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Blount International, Inc. Manufacturing Associate Engineer I in Kansas City, Missouri

Manufacturing Associate Engineer I

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Date: Apr 13, 2021

Location: Kansas City, MO, US

Company: Blount International

Work Location: Kansas City, MO (Mfg Plant)

Functional Area: Engineering

Number of Openings: 1

Current Openings: 1.00

Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional opportunity.

We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.

he successful Manufacturing Associate Engineer I candidate will apply technical expertise and analysis in the planning and design of manufacturing processes.


  • Primary Task (15%) Completes Projects

  • Conducts research and performs analysis on specific engineering problems and makes recommendations to project managers or engineering management. Manages projects of limited scope in terms of impact and duration. Coordinates the work of Engineers, Technicians, and other support personnel and interacts with marketing, accounting, purchasing, manufacturing, product design and suppliers/customers.

  • Clearly defined & documented project requirements.

  • Project schedule(s).

  • Resource estimates/resource plan.

  • Cost estimates/cost targets.

  • Budget monitoring.

  • Successful team.

  • Write AR’s.

  • Data collection & analysis.

  • Status reports.

  • Final reports.

  • Analysis of alternatives.

  • Verification.

  • Validation.

  • Design reviews.

  • Process design.

  • Process documentation.

  • Production training.

  • Project schedule adjustment.

  • Project coordination.

  • Project closure & critique.

  • Second Task (65%) – Production Support – Works on miscellaneous manufacturing process problems dealing with production down time, loss of or low efficiency, or quality deviations. Gains intimate knowledge of the processes that they are assigned.

  • Standard cost by operation.

  • Identifying opportunities for improvement

  • Priorities of opportunities

  • Analysis of alternatives

  • Corrective actions

  • Capable processes

  • Production uptime

  • Current process documentation

  • Gauging

  • Product disposition recommendation

  • Consultation on prints

  • Consultation on process

  • Purchase of toys/trial/experimental

  • Floor layouts

  • Ergonomic/safety assessments

  • Capacity/utilization studies

  • Informal project coordination

  • Failure analysis

  • Third Task (10%) – Identifies and reviews technological sources of information and makes recommendations on potential research projects for the division/product line.

  • Risk analysis.

  • Recommendations on new technologies.

  • Consultation to Engineering schools on curriculum improvement.

  • Identifies major “Engineering process” improvement opportunities.

  • Provides constructive feedback in design reviews.

  • Provides recommendations on manufacturing systems.

  • Communication and Documentation (10%)

  • Technical reports.

  • Status reports.

  • Technical articles (outside publications).

  • Technical presentations to Engineering/Directors/Blount.

  • Monthly Reports.

  • Open communication channels.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent discipline preferred

  • Highschool diploma or GED required

  • Minimum of 5yrs of relevant experience required

    SKILLS/ABILITIES: Typical skills and abilities may include the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply principles within projects that require calculations to define or deliver a solution

  • Ability to identify alternative methods to check and verify solutions

  • Demonstrated ability in applying technical knowledge to manufacturing process design

  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem solving

  • Demonstrated effective team skills, able to work independently or collaboratively as needed

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated flexibility and comfortable with change management concepts

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to present highly technical information to diverse audiences, some without technical knowledge

  • Demonstrates commitment and actively works for continuous improvement in processes and technical knowledge and uses performance data for improvement in key areas

  • Demonstrated knowledge and practical application of 3D CAD software (e.g., Pro/E, SolidWorks, Inventor)

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and data management software (SAP preferred). Experience using a CAD software for layout drawings.


  • Available to work on site as required

  • Weekend Shift: (3) 12hour shifts Friday-Sunday 5am-5pm

  • Additional overtime may be necessary to support business needs, reasonable notice will be provided


    Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.

    Blount offers products under the brand names of OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, Pentruder, and Merit. For more information, visit www.blount.com .

    Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Blount International to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.

    During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. date of birth; drivers license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.