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General Electric Lead Manufacturing Specialist 1 - Prod Process and Equip in Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

Engineering associated with the manufacturing process. Responsible for departmental operations planning/execution or is focused on execution of professional activities within a technical discipline. Functions with some autonomy but guided by established policies or review of end results.

The job allows modification of procedures and practices covering work as long as the end results meet standards of acceptability (quality, volume, timeliness etc.).

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Define and control production process including tooling and equipment. Validate design specifications and shop floor application of new product, tools, or equipment.

  • Utilizes in-depth knowledge of a technical discipline and analytical thinking and technical experience to execute policy/strategy.

  • Has knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; is aware of the competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market

  • Uses some judgment and has some ability to propose different solutions outside of set parameters to address more complicated manufacturing processes with technical variety and/or interdependent production cycles. Uses technical experience and analytical thinking. Uses multiple internal and limited external sources outside of own teams to arrive at decisions.

  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May lead small projects with low risks and resource requirements. Explains information; developing skills to bring team members to consensus around topics within field. Conveys performance expectations and may handle sensitive issues.

  • Lead engineer accountable for multiple technical processes and equipment in the production of commercial nuclear fuel.Part of the technical team responsible for the Fuel Manufacturing operation in the Nuclear business.The team manufactures ceramic pellets and rod assemblies which are then assembled into nuclear fuel bundles for commercial nuclear power plants.This engineer is one of the responsible Area Engineers for Fuel Manufacturing Operations.

  • Area engineer responsible for Powder, Ceramic, and Assembly manufacturing processes including process development, monitoring, analysis, issue resolution, and change

  • Embrace Global Nuclear Fuel’s nuclear safety culture, where work is performed with an overriding priority on integrity, safety, security and quality.

  • Responsible for understanding Items Relied On For Safety (IROFS) and other safety controls for equipment and able to design, implement, execute, and review Function Test Instructions (FTIs) to ensure operability.

  • Ensure compliance with all safety and quality regulations and metrics through use of compliance calendars, databases and tracking systems.

  • Review, design, generate, update, and monitor manufacturing equipment, devices, systems and processes in the fuel fabrication area, including both mechanical and electrical/instrumentation aspects of equipment.

  • Develop and/or improve process automation of existing or new manufacturing processes.

  • Modernize manufacturing techniques and process monitoring to predict and prevent process upsets and downtime, and minimize scrap/waste generation.

  • Maintain, review, update and create area operating procedures (OPs), temporary operating procedures (TOPs), job hazards analyses (JHA) and chemical job hazards analyses (CJHA).

  • Responsible for supporting planned and unplanned maintenance activities.

  • Support New Product Introduction (NPI) initiatives in the fuel manufacturing operation, including process development and design of experiments (DOE)’s.

  • Identify and implement proactive solutions for incremental and step change process improvements related to safety, quality and output through use of Lean and Six Sigma tools.

  • Train and assess hourly operators in sound techniques and proper operation of equipment to meet safety, quality and output targets.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college (or a high school diploma / GED with at least 6 years of experience in Job Family Group(s)/Function(s)).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ability to wear protective clothing and a respirator in accordance with site requirements. Occasional respirator use in airborne contamination area.

Desired Characteristics

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems. Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs. Established project management skills.

  • Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Ceramics Engineering.

  • MS degree in Science or Engineering.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and process engineering skills.

  • Experience in nuclear fuel fabrication.

  • Experience with ceramics manufacturing and/or bulk powder processing and handling. (Sintering, Milling, Pressing, Blending, Sifting, Transport, etc.)

  • Familiar with basic operation, troubleshooting and application of industrial equipment and processes such as pumps, piping, motors, fans, valves, gears, mixing, heating, cooling, chemical reactions, furnaces, heat exchangers, hoods, vibrators, hydraulics etc.

  • Experience with programmable logic controllers (PLC), and/or Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and the associated human/machine interfaces (HMI).

  • Experience with creating and supporting process automation systems, process monitoring systems, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) creation and maintenance.

  • Experience with creation and support of automation equipment (steppers, servos, solenoids, cylinders, actuators, relays, etc.)

  • Experience with selection, calibration, and application of appropriate process monitoring I/O hardware (Temperature, Flow, Pressure, Level, Concentration, Density, Purity, Humidity, etc.)

  • Experience with developing, implementing, and using process historians to monitor operations.

  • Experience with identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to efficiently monitor for process health.

  • Experience with equipment installation and facilities modifications, including management of capital and expense projects.

  • Experience with NRC Regulations, Process Safety Management (PSM), Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) or Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA).

  • Proficiency with PC and productivity software [examples include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint]

  • Direct knowledge of FMO Fuel Business System software.

  • Demonstrated strong project management skills and success working on cross-functional teams.

  • Demonstrated work record of meeting goals and objectives.

  • Demonstrated use and understanding of a change management process.

  • Experience in manufacturing or nuclear procedure and training development.

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and function calmly and effectively in stressful situations.

  • Demonstrated high integrity in decisions, communications, actions and interpersonal relationships.

  • Six Sigma Certification

Available health and welfare benefits include healthcare, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage; savings account options (such as a Health Care Flexible Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account); and an employee assistance program. Additional benefits include a defined contribution 401(k) plan, employee life insurance, optional dependent life insurance, employee accidental death or dismemberment insurance coverage, salary continuance program benefits for disability, optional long-term disability, pre-tax transportation/commuter program, paid holidays, paid time off, parental leave, a layoff plan for salaried employees, tuition reimbursement program, use of Cariloop, adoption assistance, optional identity theft prevention insurance, optional personal legal assistance, and optional personal excess liability insurance.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes