Process Engineer

We have an immediate opportunity for a Process Engineer at our Freeport, IL location. The Process Engineer reviews and develops methods and processes (relating to the manufacture of hydrostatic transmission hardware or relating to the assembly and test of hydrostatic transmissions and relating hardware) in accordance with sound and accepted manufacturing and/or engineering principals, current state-of- the-art technology, directives and controls. Accountable for justification and cost control of special capital expenditures; related projects consist of engineering approval of concepts regarding special machinery, tooling and facilities to support the company?s objectives in a cost-effective manner OR engineering design approval or special assembly machinery, tooling and test stands required to support the division objectives in a cost-effective manner.

  • Analyzes and interprets manufacturing related data and assists shop personnel in solving tooling and/or process method problems relating to machinery, or to assembly and test equipment tooling and/or process methods.

  • Develops processes and initiates tool designs as required to support cost-effective quality manufacture of hardware; OR develops process equipment designs and provides specifications for assembly and test equipment.

  • Approves completed tooling drawings for concept of design, workability and cost parameters.

  • Analyzes and reviews current manufacturing or assembly and test methods, equipment and engineering design to improve process and affect cost reduction savings.

  • Performs liaison by providing technical information to purchasing on matters dealing with procurement of special materials, methods, specification or available sources.

  • Prepares or guides the preparation of tooling or special machine designs and initiates the authorization for capital expenditure for required equipment.

  • Understands and proactively utilizes manufacturing hard tools such as: Design for Manufacturability (DFM), 8D problem solving, Lean Manufacturing concepts, Design for Assembly (DFA), Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) One-piece flow/Cellular Manufacturing, Visual Inventory Control (VIC), Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), Total Productive Environment (TPE), Poka-Yokes (Mistake Proofing), CNC/NC programming

  • Demonstrates computer skills in the following areas: CAD/CAM - preferably Gibbs Cam, NX or AutoCad, PLC programming, System 10 programming, Word processing, spreadsheet, and database knowledge, Simulation software, BASIC programming language

  • Implements tool designs as required to support new products or process improvements.

  • Keeps abreast of and utilizes most current technology where appropriate.

  • Performs all functions required for project management from initiation through completion.

  • Defines and inputs Product Routings for new product configurations.

  • Demonstrates a strong problem-solving ability.

  • Understands and utilizes electronic solutions where appropriate (Light Curtains, PLC?s, Electronic Eyes, etc.).

  • Strong communication skills (from plant floor personnel through company management).

  • Responds with commitment and sensitivity toward satisfying the needs of internal and external customers. Promotes quality and continuous improvement philosophy.

  • Evaluates situations objectively and demonstrates the ability to make timely decisions that are intended to have a positive effect on work performance.

  • Organizes and prioritizes work assignments to complete assignments/tasks on time, with quality, and has the ability to anticipate problem areas in advance. Applies creative approaches and ideas to solve problems maximizing effective use of appropriate resources.

  • Demonstrates flexibility in approach and ideas, responds positively and supports changes in procedures, process, technology, responsibility and assignments.

  • Maintains cooperative and productive working relationships and communications with all employees, participating effectively as a team member or as a team leader. Encourages and assists in self-improvement.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to maintain a safe, clean and orderly work area. Follows safety regulations and actively contributes to work safety.


  • BA/BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering from an accredited institution; 2 to 5 years? experience supporting machining operations; or equivalent combination of experience and training.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include:

  • Close Vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

  • Color Vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

  • Peripheral Vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

  • Depth Perception (three-dimensional vision - ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

  • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate (e.g. business office with printers or light traffic)
Danfoss is an EO employer and VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.
The application process will remain open until the position has been filled.

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