Chief Project Management Engineer
South Bend, Indiana - Full Time

Founded in 1926, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) remains a family-owned South Bend, IN headquartered business which is currently actively operated by the 4th generation of the family.  MTI is the global leader in friction welding solutions with locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Slovakia, and a majority-owned facility in India. Leveraging an outstanding reputation and MTI’s strong customer relationships, MTI has developed a significant global presence as provider of critical friction welding solutions for Aerospace / Astro space, Automotive, Military, Oil & Gas and Mining industries and boasts customers such as NASA, Boeing, and large tier 1 automotive suppliers such as Rolls-Royce.  We are known as an independent, nimble, and fast responding partner for customized solutions. With over 250 global employees MTI generates over $50M in annual sales.  There are three main branches of the business: Global Friction Welding Machine Build, Regional Contract Welding and Resistance Welding in Europe. 

As our influence expands, we are searching for a highly skilled and strategic minded Chief Project Management Engineer to join our team of exceptionally dedicated and interconnected professionals in an exciting and rewarding technically advanced company.  Working closely with the President & CEO, this position will partner with the operational leaders and their teams to ensure the design, build and delivery of friction welding machines.  This cross-functional leadership position will manage the Project Engineering Team and project plans based on the budget and timeline as set by agreement amongst the operational leadership and ensure the proper assignment of resources to each project.

This newly created position aims to cement cooperative working relationships across all operational functional areas.  Implementing proven skills in operational, business, and strategic planning, as well as financial management, the incumbent will strengthen the operational team to achieve efficiency and quality gains.  Facilitation of resource planning discussions and project timeline creation will nurture effective communication and ensure timely project delivery.  This position will manage, track, and monitor impactful data that supports operational leaders in their journey to strengthen their leadership and business acumen.

Focusing on the Project Engineering group, this position is responsible for ensuring the Project Engineers shepherd projects through design, manufacture, installation, and obtaining final acceptance of friction welders and special tooling and handling equipment from our customers. This process begins with the acceptance of a proposal or purchase order.  The project engineer works closely with customers, vendors, and MTI personnel to ensure timely and profitable projects by applying their knowledge of machine design and manufacture where needed.  This important role strives to achieve success by following MTI’s Core Values: Purposeful Innovation, MTI Family Company, Stellar Reputation, Customer Intimate, Supported Accountability, and An Environment Where You Are Expected to Contribute and Grow.

Location: South Bend, IN

The Challenge:

MTI is a company in significant growth, and rapid development in terms of globalizing and becoming best in class. MTI is looking for driven, collaborative, and innovative people to help us achieve our goals.


  1. Facilitate the creation and management of a plan based on a budget and timeline agreed upon by the operational team that ensures the proper assignment of resources.
  2. Manage project execution through MTI’s Up Front Planning Process, cross functional reporting, capacity planning and tracking of progress.
  3. Guide, collaborate and influence operational leaders and process owners to ensure adherence to documented and agreed upon operational processes.
  4. Manage project scope changes and control project deliverables through machine start-up.
  5. Ensure development of Project Engineering Group through careful performance development plan design and support focusing on quality, accuracy, and timeliness.
  6. Ensure timely delivery of projects through time sheet, vacation approval and budget creation and management.
  7. Provide technical engineering leadership and support as required.
  8. Facilitate weekly cross functional meetings and discussions to ensure adherence to the project plan and to support the creation of planning adjustments as required so that the project remains on track.
  9. Prioritize and re-prioritize Department activities as needed.
  10. Facilitate Problem solving activities within the department as well as throughout the operations team providing and implementing continuous improvement suggestions.
  11. Support internal customers and suppliers including concept, design, purchasing, contract welding, and service.
  12. Monitor department and company adherence to their respective business processes.
  13. Support external customers by meeting or exceeding their expectations.
  14. Manage internal customers and suppliers for effective Project Management communication and follow up from Project Managers.
  15. Organize and maintain a weekly project review to ensure the review of each project and the communication of project status to the rest of the organization.
  16. Organize and maintain a weekly departmental meeting for team building, consistent communication, subordinate feedback, and group training.
  17. Ensure that decision making supports company strategy and goals.
  18. Provide and manage resource planning with adequate and timely information for use by the rest of the organization.
  19. Reduce costs via standardization, design re-use, material optimization, and improved project engineering process efficiency.
  20. Monitor the organization for use and adherence to the Quality Manual. 


  1. Demonstrated leadership proficiency and project management.
  2. Demonstrated flexibility to ensure effective work across the global organization.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate across the global organization.
  4. Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at one time.
  5. Experience with mentoring, coaching and/or training.
  6. Ability to multi-task, manage time and prioritize.
  7. Ability to make important decisions for the company.
  8. Experience/exposure in a Manufacturing Environment.
  9. Proficiency in MS Office computer skills.
  10. Ability to read blueprints, structure BOMs, and timelines.
  11. Experience in design, build, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), debugging, commissioning and start up activities of equipment.
  12. Experience in use of a business system, Made-2-Manage (M2M) preferred.
  13. Must conduct oneself with the highest level of professional and ethical standards. 


          3D CAD (Computer Aided Design)


  1. BS (Bachelor of Science) in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  2.  Seven (7) – ten (10) years’ experience in a managerial role and experience in project and/or department management
  3. At least five (5) years’ experience in project management; small to large ($1M -$55M project cost)
  4. Lean certification and/or Six Sigma Black Belt certification and experience
  5. At least three (3) years’ plant management experience

Job Type: Full-time
                 This is not a remote position. 
                 This position requires your onsite presence.


  • 401(k) matching
  • Health Insurance
  • H.S.A. with company contribution
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off, new hires receive 20 days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid short term disability
  • Continuing Education: Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary uniform service
  • EV charging station for employees


  • Day shift

MTI is a privately held company headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, specializing in transformational, custom-engineered joining solutions for manufacturing processes. Our leading-edge expertise is available on site worldwide. An ISO 9001, AS9100, and NADCAP registered company, we also provide contract welding services at our 115,000sq ft facility in South Bend, as well as at MTI Welding Technologies, Ltd. in Kingswinford, England.

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MTI is a EOE/Affirmative Action and Drug Free Workplace.