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Location: Pewaukee, WI
Posted on: 2014-05-29
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Manufacturing Engineer

Sailing and Harken are synonymous. Our company has been in the business of designing, manufacturing, and marketing top of the line sailboat hardware and accessories for over 40 years. If you have a positive can-do attitude, and enjoy a casual, but fast paced work environment, we want you!

The employee will:

  • have strong customer service skills, attention to detail and be able to prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines.
  • be self-motivated to accomplish goals on time and succeed despite obstacles, exhibit problem solving skills and interact effectively with other team members.
  • enjoy working in a team environment, taking pride in your individual performance and sharing credit for successes with members of the team.
  • promote positive customer relations through prompt, courteous and efficient service.

TITLE: Manufacturing Engineer

REPORTS TO: Engineering Manager

BASED AT: Harken, Inc., Pewaukee, WI

STATUS: Exempt, Full-time


The manufacturing engineer will play a lead role in planning, directing, and coordinating manufacturing processes and process improvement. In conjunction with Engineering and Production Management, develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods. This process will be guided by solid knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling, production equipment capabilities, assembly method, and quality control standards.


  • Observe all manufacturing processes and develop improvements to increase productivity, reduce scrap, improve quality, support safety initiatives, and improve workflow
  • Work directly with product development teams to introduce new products on time and budget
  • Research and develop new manufacturing methods to reduce lead times, costs and improve quality
  • Develop and maintain key performance indicators for manufacturing operations
  • Improve documentation levels for manufacturing processes
  • Maintain quality assurance standards, processes and controls
  • Provide input on new plant layout to optimize workflow and efficiency
  • Collaborate with continuous improvement team to facilitate process improvements throughout Harken


  • Bachelor level degree Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Technology or Quality
  • A minimum of three to five years demonstrated work experience
  • Experience analyzing and making recommendations regarding manufacturing processes, quality and training
  • Knowledge of Kaizen tools and/or Six Sigma
  • Proficient in SolidWorks
  • Familiarity with ISO 9000 certification process
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skill
  • Excellent problem solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadline and goals despite unexpected setbacks, obstacles or time constraints
  • Team player able to interact in a positive, constructive manner with staff members on all levels within the company
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, feel or handle objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands or arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception and the ability to focus.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all qualifications, responsibilities, duties or skills required.


HARKEN offers a comprehensive benefits package, including Health and Life insurance, FLEX benefits, 401k, paid vacations/holidays, and more.


Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories.

Manufacturing facilities are located at company headquarters, Pewaukee Wisconsin, USA, and Limido Comasco, Italy. Sales offices are located in San Diego, California; Tampa, Florida; Newport, Rhode Island; La Rochelle, France; Lymington, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Warsaw, Poland. Harken distributors and dealers are found in almost every country.

Harken products can be found on the smallest dinghies to the largest mega yachts throughout the world. We are the dominant hardware supplier to such events as the America's Cup and Olympics.


Candidates will need to provide a cover letter and resume. Please include salary requirements.

Submit your resume via email to: beth.spencer@harken.com

No phone calls please! 

There is no relocation offered for this position.

Harken is an equal opportunity employer. 

  • United States
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italia
  • New Zealand
  • Polska
  • Sverige
  • UK