Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description
Company Overview

A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE) develops and manufactures advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and energy storage systems for the transportation, electric grid and commercial markets. A123s high-performance Nanophosphate lithium ion battery technology delivers high power and energy density combined with excellent safety performance and extensive life cycling in a lighter-weight, compact package. The company was founded in 2001 based on novel nanoscale technology initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Based in Waltham, Mass., A123 currently employs more than 2,000 people globally.

A123s growing list of blue-chip customers in the automotive market includes leading passenger car makers (including BMW, GM, Fisker Automotive and SAIC, the largest automaker in China) as well as companies focused on the truck/bus market (including Eaton, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles and BAE Systems). A123 is also the leading producer of lithium ion battery energy storage solutions for the electric power grid, where its technology is helping to make ancillary services more efficient and cost-effective while also addressing enabling the increased penetration of renewable energy by addressing the variability of wind and solar power. Customers include AES, Southern California Edison, DTE Energy and Vestas. For additional information please visit .

Position Overview

As part of a New Product Development team, the Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer supports all manufacturing engineering activities for battery module and pack product line.

Primary responsibilities

Support New Product Development activities from concept to ramp up production. As a member of the product development team, provide direction on costing, manufacturability changes, equipment selection, capacity analysis & quality.

Provide support on engineering prototype builds, pilot production and production.

Support product transitions from the US to low cost production regions, primarily China as necessary.

Develop APQP Automotive level manufacturing documentation required to support production builds. These documents include work instructions, quality SPC targets, Gauge R & R and other manufacturing related documentation.

Lead Process FMEA activities to ensure process shortcomings are identified and addressed. Participate in design FMEA activities.

Support continuous improvement manufacturing engineering activities to achieve and exceed quality targets. Use statistical techniques as a tool to improve existing processes and define new processes Develop and support new manufacturing processes required to support new technologies.

Support BOM verification and ECO activities. Support and qualify product changes.

Participate in Product Design reviews to insure manufacturability of products. Plan, execute and analyze properly designed experiments.

Additional tasks as assigned by supervisor.


BS in Manufacturing, Industrial Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Masters Preferred.

5yrs + experience in Product Manufacturing.

Knowledge of Lean manufacturing, APQP and Six Sigma Principles.

Experience in automation and tooling.

Note: This position is based Michigan; it will require travel to manufacturing operations in Asia and Massachusetts.


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