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Manufacturing Engineer

Date:  Jun 22, 2022

Scotts Valley, CA, US

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  X-Ray Technology

Manufacturing Engineer

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyze and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. At X-Ray Technology, we design, develop and manufacture x-ray tubes and sources for use in numerous applications in manufacturing and testing.


Great Perks and Benefits:

  • Generous benefit packages - We offer our employees a range of competitive health insurance options, including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) Work-life balance is a key part of our company culture here at OI, and we know that our employees do their best work when they can take the time they need to rest and recharge. Employees start with 4 weeks of annual PTO which is accrued each pay period.
  • Professional Development - OI supports you and your professional development with $5,250 available in annual tuition reimbursement after 6 months of service.


The Opportunity:

We are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer who will be responsible for one of the critical manufacturing processes in x-ray tube manufacturing and will lead yield and quality improvement projects specific to the area. Additionally, the Engineer will be responsible to report on RMA trends and drive quality improvement projects to reduce overall customer return rate.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create/update work instructions and standard work for assigned areas. Work with operators to document their processes, study the operations and work practices for improvements, and document/implement findings.
  • Quantify process improvements in terms of additional throughput, ergonomics, reduction in non-value-added activity, set up reduction time, and quality improvements. Work with the operators to identify work center improvements.
  • Analyze setup procedures for each assigned work area, documenting the current state and defining set up reduction opportunities, measure and implement. Implement a 5S process within each work cell, engaging the operators in this practice.
  • Promote a lean culture by leading Continuous improvement and Kaizen events, hosting formalized training, and managing the improvement of the company’s manufacturing process.
  • Create, improve, document, and sustain processes improvements and be an advocate for change.
  • Ensure that all decisions are driven by the data, and that cost savings/benefits are quantified and tracked.
  • Drive scrap reduction
  • Promote all Safety and 5-S policies and procedures; help run clean and safe work cells.
  • Research and develop proposals for new equipment and machinery. Prepare cost justifications and payback analysis. Contract with outside services firms for machine installation and set-up.
  • Perform analysis of RMA trends to complete feedback loop and drive implementation of corrective measures as guided by data.
  • Support and instill a culture of process discipline and controlled change and develop a partnership with design and production to engage all to embrace improvement opportunities.
  • Supports the Operations teams to delivers the measurable results as defined.
  • Work with NPI team during development of new products
  • Ensure smooth transition from NPI into production of new and modified products
  • Carry out any other tasks that may be reasonably required by the Company.



  • Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of three to five years’ experience with process and equipment, in a sustaining mode driving improvement.
  • Entry-level candidates and candidates without industry experience will not be considered for this role.


Professional Skills/Abilities:

  • Problem solving, quickly contain problems, lead and participate in problem solving activities to improve operations using problem solving methodologies like 8Ds, PDCA, DMAIC.
  • Proficient in LEAN tools such as value stream mapping, establishing standard work, ability to use mini tab when appropriate
  • Demonstrable experience of data analysis, and associated decision making based on this analysis.
  • Proficient in root cause analysis techniques
  • Should be able to drive own projects without external monitoring.



  • Experience in use of Solidworks (or similar)
  • Experience in implementation of Statistical Process Control (WinSPC or similar)
  • Experience working with PLCs (or similar) and/or process automation
  • Experience with x-ray tubes and high voltage systems


Oxford Instruments requires all employees to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work. The Company will consider requests for medical or religious accommodations as required by law.


Oxford Instruments is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Oxford Instruments is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.


Note to recruitment agencies: Oxford Instruments operates a Preferred Supplier List, and we do not accept unsolicited agency CVs. Please do not forward candidate details in response to this advert, or to any Oxford Instruments employees or other company locations. Oxford Instruments is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.



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