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Manufacturing Engineer

At UMC, as a family owned business, we pride ourselves on our service, integrity, and ingenuity.  Our path to growth is paved by investing in our people. The strategy is simple: when our people grow, our company grows. UMC’s employees have an unparalleled spirit of commitment and ingenuity. We’re a strong team of skilled individuals working together to create high quality products and effective solutions.

UMC is looking for a Manufacturing Engineer who is primarily responsible for directing the manufacturing process of assigned parts to ensure they meet established specifications, ensures customer requirements are achieved and that parts are manufactured in a cost effective and timely manner.


The primary duties and responsibilities of the Manufacturing Engineer consist of but are not limited to:

  • Cost Effective Process
    • Develops cost effective processes and procedures for the manufacture of parts and assemblies in conformance with established specifications and customer requirements in conjunction with production personnel
      • Analyzes short and long-term needs for the job
      • Develops manufacturing cost estimates to support quoting activities
      • Develops time standards for the jobs to be run in production
      • Develops and maintains manufacturing documentation, including CAD drawings for cutting tools, jigs, and fixtures
      • Designs fixturing to facilitate machining, inspection, finishing and/or assembly operations
      • Documents production processes to be understood and implemented by production personnel
      • May designate, modify and/or make recommendations for the procurement of equipment necessary to produce parts and/or assemblies
  • Input and Maintenance of Manufacturing Plan in ERP System
    • Responsible for accurate input of the manufacturing plan into the ERP system and maintenance of the following key elements of the system:
      • Part records
      • Product structure / Bill of material
      • Manufacturing operations
      • Configuration control
  • Continuous Improvement
    • Responsible to perform activities that reduce cost, improve quality and on-time delivery
    • Analyzes machining and assembly cycle times to provide continuous cost reductions
    • Makes recommendations and directs changes to achieve improvements
    • Analyzes feedback/recommendations, incorporates improvements as appropriate
    • Must be able to meet customer demand requirements for performing visual inspection and/or other product acceptance activities with or without accommodation
  • CNC Programs
    • Works with a team to develop robust and verified CNC programs
    • Supply CNC Programmer with complete machining plan, including identifying any special cutting tools or fixtures as required
    • Coordinate efforts to ensure CNC programs are complete and verified before the scheduled start date
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of health and safety, responsible for safety awareness, while upholding and improving the culture of safety within the organization.   Identify opportunities for improvement and take action if appropriate, before a problem occurs.  Report potential hazards, unsafe working conditions, unsafe equipment, unsafe acts, and injuries immediately
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • A bachelor’s degree in manufacturing /mechanical engineering or a related field with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience, or a two-year post high school diploma/certificate and a minimum of six years of relevant experience preferred
  • Experience with CAD/CAM systems utilizing solid modeling
  • Proficient PC skills in a Windows environment


  • Ability to express ideas, share information, listen actively and demonstrate professionalism in written and verbal communications
  • Adheres to UMC Quality Standards
  • Ensure all internal and external customers receive positive service experiences
  • Promotes a sense of urgency to expedite work though area
  • Able to make effective and timely decisions Experience in the machining industry, job shop machining preferred
  • Experience developing CNC programs and /or machining process plans
  • Experience with special processes (e.g. plating, welding, heat treat, etc.)
  • Proficient in the application of GD&T and related inspection methodology
  • Understanding of multiple manufacturing processes as well as a variety of materials
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the design and selection of fixturing and tooling for complex parts
  • Experience with ISO quality systems and World Class Manufacturing principles
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to perform engineering calculations related to machining
  • Able to work on multiple projects with accuracy
  • Highly detailed
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong CAD skills
  • Experience conducting process capability studies
  • Experience with ERP systems
  • Embodies the personal commitment to the shared core values of UMC: Curiosity, Versatility, Integrity, Grit, Go Beyond

About us:

  • We are a 200-person precision manufacturing company
  • We are growing, and currently under construction is our expansion that we call the Armstrong Project 
  • We offer generous paid time off, and health and welfare benefits
  • This is a full-time position located in Monticello, MN and onsite each day.

UMC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Job Details

  • Department: Engineering
  • Date: December 6, 2021
  • Reports To: Director of Manufacturing
  • Job Family: Professional
  • Location: Monticello, MN
  • Job Group: Technical
  • Openings: 1
  • OT Status: Not Exempt
  • Shift: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Relocation Available: No