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Project Engineer

Summit Polymers Portage, MI

Posted 1 year ago in Engineering

The Project Engineer is responsible for technical work involving engineering, development and design of one or more components involved in a product; establishes program specifications and requirements; and directs the technical activities of the Designer, Manufacturing Engineer and Quality Engineer assigned to the program.

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for the following major tasks:

  • Provides the Lead in technical, product quality, GD&T development reviews with the customer.
  • Establish and maintain a good working relationship with internal and external contacts.
  • Responsible for prototype mold builds and the on-time availability of prototype parts.
  • Responsible for assuring that all materials, parts and products supplied are on time and meet all customer requirements from prototypes thru production PPAP.
  • Completes Engineering Change Request documents for all changes that impact tooling and/or product pricing.
  • Generates Purchase Orders and tracks budget for dies and molds, sample material etc.
  • Maintain documentation on all program activity.
  • Provide the latest data and/or drawings to tooling sources and document control; analyze all drawings to assure compliance to all specifications.
  • Track design and engineering activities per the critical path of the program.
  • Responsible for developing the part design using a SET based options approach.
  • Schedule all mold tryouts and secondary operations; and layouts and performance testing.
  • Responsible for assuring that a complete part submission is made on or before the required customer date.
  • Support for program integration into SPI Manufacturing.
  • Other duties as assigned.


B.S. degree in engineering and 2 years manufacturing experience (automotive related preferred) or some college instruction (preferably in an engineering curriculum) and 7 years progressive manufacturing experience including 2 years in engineering. Up to 20% travel to International/Domestic manufacturing and customer locations may be required. Possesses the ability to gather and analyze information and make decisions from a limited number of choices; must agree to complete all post-hire training.

About Summit Polymers:

Summit Polymers, Inc. is a world-class Tier One and Tier Two automotive supplier of plastic injection molded interior trim, specializing in the design, prototype and production of instrument panel, console components and mechanical assemblies for kinetic parts. Summit is a privately held company with roughly 2000 employees at 9 manufacturing sites, with plants in SW Michigan, Kentucky, Mexico, and China; plus a Technical Center in Kalamazoo, MI and Sales and Engineering office in Dearborn, MI. Among Summit's customer base are Toyota, Ford, and GM. Summit's track record of profitability and success is a direct result of commitment to superior product development using set-based engineering, lean manufacturing, and technological leadership. A high-energy staff is dedicated to the quality, the urgency, and the low cost that is imperative to survival in today's global automotive economy.

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