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Manufacturing Engineer I

Portland, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Leatherman is the world leader in the design and manufacturer of innovative, high quality, compact, multi-purpose tools. We are looking for a manufacturing engineer to join our manufacturing engineering team.  Please visit our website at:                                                                                                                                          

Support overall business objectives of lean manufacturing and SQD&C through continuous improvement in productivity of operations. Perform a variety of engineering work in planning and design of manufacturing machinery and processes, other mechanically functioning equipment and new product development. Work with other engineering and manufacturing disciplines in the development and application of processes to increase production quality, efficiency, or capacity.


Essential Functions

  • Improve production methods, including production flow, tooling, assembly methods, and production equipment, to ensure production cells are operating at optimum levels by effective use of materials, equipment and personnel. Participate as member in project teams and continuous improvement teams.
  • Develop, document, test and evaluate moderately complex processes, techniques and equipment for new products which will improve output, quality, and process capability. Develop and design production aids, fixtures, tooling, and gages for improved production efficiency and for new product implementation. 
  • Ensure project plans conform to schedules for timely introduction of new products into production and determines processing methods, workforce and schedule requirements, capital equipment and required tooling & gauging (with related cost estimates) needed for new products. Supply data needed for accurate estimates of lead time for implementation of manufacturing, material and purchased parts costs. 
  • Report on status and final results of projects to ensure accomplishment of technical objectives. Prepare and present reports outlining the progress and outcome of technical projects and makes recommendations to implement desired improvements.
  • Support justification preparation for new capital equipment or upgrades & modifications to existing equipment. This may include the development of production machinery and managing installation process.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with cross-functional areas to ensure new products are introduced to manufacturing in an effective manner.
  • Provide feedback to product designers regarding design improvements based on manufacturability or customer suggestions.
  • Proactively identify problem areas and organize support for manufacturing with root cause analysis and process improvement that supports a lean environment. Support other departments with troubleshooting, plant layout, technical problems, and other engineering related issues.
  • Participate in a department culture which supports the principles of Safety, Quality, Delivery, & Cost.

Additional Functions

  • Provide support for Manufacturing Engineering communications and initiatives.


  • Collaboration – Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Customer Focus – Build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions.
  • Effective Communication – Develop and deliver a variety of communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Ensure Accountability – Hold self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Instill Trust – Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Optimization – Know the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Resiliency – Rebound from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Resourcefulness – Secure and deploy resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Self-development – Actively seek new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels.

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering is required.
  • One or more years of experience which provides knowledge of manufacturing processes in light industry and documents utilization of advanced problem-solving skills preferred.
  • Familiarity with process capability tools and Lean manufacturing principles preferred.
  • Strong computer knowledge with demonstrated experience in MS Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • CAD and print reading skills required. Solidworks experience preferred.


  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Note: Eligibility to work in the United States must be provided if selected for hire.

  • Pre-employment background check and drug screening is required.
Company Description
When Tim Leatherman built the first American multipurpose tool, there were no CAD files, no blueprints. Just perseverance, imagination, and a little ingenuity. The result is a product that customers around the world have come to trust and use to solve problems big and small.

That same spirit flows through our company today. It's a place where you can help create solutions that improve the lives of our consumers and our communities. Where you can work with amazing folks who care for each other, learn from one another, and laugh—a lot. It's a place where you can help build a better brand, and a better you.

We believe that with the right tools in hand, anyone can achieve greatness. We value perseverance, ingenious design and changing the world through innovation. We grow and support our employees. We create global solutions our competitors cannot copy. We believe in integrity, authentic collaboration, honesty and humility. We fuel growth from our failures. We build a culture that celebrates diversity, develops respect, and cultivates a community to solve any problem.



12106 NE Ainsworth Circle

Portland, OR



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