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Mechanical Engineer

Company: Central Coast Agriculture, Inc.
Location: Lompoc
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Job Title: Mechanical Engineer Department: Engineering Reports To: Director of Engineering Work Schedule: Day Travel Time %: 10 - 20 Position Type: Full-Time FLSA Status: Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY: The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for providing technical leadership for the design, construction, and validation of manufacturing systems. This individual shall apply engineering principles and techniques including fluid mechanics, heat transfer and strength of materials to cryogenic systems, extraction systems, packaging machinery, and packaging components.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to perform the work functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops long and short-range plans for all mechanical systems (e.g. troubleshooting emergency breakdowns, upgrading engineering controls, searching for appropriate technology to address automation needs & modeling and simulation software, etc.) Oversees the operation of systems (e.g. HVAC, mechanical systems, fire/life safety, security systems) within buildings are setup efficiently and within code requirements Develop and implement actions to continually improve equipment performance, lower operating costs, increase the quality of operations, and drive energy and waste reduction Develop selection criteria and performance specifications for equipment and systems required to meet project requirements Maintain and expand knowledge of the following systems: HMI, Cryogenic, vacuum, & compressed air utility systems Partner with manufacturing, R&D, cultivation to translate process requirements into systems engineering deliverables Prepare purchase requisitions in order to request any material and supplies such as tools, equipment and replacement parts Prepare mechanical design and equipment specifications, design review of design documents and leads the construction, commissioning, & start-up activities at plant facilities. Projects must limit manufacturing disruption and shall be completed on time and within budget.
Interfaces with vendors and suppliers as necessary to discuss products used in repair work and/or projects that need to be completed Researches new products, laws, regulations, etc. related to cannabis controls, for the purpose of recommending efficient purchases and increased workflow efficiency Search new applicable technology both within and outside our industry to continuously evaluate best practices and deliver effective solutions Identify and solve potential issues with scaling up through system experimentation, observation, and data analysis Develop a SWOT Profile on critical processes and train customers (plant technicians, operators, and managers) on functionality and operation of new and improved systems Demonstrated experience developing POP and generating technical documentation such as design drawings, DFMEA, verification test procedures and test reports per FDA design controls Experience with Six Sigma practices including Root Cause Analysis, SPC, and Design of Experiments, etc.
Ability to present technologies and status of development projects to management and stakeholders Demonstrated record of making critical decisions that positively impact the course of the organization Bring new ways of working to the Engineering community in our continued quest of value engineering while living our core values Participates in establishing company-wide best practices and standards for mechanical engineering and is responsible for ensuring compliance at local site. Leads the development for a deep understanding of packaging machinery and component cost savings while maintaining the value equation Determine best mix of component cost and tooling cost to support forecast growth and weekly production plans. This includes all corrugated, plastics, glass, fiber board cartons, caps, labels, and films Work with manufacturing to establish AQLs for packaging automation projects Responsible for calculating the capacity and required number of packaging lines / automation level to meet demands and service needs In addition to PM roles and responsibilities, you will be assigned as the Subject Matter Expert, for all mechanical and automation scope on projects. This includes prioritizing and making the business case as well as developing V-curves to de-bottleneck packaging automation projects Develop robust bid comparisons for capital equipment recommendation with a keen eye on TCO

COMPETENCIES: Planning and Organizing Engages in short and long-term planning, sets priorities to optimize time usage, adheres to schedules and plans. Creativity and Innovation Initiates conceptual ideas with practical applications, develops creative strategies and opportunities, creative thinking and problem solving, promotes a creative climate. Judgment and Decision Making Solves problems, considers relevant alternatives before making decisions, displays intuitive judgment, shows timeliness and conviction in making recommendations and decisions. Teamwork and Relationship-Building Skills Assists team members in accomplishing their objectives by helping things go right, establishes effective working relationships, and promotes team efforts. Adaptability and Change Management Skills Ability to change to fit changed circumstances. Has the skill to multi-task and juggle competing priorities Develops Team and Self to learn and grow; maintains current knowledge in the field. Communication and Cooperation Effectively communicates upward, downward and laterally. Prevents unproductive responses, improves the effectiveness of communications and interactions with others. Accountability and Productivity Holds themselves accountable to team members, accepts responsibility for their own decisions, sustains peak performance and solves problems that impede productivity. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: Excellent inter-personal skills, organization skills, and strong analytical ability Excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to multi-task, prioritize in a fast paced environment Solid understanding of OEE, TPM, LSS, & remote machine access Broad knowledge of flexible and rigid packaging Knowledge of cold thermal storage systems & design of hygienic facilities Broad range of knowledge in molding technologies including thermal forming, injection molding, and blow molding Proficient in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Solid Works, CFD, SAAS mobile apps, Asana, MS Project, Lucid-Chart, & Pallet Optimization Software Working knowledge of HACCP, HAZOP, Packsafe hazard assessment software Passionate about data analytics, process audits & able to make appropriate recommendations Solid understanding of the 8 big Lean loses, feed forward controls and PID control loops Knowledge of digital twins, AI, machine learning, robotics & smart manufacturing Knowledge of interoperability standards using OPC UA and OMAC Pack ML Knowledge of cGMP standard (29 CFR part 210), PMMI B155.1 machine safety standard, process integrity standard (OSHA 1910.272), and ISO 9001 quality standard Experience with filling and packaging equipment in the CPG Industry Working knowledge of reaction modeling, material property prediction, CFD and simulation software Knowledge of Tech Transfer and Master Validation Plans

EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE : Required: Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Packaging Engineering or related field 5 years related work experience in engineering, maintenance and operations Desired: Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Packaging Engineering or related field Proven success working in a fast-paced start up environment 7+ years of work experience in manufacturing (preferably in medical device, chemical, aerosol, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical industry) Previous experience working in a Lean environment Six Sigma green or Black Belt Certification 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Primarily in a warehouse environment. Will be expected to travel as needed. Periodic work on off shifts may be required to support your projects. Company Description About Central Coast Agriculture:

Headquartered north of Santa Barbara in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, CCA is a company focused on utilizing science and sustainability to grow quality, modern crops. Our unmatched commitment to innovating both organic farming and modern manufacturing means our customers have access to products that exceed expectations.

We breed, grow, and cultivate the highest quality cannabis so we can then process, manufacture, and package the highest quality single-source products on the market under our brand, Raw Garden.

We are a team of change makers, modern farmers, scientists, and business professionals focused on leading the charge for agricultural innovation.

We are on a mission to be the most trusted and loved brand in Cannabis.

Keywords: Central Coast Agriculture, Inc., Lompoc , Mechanical Engineer, Other , Lompoc, California

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