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Mechanical Design Engineer - Panasonic Energy Kansas

REQ: REQ-136138 Facilities

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • De Soto, KS, United States
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Panasonic invites you to join us in this ongoing, full-scale effort to electrify our society. At PENA, engineers quickly become experts in the fundamentals of lithium-ion cell technology and leaders who work with the manufacturing teams to integrate that understanding with high speed, automated manufacturing methods to produce the highest performance and quality lithium-ion batteries.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct research and design work for new warehousing systems, automatic guided vehicles, and material transportation methods.
  • Support design work and vendor selection for production equipment, material storage, and movement systems.
  • Follow engineering change standards and design review process to test and implement new warehousing systems.
  • Interface with battery and equipment development teams (in US and Japan) to develop, qualify and launch new production lines and new battery models. 
  • Work with other department to execute projects to reduce loss and improve quality.
  • Develop and implement IoT and robotic systems to accelerate on-going efforts towards Industry 4.0.
  • Work with design team to optimize ASRS and AGV systems.
  • Define operation and maintenance guidelines for warehousing systems
  • Support installs and commissioning of designed systems
  • Work closely with factory design team to ensure no schedule or budget impacts.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • Willingness to travel.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees, wearing PPE is a possibility and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Experience including internship or curricular training in manufacturing environment or lithium-ion battery cell is a plus.
  • Experience with warehousing systems and automated material movement is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with vendors to design large scale systems.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Ability and proficiency in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data.
  • Able to manage multiple concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment, effectively prioritize work, and deliver quality results.
  • Self-starter who works well independently and an outstanding ability to follow up with and adapt as necessary.
  • A strong work ethic with a “get the job done” approach who consistently delivers excellent customer service, both internally and externally.
  • Intuitive, adaptable, creative, and collaborative with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a high-volume manufacturing or industrial environment.
  • Experience with control strategy, PLC, and sensor/actuator relationships is a plus.
  • Experience interfacing to databases, information management and reporting applications used for MES/SCADA systems is preferred.
  • Experience with ASRS, AGVs, and warehousing systems
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA or equivalent
  • Proficiency with AnyLogic simulations
  • Familiar with six sigma methodologies and tools

Physical Demands:

Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)

  • Sit:                                                       25%
  • Walk:                                                   25%
  • Stand:                                                 25%
  • Lift:                                                      25%

Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Occasional

REQ: REQ-136138 Facilities

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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