Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Industrial Engineer in Norwood, Massachusetts

Industrial Engineer at ITW

Job Description

Industrial Engineer – Sustaining Engineering Group

We a looking for an energetic engineer to join Instron’s Sustaining Engineering group. Our multidisciplinary group of engineers is responsible for engineering product support and ensuring our sophisticated machinery, instruments, and accessories are built efficiently and with the highest quality. In this manufacturing-based role, you will be focused on driving improvements through the implementation of lean and in-lining based activities. You will be our lean and continuous improvement coach, responsible for mentoring and leading specific projects within manufacturing. Success in this role will require working closely with the Norwood Operations, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Engineering groups. Ideally, you will have a proven history of successful prior lean implementation and continuous improvement.

Generally, responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate, facilitate and run continuous improvements program/events.

  • Involve and collaborates with production teams to define existing processes and identify improvement opportunities through the use of value stream mapping, process mapping and flow charting.

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain group in determining the packaging and sizing requirements for kanbans, along with implementation on the shop floor.

  • Define and document standardized work for each cell. Create photo-based work instructions for each unit of standard work.

  • Provide training to employees in the work to be performed in each cell.

  • Work with shop-floor teams to explore optimal layouts for improving ergonomics within each cell and line.

  • Implement demand based pull system for each line working on corporate principles.

  • Establish cycle times for each cell and total times for each production line.

  • Develop fixtures and identify tooling necessary to facilitate product assembly and promote poke-a-yoke

  • Implement visual process controls in the factory which convey cell and line status.

  • Establish timelines for each project, track results and report status to management.


  • B.S. Degree in Industrial, Manufacturing, or Mechanical Engineering, or Operations Management

  • Minimum of 3 year’s experience working in a manufacturing factory environment successfully implementing lean improvements.

  • Team player focused on encouraging employee involvement in improvement activities and promoting change.

  • Must have strong people skills necessary to interact with and convey ideas to individuals at all levels in the organization

  • Demonstrates and promotes of Instron’s Values & Behaviors (transparency, inclusion, respect, courage, ownership and curiosity).

  • Demonstrated understanding of modern manufacturing techniques and concepts. Ability to discuss concepts and train others.

  • Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, Power Point, Access.

  • Strong analytical skills combined with the ability to prepare and present timelines, proposals, summaries and status reports.

  • Prior experience or involvement with cost accounting and or purchasing a plus.

  • Experience in mechanical design, troubleshooting, and technical problem-solving preferred.

  • Knowledge of Solidworks (including 2D engineering drawings) a plus.


  • Limited travel. Travel to other Instron facilities or suppliers when related to specific projects


  • Reports to Sustaining Engineering Manager with project based direction from Director of Manufacturing.