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Program Engineer

Company: Illinois Tool Works
Location: Elmhurst
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Company Description

ITW (Illinois Tool Works Inc.) is a Fortune 200 company and is one of the world's leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, automotive components, consumables, and related service businesses. ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with operations in 55 countries and an employee base of more than 48,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 17,000 granted and pending patents.

The Seats, Safety & Motion Division within the ITW Automotive Segment delivers highly differentiated, precision-engineered plastic solutions to our "80" global OEMs & Tiers across North America and Europe through customer back innovation, targeted at addressing the emerging pain points associated with passenger seating & comfort, and ensuring best-in-class quality & delivery through our commitment to 80/20 operational excellence.

Job Description


ITW Seats, Safety & Motion "SSM" is seeking a Program Engineer, responsible for various product development Programs from concept to launch and beyond using engineering skills to translate customer needs to profitable tangible products, focused on sustainable differentiation. Working both independently and interdependently using the APQP system to maintain communication technically, financially, and operationally. Works directly with the Program Manager and as a key member of our "Safety" product line Engineering team, to satisfy technical data to customer. The Program Engineer will be based at our manufacturing facility in Elmhurst, Illinois with ability to work remotely.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES: may include some of the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Full responsibility for respective Program Launch- timing, MRD's, onsite customer support at launch
  • Customer interface for all engineering issues including:
  • 2D Drawings / 3D Models, Specifications and Timelines
  • Data Collection for quote to customer
  • Quote product with the Program Manager.
  • Engineering changes with respective price increase/decrease
  • Tool development/tracking/changes and financial impact of changes
  • FMEA's, PFMEA's, PDT meetings (phone and at customer)
  • Follow-up and follow-though customer defined timing

  • Define, manage quote, select, and manage sub-suppliers for Program
  • Own the Program design from concept to production and ensure smooth Program launch
  • Identify, define, lead and manage engineering changes
  • Responsible for ongoing VA/VE activities for current production products to improve VM, as well as, customer VA/VE requirements
  • Administration of Program launch milestones (APQP)
  • Participates in customer meetings during engineering phase until transferred to the operation team
  • Uses the New Product Development process to plan and implement Program schedules, and action plans to meet product and process development timelines. Ensure best practice approaches for Program management are used and ensure optimal utilization of resources.
  • Work with Manufacturing team to develop processes and tooling necessary to manufacture new products.
  • Apply engineering expertise to write technical documents, such as design standards and operating procedures.
  • Acts as the internal and external trusted advisor to address customer product/application needs.
  • Applies ITW Toolbox to assure proper execution of Programs from the design to manufacturing.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Technology)
  • Minimum of 4 years Engineering work experience
  • Working knowledge of CAD (SolidWorks or CATIA)
  • Project Management experience required
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel
  • Solid business acumen and basic accounting knowledge
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills with internal / external stakeholders


  • Project Management
  • Technical Acumen
  • Analytical Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking/Innovation
  • Consulting/consultative Approach
  • Reduces Complexity


  • Knowledge of the automotive industry
  • Understanding of automation and assembly process
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) knowledge
  • LEAN manufacturing and Design for Manufacturability knowledge
  • Ability to convert customer specifications to value added solutions
  • Leadership skills

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: Illinois Tool Works, Elmhurst , Program Engineer, Other , Elmhurst, Illinois

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