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Continuous Improvement Engineer / Entry-Level College Grad

20002043 Requisition #

Pella Corporation
Pella, IA
Continuous Improvement Engineer - Entry-Level College Grad


Who Is Pella Corporation?


Pella Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of windows and doors in North America; as a leader in technology and product innovation, Pella has been awarded more than 150 product and design patents.  And the team at Pella is as committed as ever to continuing the company's proud heritage of building innovative windows and doors.


At Pella, we want to help you find what makes you an extraordinary team member. That’s why we offer individualized talent development plans, cross-functional experiences, and opportunities for career advancement through personal and professional development.


Our national brand is supported by 7,000+ team members at 17 manufacturing sites and 70+ sales branches across the country who are dedicated to serving our customers with Pella Passion — a way of being that inspires us to go above and beyond for each other, our customers, and our communities. Pella Passion has guided our actions for 95 years and will carry us forward as we capture the rare blend of inspired design and exceptional detail in our work and our lives. 


The Continuous Improvement Engineer leads continuous improvement, lean activities to deliver quality, time, and cost performance improvement...relentlessly pursing a better way!  

  • Performs traditional Industrial Engineering activities in support of new product line starts and/or relocation.
  • Leads a team of CI technicians. Responsible for effective communication of engineering information among team members.  
  • Follows the structure of the Pella Project Management, Safety, Continuous Improvement and Quality Systems throughout project execution.
  • Goes Gemba to investigate problems to identify root cause and develops corrective actions in order to reach and sustain improvement goals.
  • Supports and leads development of an army of problem solvers.


Job Duties for the Continuous Improvement Engineer:

  • Conceives, develops and implements projects to improve total productivity in support of Safety, Quality and Productivity Teams.  
  • Participates in or directs activities to improve products, processes and/or equipment through application of Kaizen techniques, including Product/Process Preparation events.  
  • Provides engineering support to Continuous Improvement through the active participation in various Kaizen events (shop floor, business process, and/or product/process preparation).  
  •  Enthusiastically participates on Kaizen team activities.

Essential job qualifications for the Continuous Improvement Engineer includes the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required. Engineering Bachelor’s Degree preferred. 
  • At least one to three years engineering experience within the manufacturing industry.  Co-op or internship experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications as well as Minitab
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD preferred
  • Practicing knowledge of Lean Sigma principals and tools
  • Lean Sigma Green or Black Belt Certified and/or ASQ Certified Quality Engineer preferred


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The qualifications, physical demands and work environment characteristics listed in the job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to successfully perform the job.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Pella Corporation is committed to workforce diversity. Pella is a Tobacco-Free Work Environment.  Pella participates in E- Verify.  Pella will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Pella Corporation provides a working environment free of discrimination and harassment.  Pella Corporation treats all persons equally, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability, as each is protected under federal law. A number of states in which Pella operates have laws protecting classifications of Team Members not necessarily protected under federal law. Therefore, Pella also treats all persons equally, regardless of political affiliation and belief, pregnancy, national origin, age, creed, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, mental disorder, veteran status, ancestry or handicap as each category is protected under a municipal ordinance or state law.

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