Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Job Summary

Plans, organizes and directs manufacturing engineering projects & efforts to meet company objectives for cost, efficiency, product yields and on-time delivery. Manufacturing DFM representative for new product development. Manufacturing lead for product transitions to manufacturing with respect to readiness assessment, process capability assurance and product maturation planning and execution.


  • Responsible for the direction and daily management of all manufacturing engineering efforts and planning for Axsun assembly operations
  • Broad expertise or unique knowledge of micro-assembly or optical module manufacturing processes for multiple products lines. Uses professional knowledge in developing process resolutions. Subject matter expert in micro-assembly technology
  • Identifies success-limiting manufacturing issues, forms and leads teams positively impacting manufacturing and overarching processes
  • Establishes, leads and/or approves action plans in (FMEA) and root cause analysis
  • Define focus areas for cross functional teams and drives the implementation of product/material/process improvements related to assembly operations
  • Assists in design of new products, contributing a strong DFM perspective
  • Assists in design and implementation of new technology including new approaches to tooling, fixturing and processes
  • Acts independently as well as lead teams to proactively address and prevent the need for corrective actions
  • Work on large size projects with no supervision
  • Broad expertise or unique knowledge uses skills to contribute to development of company objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways
  • Apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts. Contribute to the development of new principles and concepts
  • Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires effective evaluation of intangibles
  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Provides guidance and training to more junior engineers, technicians and production operators



  • Requires Master’s degree or equivalent in ME, EE, IE, OE, Physics or other relevant field
  • 10+ years of experience in manufacturing engineering, high and low volume production lines, preferably in the field of optical module assembly
  • Proven experience in leading others with a proactive attitude
  • Strong knowledge of DOE and/or other advanced process improvement tools a definite plus
  • Experience in Project Management tools and principals required

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills working in a cross-functional, regulated environment
  • Expert with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio) to create schedules, presentations, graphs and charts and doing analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with persons at all levels of the organization
  • Strong attention to details
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workflow and to meet established time frames

Problem Solving and Decision Making

  • Develops solutions to a variety of complex technical problems; ensures solutions are consistent with organization objectives

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to hear, speak and write effectively to vendors, other outside business associates and to all to levels of personnel with the Axsun organization, on the phone, in person or in written correspondence
  • Requires ability to perform hands-on equipment and fixturing work, ability to run complex assembly machinery
  • Ability to lift 25+ lbs

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise a group of 2-6 engineers and technicians depending on skills, desires and need

Travel Requirements

  • May require sporadic to travel to vendor sites