Ensures routing accuracy from initial input to the end of production, including all engineering changes and process improvement activities
4. Updates standard work charts as required by engineering changes and process improvements, and maintains the latest revision in document control through the engineering change process
5. Assists manufacturing and engineering in understanding methods and rates, as well as in identifying potential causes that lead to low productivity, low utilization of labor or equipment, and/or missed shipments
6. Performs stopwatch time studies, as required, to verify routing rates and workcenter capacity
7. Evaluates and investigates ergonomic issues, as required
8. Supports IMPACT activities (self-directed, cross-functional, team-based productivity improvement activity) and conducts IMPACT training, as required
9. Participates in TQIT, mini-improvement, supplier development, and training activities, as required
10. Performs project work as it relates to Industrial Engineering or systems improvement
11. Supports Manufacturing Engineering in the process design and development of new production:
a. Calculates line specifications
b. Performs work measurement, methods analysis, and ergonomic evaluation of labor
c. Identifies and communicates process improvements while supporting their implementation
d. Lays out assembly line
e. Balances assembly line operators and/or operations with ability to support kaizen activities
f. Develops standard work chart
g. Ensures new production meets process design and NAL production system requirements prior to start of production
h. Initiates and maintains routings
12. Support improvement projects within Molding/Coating areas using adapted IE tools and methods
13. Performs other duties as assigned


1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or a related discipline
2. 0 to 2 years of Industrial Engineering or related manufacturing experience
(Experience in a just-in-time or synchronous-flow manufacturing environment is preferred)
3. Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
a. Knowledge in labor standard setting techniques and cost analysis in manufacturing
b. Understanding of line and facility layout, assembly line balancing, and material flow in high volume, just-in-time production environment
(Certification in Basic Manual MOST is preferred)
c. Organizational, planning, and multi-tasking skills
d. Problem-solving and analytical skills
e. Computer skills – proficient in using basic business software packages (including MS Office)
(Knowledge of and/or experience with manufacturing database systems is preferred)
f. Written and verbal communications skills
g. Interpersonal skills — ability to work in a team environment, and to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority

At North American Lighting

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, genetic information, and veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Requisition ID: 11493

Location: Muscle Shoals Plant 

Nearest Major Market: Florence