Process Engineer

TPI Composites, LLC

Warren, RI

About TPI

TPI Composites is a global provider of structural composites products and has 50 years of experience in the design, development, prototyping and serial production of advanced lightweight composite structures. We specialize in molding lightweight composite products for the Transportation and Wind Energy industries.  

TPI also provides a full range of services that can complement our customers’ extensive vehicle engineering capability. TPI maintains fully accredited materials test laboratories in the USA and China to support material characterization, process optimization, and ensure production quality and traceability. 

In support of our automotive composites products manufacturing operations, the Process Engineer is responsible for developing and implementing optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards; recommend and implement improvements to production processes, methods and controls; coordinate manufacturing launch for new or revised composite products. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Refine and troubleshoot our processes for molding, trimming, assembling, and finishing composite parts – working with our production staff.
  • Prepare and maintain clear work instructions and accurate bills of materials.
  • Implement the manufacturing launch of new/revised products.
  • Program our Eastman CNC cutter to optimize our material patterns.
  • Perform time studies as required for our operations team.
  • Consult with our tooling engineers on the design of molds, jigs and fixtures.
  • Collaborate with our sourcing team and our composites lab to qualify new materials.
  • Lead projects to reduce our production costs.

Who we’re looking for:

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering or Engineering Technology required.                        
  • Minimum 3-5 years related experience required (composites experience preferred).
  • Experience with Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing techniques preferred.
  • Experience with AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or similar programs.
  • Experience with ISO 9001 quality standards and/or quality methods desired.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects with a focus on safety, quality, cost, and attention to detail.
  • Effective interpersonal & communication skills for working with co-workers, vendors and customers.
  • Ability to adapt and apply problem solving skills.
  • A bias for action, and the drive to succeed as a team player in our fast-paced setting.
  • Ability to be on the factory floor for long periods of time, potentially working across multiple shifts.
  • Ability to maintain a safe work environment

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to be on the factory floor for long periods of time, potentially working across shifts at times.    

Work Environment

  • The work environment includes a balance of time in both an office setting and manufacturing setting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions required by this role. The following conditions may be present.
  • The manufacturing floor requires use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including eye hearing, respirator, and skin protection.
  • Accessing work environments may include use of stairs, staging, and ladders.
  • The composite manufacturing environment is subject to varying levels of temperature, humidity, dust, and smells.

This position is based at our automotive composites products manufacturing plant in Warren, Rhode Island.