Lean Manufacturing Engineer / Continuous Improvement Leader / ABSF
at Altra Industrial Motion

Date Posted: 4/7/2018

Job Description

Formsprag Clutch, a division of Altra Industrial Motion in Warren Michigan is looking for a Lean Manufacturing Engineer to lead the ABS system.  ABS (Altra Business System is our version of lean/TPS).

This opening is an opportunity to lead Lean transformation at an established and profitable company.

Formsprag Clutch is looking for a person with production experience in a machine shop environment, who is ready to exercise their leadership skills and mechanical aptitude to help transform an already profitable business into an exceptional business.

Formsprag is a low volume / high mix manufacturer of customized Aerospace and Industrial clutches. There are a variety of machining processes used every day in this factory including turning, drilling, milling, tapping, cylindrical and surface grinding, form grinding, heat treatment, laser cutting, laser marking, assembly, testing,  painting and packaging. Our company is in its infancy in Lean implementation, so there is much opportunity to make a difference.

The focus is:

  • cellularization
  • set-up reduction
  • structured problem solving
  • workplace organization
  • visual controls of work centers

Our approach is built around the upgrade of our machines and processes to enable 1-piece flow. Experience in the focus areas above is required.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must already have had Lean training
  • Must have turning and grinding machining knowledge
  • Must have strong hands-on mechanical abilities
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be positive, upbeat and influential
  • Must use the above for Kaizen leadership with excellent staff support for breakthrough results
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  As a result, all applicants must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR.  ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., Green Card Holder), Political Asylee, or Refugee.


If you are a technical person with Lean knowledge and experience in metal components manufacturing, and you are ready for the next step in leading people in a Lean transformation, please apply! 


Job Snapshot

About Us

Altra Industrial Motion is a leading global supplier of quality power transmission and motion control products. Providing the essential control of equipment speed, torque, positioning, and other functions, Altra products are used in nearly any machine or process involving motion. Our products are sold in over 70 countries in a variety of major industrial markets, including food processing, material handling, packaging machinery, mining, energy, automotive, primary metals, turf and garden and many others.

Altra products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. Operating independently, each of these companies is committed to the guiding principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

Our products are frequently used in a wide range of high-volume manufacturing processes, where the reliability and accuracy are critical in both avoiding costly down time and enhancing the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations.

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