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Engineering Manager

Sterling Engineering

This is a Full-time position in tulare, CA posted January 3, 2023.

Job Summary:

The Engineering Manager will manage the development and execution of technical initiatives at the plant. This includes the management of process, reliability, automation/equipment engineering and project management for the plant engineering team.

Job Duties:

  • Partner with Plant Director of Corporate Director of Engineering to understand forecasted demand, conduct capacity analysis, ensure manpower and capital is in place to achieve requirements.
  • Develops and distributes progress and project status reports for plant projects.
  • Engages in creative problem solving to address operational issues including ergonomic/safety, efficiency improvements, process bottlenecks, quality concerns.
  • Work with the team to ensure manufacturing processes are effectively documented through work instructions and operating procedures.
  • Guides Manufacturing Engineering and support functions for current manufacturing processes, new process justification and implementation, machines, equipment, tooling and work standards.
  • Coordinates all Capex projects related to the facility including forecasting, planning and monitoring projects to completion. Coordinates outside vendors.
  • Partners with Plant Director and internal and external teams to ensure productivity compliance through process improvement and efficiency.
  • Drive safety awareness, comprehension, and compliance with all company, plant and OSHA requirements. Provide technical support as needed.
  • Provide guidance and oversight in development and execution of plant renovations and expansions, coordinates outside contractors and vendors.
  • Fire protection system – sprinklers, fire pumps, hydrants, towers, emergency notification systems, etc.
  • Manage all NH3 operations, ensuring PSM system is compliant with OSHA regulations.
  • Advise and assist plant management staff and supervisors in development of improved equipment operating methods and processes for more efficient operations.
  • Establish objectives for efficiency of plant energy consumed, managing utility costs by collaborating with maintenance manager.
  • Work with Maintenance Manager to ensure that overall Engr. And Maintenance Department goals are aligned.
  • Work with governmental agencies and third-party companies (AXA, etc.) as needed to ensure Facility is compliant with all regulations.
  • Accountable for the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) standards as outlined in the plant’s QRMP accountability document, including the implementation, improvement and ongoing maintenance.
  • Following up with facility team leaders on continuous cost reduction/process improvement ideas and performing other responsibilities as the need arises.
  • Ability to work flexible hours. May include weekends, holidays or late shifts during installation periods.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • 5+ Years demonstrated experience managing direct-reporting team members preferred.
  • Food industry experience.
  • Familiar with the following trades: Mechanical, Electrical, Automation, Utilities and Construction.
  • Strong Analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Financial and budgetary skills.
  • Understanding of instrumentation, PLC and Scada controls.
  • Ability to build trusting, strategic and effective working relationships that improve team performance and deliver results.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects in a changing, complex environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and proven attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Project, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledgeable of regulatory issues, dairy equipment and processes. Needs to continually update knowledge regarding industrial developments.