Project Engineer in Frankfort, IL at ITW

Date Posted: 8/27/2019

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    21701 South Harlem Avenue
    Frankfort, IL
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Job Description

ITW Automotive – Body and Fuel NA Division

Job Title: Project Engineer

ITW- Equal Opportunity Employer

Role Summary:

The Project Engineer for the ITW Body and Fuel Division will report to a Program Manager and will be responsible for directing and coordinating the planning, organization, integration, and completion of engineering projects within area of assignment. This person will be capable of working through an engineering problem independently. The Project Engineer will analyze and research engineering problems, participate in equipment or product design, test materials, devices, or machines and prepare specifications/documentation and summarize data results. This person is responsible for participating in projects and ensuring timely completion and that project minimizes costs and stays within budget.

The candidate should have 3 years’ experience in engineering and project management in a manufacturing environment, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

●  Program management: Plans and formulates project timetable after defining customer needs.

●  Communicates directly with customers (Automotive OEMs) and with global teams.

●  Coordinates activities concerned with technical developments, scheduling and resolving engineering design and test problems reporting results and status as needed.

●  Innovates creative product solutions to meet customer needs and works with internal patent department.

●  Manages and develops suppliers in various fields of manufacturing concerning metal, plastic injection mold makers and rubber industries.

●  Forms production, QA and engineering teams dedicated to specific phases or aspects of project such as technical studies, product design, preparation of specifications and technical plans and product testing.

●  Reviews product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards and customer contract requirements and related specifications.

●  Acts as facilitator to ensure commitments to customer are met in a timely manner and within budget.

●  Maintains personal knowledge in product, application and processes appropriate to projects undertaken.

●  Works with Sales to develop new business opportunities.

●  Review drawing changes, deviations, and Engineering Change Notices

●  Prioritize work flow in Design as necessary

●  Able to utilize CATIA or other design software such as SolidWorks while utilizing design principles for injection molding

●  Coordinates parts design and tool design activities per customer specification

●  Responsible for financial budget for individual preproduction and development projects

●  Follows IATF 16949 procedures if customer required and descriptions per the ITW handbook.

●  Interprets engineering specifications

●  Authors DFMEA’s, PFMEAs and champions 8D problem solving activities

●  Review RFQ package: Identify customer part numbers, create bills of materials, derive part weights, evaluate annual volumes, key dates, assembly plant locations.

●  Develop BOM’s (bill of Materials)

●  Interpret customer specifications.

●  Prepare customer reviews, technical presentations and open issues list.

●  Develop design validation test plans.

●  Develop and maintain tooling, assembly and test equipment financial plans and documents.

●  Participate in regular APQP activities and meetings and AAR events.

●  Create FEA reports.

●  Lead customer, supplier and ITW tooling and product design signoffs and kick offs.

●  Lead RFQ activities with tooling, automation and gauge suppliers.

●  Nominate supplier: Tooling/Parts/Gauges/Automation.

●  Develop packaging plans per customer requirements.

●  Support customer build and launch activities.

●  Monitor tooling, gauge and assembly concepts according to ITW standards.

●  Maintain customer milestone timing in customer portals.

●  Issue molding sample requests.

●  Monitor serial part history.

●  Monitor release of production to operations.


●  B.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience

●  3+ years of experience in engineering and project management in a manufacturing environment.

●  Project management experience, preferably Tier 1 automotive (Nissan/Honda). PMI PMP certification preferred.

●  Knowledge in Plastic Injection Molding part design, performance, material selection, tooling technology

●  Must be adaptable, flexible, organized and act with a sense of urgency and able to operate independently

●  Must have demonstrated analytical/problem-solving, project management/task planning, engineering risk assessment, creativity/innovation and technical leadership skills.

●  Must be able to make sound, logical judgments using deductive reasoning, attention to detail; understand the cause and effect of such decisions.

●  Ability to travel up to 35% to support the customer and launch process.

●  Strong organization skills, and ability to take on special projects from concept to implementation and maintaining.

●  Fluent in MS Project, and MS Office Suite.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Job Requirements


Automotive OEM
ITW’s Automotive OEM segment designs and manufactures innovative fasteners, interior and exterior components, and powertrain and braking systems for OEMs and their top-tier suppliers. ITW’s automotive businesses have a high level of customer intimacy, enabling customer-back innovation to address complex needs such as vehicle efficiency, safety, and quality. Deep market knowledge and strong manufacturing process capabilities allow ITW’s automotive businesses to be nimble, niche problem solvers for their sophisticated customers.