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Manufacturing Engineer I

Location: Hampton, Georgia
Job Type: Full-time

Job Summary:

Southern States is a highly diverse manufacturing facility developing engineer-to-order products for customers. The Manufacturing Engineering department is responsible for providing support across all corporate manufacturing departments and is seeking to expand the team with a hands-on individual who has the desire to help grow the organization through the development of manufacturing capabilities and efficiency gains.

Southern States manufacturing operations include a full-scale fabrication shop specializing in structural fabrications and copper processing, a machine shop with both manual and CNC equipment, a silver plating department, and many assembly areas designed for assembly of various product lines. The manufacturing engineering team is responsible for support to all areas, through the development of tools, dies, fixtures, and rapid improvement events. The team also manages new equipment specifications, planning, and implementation focused on efficiency gains and cost reductions. Other team functions include data analytics, new product launch support, facility redesign and manufacturing software support.

Essential Duties:

  • Design (3D model – SolidWorks), build, and test assembly tooling, machining fixtures, welding jigs, and die sets as required to successfully build Southern States product.
  • Specify, evaluate, quote, and coordinate capital equipment investments and purchases from conception to installation.
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods within all departments.
  • Analyze and plan work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow.
  • Design layout of equipment and workspaces for maximum efficiency.
  • Work with planning and design staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Plan, design and implement rapid improvement (lean, 6 sigma) technology to reduce production lead-times and work-in-process inventory.
  • Confer with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Estimate production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
  • Coordinate with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.
  • Apply statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have strong communication skills and the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels. An individual must also be familiar with SolidWorks 3D modeling and drafting, with a basic knowledge of manufacturing processes such as welding and machining. A four-year college degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent work experience is required.

Manufacturing Engineer I

At Southern States, you will enjoy an excellent benefits package, including 11 paid holidays, 401K retirement savings, medical, dental, and other benefits.

Southern States, LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employment without regards to race, color, religion or belief, sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.