Manufacturing Engineer

Department: Production FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To:  Senior Advanced Development Engineer – CAD Manager

Work Location:

Ann Arbor, MI

Supervises: None    


The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for the plan and design of manufacturing processes in a cutting-edge solid oxide fuel cell production environment.  The position’s primary goal will be to maximize efficiency by analyzing layout and operation of equipment, workflow, assembly methods, and work force utilization.  Other responsibilities include determining parts and tools needed to achieve manufacturing goals according to product specification, developing suppliers to manufacture outsourced parts, and working with the fuel cell production operators.  The position must have knowledge of commonly used engineering concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular engineering field.  A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required to be successful.

 Duties & Responsibilities Standard Expectations Output  
Develop Manufacturing Processes for Fuel Cells.  
  • Plan and sequence of operations and optimize throughput.
  • Create Work Instructions, Process Maps, Control Plans, and PFMEA for manufacturing processes.
  • Defined and approved manufacturing documentation.
Reduce Manufacturing Cost.  
  • Improve production yields by using six-sigma methods.
  • Use lean principles to reduce waste.
  • Increase process efficiency to decrease labor time.
  • Use statistical analysis to validate process changes.
  • Decreased direct materials and direct labor cost.
Production Capacity    
  • Design, specifies, and procures equipment and tooling to achieve capacity targets.
  • Compare and analyze equipment options by using ROI and NPV.
  • Identify opportunities to use automation in production.
  • Production capacity meeting targets.
  • Defined Capital Equipment Budget.
Process Capability
  • Apply six-sigma methods to define and track process capability.
  • Building to print specifications with a process Cpk of 1.67.
Production Quality
  • Track and update production metrics.
  • Work with Product Engineering and Research & Development teams to implement design changes and new products into production.
  • Train Team Leaders and Technicians on design changes.
  • Verify production is working to defined procedures.
  • Meeting customer’s expectations.


Under general supervision, must be able to work independently in a rapidly changing environment.  Must apply experience and engineering judgement to make decisions with limited information.  Must balance multiple projects and be comfortable reacting to changing priorities.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS, but not limited to:


      • Excellent written and verbal communications.

      • Ability to set priorities and make decisions.

      • Strong interpersonal skills while working in diverse teams

      • Experience with SolidWorks and data analysis programs.

      • Computer literate.  Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

      • Excellent problem-solving techniques.


        • 4-year degree in engineering.

        • 2 – 5 years of experienced in a manufacturing industry.

        • Experience with ceramic powder processing.

        • Experience with copolymer extrusion.

        • Experienced in working within teams.

        • Experience with structured problem solving (Six-Sigma, Shainin Red-X)

        • Experience with PFMEA.

        • Equipment design.

        • Ergonomic and Safety Standards.

        • Experience with Lean principals.


          • Professional

          • Team Player

          • Detailed Oriented

          • Logical / Analytical

          • Safety and Quality focused

          • Positive, can-do attitude

          • Solution oriented when confronted with challenges

          • Constructively assertive

        Hours: This is a fulltime salary position, covering 40 hours a week and is not subject to overtime.  Schedule should overlap the production schedule as much as possible.

        Benefits: Position is eligible for generous medical, dental, vision, short-term, long-term disability benefits starting the first day of the first full month after start-date.  Additionally, team member begins earning PTO immediately upon hiring and is eligible for 401(K) with company match (subject to vesting schedule). 

        Special Requirements:
        • U.S. Citizen required, per ITAR definition

        ITAR Requirement:
        This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

        Equal Opportunity Employer
        Adaptive Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
        All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties that will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and in compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “At-Will” basis.

        A Note on Our Response to COVID-19 (and Contagious Diseases)
        Our workplace requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Persons with documented medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs will be reasonably accommodated in accordance with applicable law. Employment is contingent upon proof of vaccination or exemption.
        Adaptive Energy is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.

        Veterans Status
        To our veterans and separated service members, you are at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join our Company. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities.
        Adaptive Energy supports our military and will compensate up to 80 hours of reservist/active duty for our employees.

        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Most work is performed in enclosed buildings. Varied indoor working environment conditions. While performing the duties, the candidate is frequently exposed to computer terminals, sitting, and standing for long lengths of time. Frequent and prolonged periods of time looking at a computer screen. Walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, sitting, and bending during each workday. The vision requirement includes close vision, distant vision, and computer vision. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard. Carrying up to 45 pounds. PPE for production, as well as PPE for Covid and infectious diseases, include a facial mask, and protective gloves as necessary. These ADA requirements are not inclusive of the performed and responsibilities to be held by the candidate.

        Benefits: Position is eligible for generous medical, dental, vision, short-term, long-term disability benefits starting the first day of the first full month after start-date. Additionally, team member begins earning PTO immediately upon hiring and is eligible for 401(K) with company match (subject to vesting schedule).

        The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

        About Edge Autonomy

        Edge Autonomy is a leader in providing innovative autonomous systems, advanced optics, and resilient energy solutions to the US Department of Defense, the US Federal Civilian Agencies, allied governments, academic institutions, and commercial entities. Edge Autonomy draws on a 34+ year history of aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing expertise, and technologically advanced manufacturing.

        With our headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA and key production capabilities abroad, Edge Autonomy’s 300+ team members can deliver results at home and abroad. Learn more at

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