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Title:  Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID:  65414
Date:  May 28, 2024

Walker, Michigan, US

Department:  Engineering


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:


In this role, you will initiate the application of manufacturing systems as well as maintain and enhance current systems in the manufacturing process to improve process control and finished goods quality while maintaining high standards of quality and safety on all phases.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ability to specify, test and design machine systems and components, including the ability to write and revise software configurations.
  • Apply and support lean manufacturing initiatives, identifying reduction opportunities through process improvements, tuning of configurations, or other strategies. Improve the speed and reliability of vision system changeovers.
  • Assume full responsibility for various engineering projects as assigned, allowing the achievement of maximizing output and / or minimizing cost by either the implementation of new equipment and / or methods or the improvement of existing equipment and / or methods.
  • Plan, schedule, and perform project or sub-project details; follow-up on new and revised improvements to assure proper implementation.
  • Operate within approved time schedules and project budgets.
  • Coordinate the testing of new systems before release to production.
  • Consult and cooperate with corporate / customer / supplier personnel as authorized and required. Maintain effective communication and working relations.
  • Qualify equipment distributors and representatives for the procurement of evaluation samples and production resources.
  • Keep supervisor advised of any unusual situation, which might impair the progress, execution of final project objective so that they may act accordingly.
  • Maintain an awareness of “state of the art” technology as it applies to our industry. Take part in educational programs pertinent to process projects.
  • Instruct and train West Pharmaceutical Services personnel in the use of any special equipment that may be required for project completion.
  • Provide engineering guidance to assure plant, machinery, and processes are optimized
  • Assist in electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic design modifications.
  • Conduct any activities with established policies and corporate objectives.
  • Fully define projects via specifications or drawings before releasing to a vendor.
  • All other duties as required


Basic Qualifications:      

  • Bachelor's Degree in Science, Engineering, or related field required or
  • Equivalent experience in manufacturing engineering discipline required  


Work Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years (Assoc) required           


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Application skills utilizing latest software, hardware and vision technology
  • Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing experience with four (4) years of practical application a plus.
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety and quality policies at all times


Travel Requirements:

  • Estimated Amount 10%:  Up to 26 business days per year


Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Additional Requirements:

  • Self-motivated and solution-oriented personality.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Good communication, project management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Must wear safety toe shoes, safety goggles, and hearing protection, as required, in production areas.
  • Must follow and comply with Plant’s Dress and Hygiene Code (SOI).
  • Must follow and comply with all Company and Plant policies, procedure (SOIs), rules and State and Federal laws









West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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