Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Location: Hayward, CA
Job Code: 12-R-108
# of openings: 1



Manufacturing Systems Engineer


The Company

With more than 275 patents and the largest team of industrial machine vision experts anywhere in the world, Cognex has set the standard for innovation in the machine vision industry. But our innovation goes beyond technology; we are also known for the creative programs we have designed to recognize and reward the employees whose efforts keep us at the top of our field. Our ‘work hard, play hard, move fast’ culture is challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

As we continue on our successful journey, we are looking to add more talented, innovative and dedicated engineers to our team. So, if you are someone who enjoys work because of the sense of accomplishment that it gives you, and if you want to be part of a high impact team working for a financially strong, global company that is the leader in the machine vision industry, then contact us, because working at Cognex is not just a job….it’s a passion!

The Role:

This position is responsible for the strategic direction and coordination of manufacturing engineering within Cognex SISD. You will engage with Marketing and Product Planning to define future product requirements, lead the design, optimization and maintenance of our hardware platforms optimizing performance, power, integration and cost. Working directly with software, operations, product management and executive management teams.

Essential Functions:

  1. New product introduction for Manufacturing to assure the smooth transition of new products into the production environment, including working with Engineering and Marketing to establish product specification
  2. Participate as manufacturing engineering lead on concurrent engineering teams with various internal groups to plan and execute new product initiatives
  3. Leads all product introduction plans with subcontractors for new product introductions to ensure smooth transition from design to manufacturing
  4. Defines requirements to analyze/ monitor contract manufacturer supplied process yield and defect data
  5. Supports engineering development by coordinating the manufacture of engineering prototypes, evaluation/ test units and pre-production units
  6. Participate in system development activity to assure our designs are technically sound and we meet requirements, packaging testing and compliance standards (CE, UL, FCC, TUV, etc)
  7. Leads Design for Manufacturability (DFM) with our subcontractors and design engineers
  8. Participate in Design for Testability (DFT) reviews on new products and systems
  9. Provide innovative leadership in product development process improvements and refinements particularly as they apply to electronic hardware development
  10. Ensures supplier quality performance by determining root cause of failures at subcontractors site, ensuring appropriate corrective action plans are developed and implemented and by driving ongoing production yield improvements
  11. Leads new supplier qualification initiatives to ensure requirements can be met

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge base of current electronic components, software and sub-assemblies, SMT & PCB layout and design issues
  2. Advanced knowledge of systems such as MRP, Access or Oracle database, AutoCAD, Solidworks or Visio
  3. Strong individual contributor with excellent written and verbal communication skills is required
  4. Good analytical skills and an ability to think strategically and act tactically
  5. Machine Vision/Image processing hardware experience
  6. Familiarity with inspection systems, cameras, and sensors a plus
  7. Extensive knowledge in ECO process
  8. Demonstrated expertise developing and documenting methods of manufacturing electronic products

Preferred work experience 

  1. Formal ASQ training and 5 years of experience with the following: ISO/ QS 9000, Six Sigma, Kan-Ban, TQM, SPC, 8D, FMEA and ISO auditing

Minimum education and work experience required:

  1. BSME or equivalent
  2. 5+ years of experience working in a manufacturing engineering capacity in a high growth, dynamic environment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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