Manufacturing Engineer

January, 2021

General Summary

In collaboration with the Engineering Manager, Production Manager and Supervisors, the Manufacturing Engineer develops and improves manufacturing processes for window fabrication that improve efficiency, quality and safety in the plant. This position is responsible for elimination of waste in the manufacturing process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develops manufacturing process by studying product requirements; researching, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment.
2. Analyzes production processes, schedules, methods and other data and then provides management with reports containing the data and statistics to enable management to better understand future requirements needed for the manufacturing process.
3. Ensures that the company’s manufacturing processes are in compliance with all government laws and regulations.
4. Reviews and calculates labor, material and other production costs along with reviewing schedules and future production requirements to assist management in decision making.
5. Analyzes and plans workflow, equipment placement and space requirements to improve manufacturing efficiency.
6. Coordinates equipment maintenance and repair services and makes sure that manufacturer’s procedures and instructions are followed in order to keep production equipment operational.
7. Evaluates quality control processes and make recommendations for improvements in quality control.
8. Consults with production, maintenance technicians, vendors and other support groups concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods. Recommends improvements to facilities, equipment, or procedures to improve safety, quality, and efficiency.
9. Prepares specifications, conducts vendor evaluations and develops relationships with a variety of industry supplies to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
10. Develops, updates and maintains procedures and documentation for all Standard Operating Procedures.
11. May be asked to attend site visit to assess product issues occurring in the field.

Established in 1981, Portland-based Paradigm Window Solutions specializes in a wide range of premium-quality and Energy Star-rated vinyl windows and patio doors for new construction, replacement and institutional markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Their premium-quality products are designed and fabricated in Maine and exceed requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturing Association (AAMA) Gold Label Certification for integrity and quality.

In 2014, Paradigm Window Solutions consolidated all operations into a larger 109,000-sq. ft. facility at 56 Milliken Street, off Riverside Industrial Parkway. That same year, Paradigm launched the 500 Series New Construction and 5000 Series Replacement Window lines, thereby introducing a value-priced window product option. The following year, three new paint process interior wood grain finishes were added to the 8300 series, which gave Paradigm the ability to compete with the wood window market to reach consumers who wanted the natural wood look without the maintenance of real wood.

In 2018, Paradigm expanded its production schedule by adding a second shift, which created 14 new full-time jobs, and the company is actively hiring. Currently, the company employees 230 people and offers supplemental health/dental/vision, company-paid life insurance, short-term disability insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, eight holidays, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and quarterly bonus.