MAY 15, 2018

American Outdoor Brands Corporation: Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer/Springfield, MA

At American Outdoor Brands, we are proud to offer some of the most popular names in the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets!

We are dedicated to creating, growing, and preserving strong consumer brands that deliver innovative and high-quality products. Our efforts focus on meeting the needs of consumers who have a passion for the adventure, freedom, and personal inspiration offered by embracing the great outdoors. We have successfully grown from a single firearms operating division founded in 1852 under the iconic Smith & Wesson brand to four operating divisions today.

With more than 18 highly respected consumer brands -- and growing -- we are well positioned to serve the large outdoor lifestyle products market opportunity. American Outdoor Brands Corporation represents our enhanced strategic direction, our broad range of product offerings, and our plan to continue building upon our portfolio of strong American brands. American Outdoor Brands Corporation serves as the holding company for the historic Smith & Wesson Corp., Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., and Crimson Trace Corporation, which represent our firearms, manufacturing services, accessories, and electro-optics divisions.

We have only just begun our journey toward achieving our vision of being the leading provider of high-quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast. This large and growing market is populated by active lifestyle consumers who pursue their activities with passion and seek out brands they can trust. With a track record of creating, preserving, and acquiring respected brands, we remain committed to our future growth -- focusing on brands that best support the needs and lifestyle of our valued customers.

American Outdoor Brands (and its affiliates) is an equal opportunity employer, and considers for employment and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, military service, application for military service, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Candidates must possess proper authorization to work in the United States and, where applicable, to possess technical data as defined in the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 CFR 120.10.

The Manufacturing Engineer will develop and implement optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. The position will recommend and implement improvements to production processes, methods and controls. It will also coordinate manufacturing launch for new or revised products. Priorities include process improvement, problem resolution, project management and employee training.


Essential duties include the following - other duties may be assigned:

  • Performs research, design and development of manufacturing processes, including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment.
  • Must be able to understand and interpret complex part drawings and understand product design intent.
  • Coordinates the manufacturing launch of new/revised products, including establishing goals, training team members and evaluating results.
  • Use appropriate project management techniques to insure tools, gauges, fixtures, equipment, routings and CMM/CNC programs are fully defined, documented and implemented.
  • Designs, develops, tests or sources and cost-justifies various tools, machinery and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods.
  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement and efficiency improvement.
  • Responsibility to manage and maintain the accuracy of the S&W manufacturing routing database including operation sequence and description , labor hours, set-up and changeover times and machine cycle times as well as appropriate work instructions where applicable.
  • Must work effectively with external technical support, and continuously train internal staff.
  • Represents manufacturing on cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Works with minimal supervision, establish priority and meet scheduled completion dates.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Experience, Competencies and Education:

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree (BSME) or equivalent and 1-5 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment (preferably in the firearms industry, and a strong understanding of lean principles)
  • Experience with PCDMS CMM programming preferred
  • Experience with Solid Works preferred
  • Experience in addressing needs and concerns of shop personnel in a manufacturing environment and reflecting a background of good customer service skills

Language Skills:

  • Must have working command of the English language
  • Must be able to read, write and interpret the English language
  • Must be able to communicate in English verbally and in writing (verbal instructions, written memos and instructions)

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
  • SolidWorks and or CAM knowledge a plus
  • CMM programming & PCDMS a plus

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • None


  • Complete all necessary training as required by assigned department and position
  • Participate in and follow all company initiatives
  • Participate in continuous improvement projects (Kaizen events, 5S, etc)


  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, climb, bend, stoop, push, pull, carry, reach, twist
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds


  • Safety glasses with side shields and hearing protection required when on factory floor
  • The use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required when a job task(s) is being completed in or around your assigned department or in another department, this includes safety eyewear, hearing protection, and safety footwear
  • All employees are required to apply ergonomic correctness to all job tasks


  • Normal office environment conditions
  • Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting
  • Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting

Applicants must be a "US person" or equivalent as defined by ITAR regulations to comply with US government export control regulations and requirements for this position. A "US person" is a US Citizen, a Naturalized US Citizen, or a Permanent Alien.

Benefits include competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee and qualifying dependents as well as 401(k) with company match, Profit Sharing plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, product discounts, and generous paid time off.

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