Process Expert -SMT
Process Engineer

Location Flora, IL, USA

Pacesetting. Passionate. Together. Since 1899, HELLA, one of the leading automotive suppliers worldwide, has shaped the industry with innovative lighting systems and vehicle electronics. In addition, the company is one of the most important partners of the aftermarket and independent workshops. What motivates us: Shaping the mobility of tomorrow and fostering the central market trends such as autonomous driving, efficiency and electrification, connectivity and digitization as well as individualization. Every day, 39,000 employees worldwide are committed to this with passion, know-how and innovative strength.

Job Summary

Participation in the development and approval of SMT-family of processes and technologies to conform to the global and industry requirements for the process specific equipment. Primary responsibility for providing technical support, monitoring of the processes, as well as initiating and implementing improvement measures to build a quality product in the required amount of time.


Duties and Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


  1. Create new and maintain existing programs for production equipment to conform to company and industry standards for the specific application.
  2. Develop new processes that utilize new technology and create specifications for the parameters, data recording (SPC), failure/downtime logs, communication protocol, handling, user interface, calibrations, and function of the station.
  3. Coordinate all aspects of assigned processes working with the Manufacturing Engineer to include:  input, output, SPC, traceability, efficiencies and material flow.
  4. Ensure maximum first pass yield and minimum scrap from assigned processes to meet or exceed the target agreement, Plant KPIs, and personal goals.
  5. Develop and present PowerPoint presentations to address specific requirements, process operations, and improvements to KPIs.
  6. Prepare and enforce Design for Manufacturability guidelines by providing manufacturability input to Design Group for new and existing products.
  7. Specify, procure, validate, and release to production, manufacturing equipment needed for new processes.
  8. Ensure new and existing equipment meets or exceeds company standards for ergonomics, operations, operator signals and interface, as well as support targets for cycle time and changeovers.
  9. Develop and present financial analysis to secure justification to purchase new equipment within area of responsibility.
  10. Proactively support DFM activities by providing technical leadership to the Development Engineering and Production teams for new and existing processes.
  11. Perform capability studies to validate equipment, ensuring process and production quality levels are optimal for production release.
  12. Establish and maintain process instructions, calibration schedules, preventive maintenance planning, and documentation.
  13. Develop and provide training for procedures, equipment, and processes.
  14. Develop and implement cost reduction and continuous improvement actions on new and existing products.
  15. Ensure environmental health and safety compliance of equipment and processes.
  16. Develop corrective action and preventative actions for customer returns.
  17. Strive for continuous improvement in performing job duties and responsibilities.
  18. Review and respond to daily correspondence in a timely manner.
  19. Perform annual job performance evaluations in coordination with the department manager.
  20. Execute other assignments as designated by the manager.
  21. Domestic and international travel may be required.
  22. Must complete the required training for the position (see Training Plan for Engineering).



QUALIFICATIONS - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Five (5) or more years experience in the electronic manufacturing industry.
  • Bachelor degree in Electronic, Electrical, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Technology.
  • Preferred automotive manufacturing experience (TS and AIAG standards).
  • High level of soldering experience to include working to J-STD and IPC standards.
  • Ideal candidate will have working knowledge of PCB assembly and box assembly processes to include extensive experience with surface mount technology (SMT), automated optical inspection (AOI), automated x-ray inspection (AXI), solder paste inspection (SPI), vision software and hardware applications, laser barcode marking/scanning, and moisture sensitive component storage.
  • Familiarity with common equipment supplier software and hardware (Fuji NXTs, Goepel AXI, Orprovision/Delta V AOI, Parmi SPI, Koh Young 3D AOI, Rehm Reflow Ovens, iTAC MES Suite).
  • Must have excellent troubleshooting and problem solving ability.  Black or Green Belt preferred.
  • Must be professionally assertive.
  • Must be willing to take a leadership role in all assigned activities.
  • High level of accuracy is mandatory.
  • Must be conscientious and maintain confidentiality in daily operations.
  • Conduct daily duties in a professional appearance and manner.
  • Requires effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and computer literacy.
  • Must be able to lead a team and work in a team environment.



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HELLA Electronics Corporation
Ms. Lara Schumacher
1101 Vincennes Avenue
Flora, Illinois 62839