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Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Traverse City, MI, US, 49684

Your career begins at Cone Drive Operations, a Timken company!  Cone Drive is located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan and boasts nearly 100 years of success in the gearing industry.


If you're ready for a challenging career that provides you with the ability to advance personally and professionally, look to Cone Drive.  Our associates make the world more productive by improving the efficiency and reliability of the machinery that keeps industry in motion. 



Sr. Manufacturing Engineer position to support the design and manufacture of the Cone Drive Harmonic Solutions product line. The engineer is responsible for developing, implementing, and executing manufacturing processes, along with continuous improvement of existing processes. This position will interface and collaborate with a cross functional team including Operations, Quality, Design Engineering, and Product Development.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Duties include, but not limited to the following:
  • Develop and implement CNC programs and detailed process plans for precision mill-turning and grinding
  • Specify and implement workholding and cutting tools for manufacturing operations
  • Create and maintain process instructions (routings, work instructions, procedures…etc.)
  • Develop standard work and time standards for machining and assembly processes
  • Define inspection methodologies and support quality issues
  • Provide daily support to shop floor to maintain production
  • Train operation personnel on the execution of manufacturing methods and processes
  • Lead production launch and improvement activities to support new and existing programs
  • Support the specification and launch of new equipment and processes
  • Apply LEAN manufacturing techniques to facilitate TAKT, flow, pull, waste reduction, and support a continuous improvement culture
  • Lead application of data-driven methods to reduce costs and quality defects, such as FMEA, SPC, and PPAP
  • Apply statistical methods to troubleshoot processes and conduct root cause analysis
  • Support and manage NPI projects
  • Support product design activities to ensure manufacturing processes are developed in parallel and taken into account to support product and customer requirements
  • Discuss and solve complex problems in a team setting
  • Maintain positive outlook and encourage and grow the team
  • Research areas for continuous improvement in all areas of the Harmonic product line


Required and Preferred Experience:

  • BS in mechanical/manufacturing engineering  
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience with emphasis in precision machining environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience running production machines, both manual and CNC
  • Intimate knowledge of common machine tools including lathes, mills, mill/turn, and grinders
  • Familiarity with gear hobs, gear shapers, and gear grinders
  • Experience with process, tooling, and fixture design
  • Strong programming capabilities of 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC machines.  Preferably in ESPRIT  
  • Experience and understanding of precision inspection methods and equipment
  • Strong SolidEdge, SolidWorks, or similar CAD software capabilities
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Knowledge of DIN, SAE, ASTM and AGMA specifications
  • Knowledge of special processing operations such as Heat Treating, Non-Destructive Testing, Shot Peening, Coating, Plating and Painting
  • Knowledge of quality systems, including PPAP, FMEA, Control Plans, GR&R, Process Capabilities Studies
  • Experience with LEAN initiatives and root cause analysis
  • Understanding of GD&T
  • Project Management skills
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated with strong drive to complete tasks and projects
  • Ideal candidate will have experience of the design and manufacturing of strain wave gearing and components.

All qualified applicants shall be treated equally according to their individual qualifications, abilities, experiences and other employment standards.  There will be no discrimination due to gender or gender identity, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran/military status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 




The Timken Company, a global technology leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion, designs a growing portfolio of next-generation products for diverse industries. For 125 years, Timken has used its specialized expertise to innovate and create customer-centric solutions that increase reliability and efficiency. The company posted $4.8 billion in sales in 2023 and employs more than 19,000 people globally, operating from 45 countries. Timken is one of the World's Most Innovative Companies, according to Fast Company, and has been recognized among America's Most Responsible Companies and America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek, the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere and America's Most Innovative Companies by Fortune.

Why Choose Timken?

  • Over a century of knowledge and innovation
  • A culture of top performance
  • A global, diverse environment
  • Products that contribute to a sustainable world
  • A conviction to improve communities around us
  • Competitive salary and benefits

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Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan

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