Manufacturing Engineer

Work Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Full Time Exempt Position

Job Summary

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.


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.

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.
  • Use statistical analysis to validate process changes.

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.

Process Capability

  • Apply six-sigma methods to define and track process capability.

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.


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

Hiring Requirements

  • If an offer of employment offer is extended, candidate must have the ability to pass a background check and have the ability to be insured by the Company’s Auto-policy. Offer of Employment is contingent upon the results.
  • Based on our work requirements, applicants may have to comply with NOFORN security classification.

Clearance Requirements
This position may require 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.

Edge Autonomy Benefits

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Matching 401k
  • Paid PTO
  • Paid holidays

Edge Autonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Edge Autonomy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Continued employment remains on an “At-Will” basis.

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 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.

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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