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Engineering Technician

Location: Milford, IA, United States
Business Unit: Safco Products
Remote Type: No Remote

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This role will be the get it done resource for process improvement initiatives that will yield major efficiencies and cost savings for the company. Full exposure to the entire business, working inter-functionally and offering technical expertise or support with our Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance & Tool and Die, Operations, Safety Teams, etc.

This full-time position reports directly to the Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Manager and is located at Safco Products manufacturing plant in Milford, Iowa.


  • Identifies opportunities and implements changes to improve products and reduce costs using knowledge of technical processes (fabrication: metal/wood, welding, powder-coat paint, etc.), tooling and production equipment, quality control standards, product design, materials and parts to deliver ergonomic improvements, cost savings, and quality improvements year over year.
  • Determine root causes of failures using detailed observation and statistical methods to partner with teams to provide and drive solutions.
  • Recommend/implement changes in designs, tolerance, or processing methods.
  • Support Manufacturing Engineers with the get it done mentality by following plans they set or even filling in the missing details.
  • Responsible for implementation and coordination of cell layout for existing and new products once designed by Manufacturing Engineer
  • Partnership with Manufacturing Engineer on new equipment installation.
  • Incorporate new methods and processes to improve existing operations.
  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials or processes.
  • Support the review of product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
  • Construct functional prototype tooling, fixturing and components.
  • Completion of time studies to ensure accuracy for efficiency.
  • Develop/revise documentation (eg: deviations to routings, work instructions/SOPs, time studies, BOM corrections, updating changes to RBFs) for new and existing products.
  • Train production personnel in new or existing methods.
  • Communicate manufacturing capabilities or other information to facilitate production processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Associate degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering Technology, related field or equivalent experience.
  • Must have 5-10 years of related experience working in manufacturing.
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints (drawings).
  • Experience in gathering and implementing labor standards.
  • Must be able to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis.
  • Must be able to efficiently organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit high attention to detail and exercise sound judgment in decisions.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Team Player and Collaboration skills.


  • Prior work experience in Wood, Metal Fabrication, Welding, Power-Coat Paint or Sewing/Upholstery is a plus.
  • Experience with AutoCAD, Solid Works is a plus.
  • Experience welding or running CNC machines preferred.
  • Prior work experience with JDE/Oracle in a manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma experience a plus.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work in hot, humid, and cold manufacturing environment
  • Must be able to work in crowded spaces for 4+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to bend and stoop for 7+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to stand for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to walk for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to reach and grasp up to 6+ hours per shift

about our company:

Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota,Liberty Diversified International (LDI)is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products.

Since 1918, our values Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and service for our customers. The LDI family of companies includesLiberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom SolutionsandQuarrix Building Products) and Safco.

Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.