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Lead Manufacturing Specialist - Production

  • GE Aviation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 5/8/2017 3:41:47 PM
  • 2890112
  • Job Function: Manufacturing
  • Business Segment: Aviation Supply Chain
Location(s): United States; North Carolina; Asheville

About Us:

GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

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GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Role Summary:
In this role you will lead the development & implementation of manufacturing processes to achieve high volume production of complex aircraft engine components. Success in this role will be defined by your ability to create processes that meet drawing requirements, have high yield & minimize risk of deviation / scrap, meet required production rates (takt time), and achieve or beat production cost targets. This role demands someone with a strong-continuous learning mindset.

Essential Responsibilities:

In addition you will :

  • Develop part probing & tool setting cycles for use with CNC milling & turning programs
  • Create custom program macros using languages such as Fanuc Custom Macro “B”
  • Work with CNC programmers to integrate part probing & tool setting cycles into existing CNC machining programs
  • Achieve error-proofing & lights-out machining routines
  • Lead projects to retrofit existing equipment with part probing & tool setting capabilities
  • Research & implement other technologies to achieve continuous improvement targets
  • Develop 2-5 axis CNC programs using Siemens Unigraphics NX 7-10
  • Simulate and verify CNC programs using Vericut or similar tool path simulation packages
  • Prepare job documentation, including clearly written work instructions
  • Read & interpret technical drawings
  • Read & understand CNC machine code (G & M code programming)
  • Conduct process improvement & optimization activities in support of manufacturing yield, cycle, cost, safety, & inventory
  • Contribute new ideas and positive support to improve the state of current process
  • Work within cross-functional teaming organization spanning production, quality, engineering, sourcing, etc.
  • Assist in solving manufacturing quality issues using root cause analysis & implementing corrective actions
  • Exercise leadership in communicating business goals / programs / processes
  • Ability to mentor new / other programmers
  • Present to senior leaders (EB & SEB) in specific technical space and on cross functional teams how technologies interconnect & contribute to our overall strategy


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college (or a high school diploma / GED with a minimum of 4 years of experience in Manufacturing)
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Production Process and Equipment, Or GE OMLP Graduate

    Desired Characteristics:

  • In depth knowledge of part & tool probing, programming, & integration into equipment including Okuma, Okuma Howa, DMG, Makino
  • In depth experience in creating custom program macros for probing using languages such as Fanuc Custom Macro “B”
  • Experience in developing lights-out machining routines, through integration of probing, redundant tooling, RFID, and / or other technologies
  • Experience in retrofitting existing equipment with part probing & tool setting capabilities
  • Strong ability to program and operate multiple types of CNC manufacturing machinery
  • Familiarity with a variety of controller types (including Fanuc 18i / 18T / 30i, Heidenhain Mill Plus / iTNC, Okuma OSP)
  • In depth knowledge of Unigraphics NX 7.5-10
  • Previous experience within the aerospace manufacturing industry
  • Works well independently and within cross-functional group settings
  • Ability to influence and lead small teams
  • Quick learner with passion for implementing new technologies & methods
  • Curious, Creative, & passionate about life-long learning
  • Strong customer focus - particularly in meeting the needs & expectations of the production teams
  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Effective problem identification and solution skills
  • Proven analytical and organizational ability
  • Strong oral & written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or equivalent quality training

    Why join one great company when you can join many? We are more than 280,000 people with jobs that range from biochemist to finance specialist to wind energy engineer. We’re passionate about making life better with new ideas and technologies. We’re diverse, supporting our communities in more than 140 countries. Experience personal growth and competency development as part of the GE team. Around the world, we are helping build the healthcare, transportation and aviation of the new century.

    At GE Aviation, we are imagination at work. Whether we’re manufacturing components for our GEnx engines or driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into advances in aviation that solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us moving forward and looking ahead. Here you’ll work collaboratively and across functions with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. Whether it’s the next generation of ecomagination products or the future of aircraft engines, we’ve got the state-of-the-art resources to make those innovations a reality. If you’re passionate about aviation and looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE in reengineering the sky through aviation innovations that will impact the globe for generations to come.

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    Locations: United States; North Carolina; Asheville

    GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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