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Manufacturing Engineer, Machining Plant 

Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi


KOHLER Engines, a division of KOHLER Co., has powered the toughest equipment in the commercial world since 1920. KOHLER Engines manufactures small engines for riding lawn mowers, garden tractors, walk-behind lawn mowers, concrete construction equipment, outdoor power equipment, welders, pressure washers and other products. For more information about KOHLER Engines, please visit 

The manufacturing engineer will be responsible for developing and maintaining processes for machining engine components from aluminum and cast iron components.  This includes: basic programming of CNC machines and robotic systems; analyzing and driving operational capacity; and capital improvements in key machining cells, along with supporting operations with day-to-day manufacturing problems. The Engineer will coordinate the efforts of other departments in terms of cost reduction initiatives, Design Engineering changes, Quality Control initiatives, and Maintenance to produce high quality products competitively.  Other responsibilities include driving the preventative maintenance programs and equipment uptime goals to meet plant and departmental goals and objectives to support production schedules.  

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Become very familiar with the Engine families produced in Hattiesburg, equipment used, and processes in place, and have the ability to troubleshoot engine or component production problems. When a production department has problems manufacturing per engineering print tolerances or specifications, investigate immediate problems and coordinate the efforts of Production, Inspection/Quality, and Maintenance supervision until problem is resolved.
  • Analyze present manufacturing sequence of operations and suggest and implement changes in method, machines, or machine layout. These changes should reduce cost and/or improve product flow to assure maximum quantity and quality from production equipment.
  • Assist and lead the setup of basic equipment and processes used to effectively produce process capability requirements and, in turn, setting up control charts for critical operations to verify 100% conformance to meeting quality requirements.
  • Works through receiving general direction but exercises discretion as to personal work details.
  • Assist Senior Engineers in launching new products into assembly in terms of reviewing equipment changes, new equipment procurement, creating and managing the manufacturing and capacity planning, and driving actions for production launch of the product into the assembly process.
  • Become a lead in driving continuous improvements in the process by effectively communicating with multiple departments and stake holders in the operations. 
  • Manage manufacturing engineering activities for new process and product introduction to assure schedules are met and proper equipment and tooling is available. Also identify and implement cost reductions.
  • Aid in developing Capital Planning Projects for Capacity, Quality, and Cost Reduction opportunities and provide effective verbal and written communication to justify.
  • Execute plant ISO procedures for new equipment maintenance programs, process change follow-up and post audits, along with providing technical guidance to other engineers and technicians.
  • Involved in or assisting with program changes on machines including tooling/fixture specifications and procurement, as required, in the assigned area responsibility. 
  • Personally demonstrate and drive the Kohler Core Competencies. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology required.
  • 5+ years of work experience in a technical and complex industry of manufacturing components and systems preferred.
  • Experience in production of small engines or equivalent technology preferred.
  • Technical competence in equipment design and robotic equipment preferred.
  • Experience with programming PLC systems is considered a plus. 

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates’ development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual’s personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

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