About Canoo

Canoo has developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with bold innovations in design, pioneering technologies, and a unique business model that defies traditional ownership to put customers first. Distinguished by its experienced team – totaling over 500 employees from leading technology and automotive companies – Canoo has designed a modular electric platform purpose-built to deliver maximum vehicle interior space and adaptable to support a wide range of vehicle applications for consumers and businesses. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by autonomy and purpose, and get things done.

Job Purpose

The Manufacturing Engineer position is charged with facilitating the production goals of the Canoo Program for process safety, quality, timing, costs, efficiency (HPV, eHPV), throughout the Canoo Systems framework. The Manufacturing Engineer is the architect of the manufacturing process, and the appropriate selection and application integration of people, materials, methods and machines. The overall purpose and goal is to enable the building of vehicles within the hierarchy of safety, quality, schedule, cost, and morale. These direct systems and technologies must coordinate the architecture and processes, within our overall production-system model, and support of the PLM. Most important, these systems and technologies must permit the free and clear functions and readiness of the production processes. The Manufacturing Engineer guarantees the functionality of the systems and interfaces throughout the trial builds, Pre-Production, SOP Launch, and through to the longterm capacity of the system. Manufacturing Engineering supports the Operating teams, and in the broader scope, the entire body of Canoo applications. They create the methods, processes, and capacities of the total production process. Systems, products, and processes must be handed over to the Manufacturing plants to the schedule.


Target-oriented planning, implementation, introduction of processes and technology.

  • Ensuring target achievement for production-relevant goals (deadlines, costs, quantities, process reliability, HPV, quality and content).
  • Planning, monitoring, controlling and ensuring the execution of work packages.
  • Development of a project structure and plan, to primarily implement and support:
  • Production Scheduling o Production Control
  • Materials and Energy Control
  • Product Inventory Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Maintenance Management
  • Production Operations
  • Production System Elements for Shop-Floor Control
  • With secondary support for:
  • Procurement
  • Product Shipping
  • Order Processing
  • Engineering
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Other
  • Plan, develop, and implement methods and systems that ensure smooth and level functions for transportation, logistics, operations (eg. Bodyshop, WBS, Paint Shop, PBS, General Assembly, Testing, Quality), and Vehicle Shipping
  • Plan, develop, and implement the appropriate tools and balance of technology for Manufacturing and Operating tasks, controls, planning, methods, operations interfaces, and documentation necessary for vehicle manufacturing.
  • Coordination of issues with the Manufacturing plant(s)

Representation of the product project with regard to Manufacturing systems, in the relevant committees and with contracted resources for methods, processing, work-instructions, line and equipment builds, installation, commissioning, and launches.

  • As a member of committees representing production interests.
  • Regular information to the Program teams, the Facilities teams, and the Operating groups (eg. Manufacturing) regarding the current status of the project work. Adherence to the defined budget within the program Canoo management tasks.
  • Implementing project and product goals by means of target agreements with the technical and facilities teams.
  • Initiating personal development and qualification together with the other Manufacturing leads.
  • Define the work objectives and review the work results. Ensure development and qualification of employees regarding production and project work. Professional management of the production contact persons from the departments (including development).

The Manufacturing Engineer must ensure:

  • Operations can achieve the production targets, by driving the functionality, safety, quality, and efficiency of the process(es).
  • Compliance with the conditions of all responsible systems (process safety, quality, quantities, HPV, eHPV, cost, and morale). The manufacturability of the process and products.
  • The manufacturability of the products in series systems and the short and long-term ability to match target to actual.
  • The manufacturability of the processes in trial and series systems, and the short and long-term ability to match target to actual.
  • Assure the achievement of project financial and operating forecasts and targets.
  • Gather, analyze and communicate relevant information so that effective decisions can be made regarding applicable product or process issues.
  • Support product launches, with supplemental problem-solving capabilities and feedback through to Engineering, Support Departments, and Chief Engineer, and IT Systems functions.
  • Coordinate and help train an Advance Manufacturing Engineering ad hoc team prior to launch(es), to achieve group objectives and maximize product, process, equipment, and methods readiness.
  • Primary communication link between Manufacturing, IT Systems, and the Chief Engineer organizations.
  • Liaison between line, equipment, and process components suppliers, Purchasing, Logistics, and MPPL team, to track and assure target achievement

Within our production system, everyone has very similar methods and tasks. The differences are merely one of scope, breadth, and depth. This is the case, from Associate to Leader. Our system is very different, compared to past experiences. To help us to become more familiar with the responsibilities of section leads, here are a few examples

Section Leads have regular tasks:

  • Equipment and processes must be ready for production, properly prepared for idle time, and maintained to the highest standards. Procedures and methods should comply with the shop standards for each system.
  • Shop department`s maintain appropriate attendance, for a smooth operation and cooperation among teams, groups, the shop, and the plant.
  • Support all shops assure process settings are in control, proper, and stable, with cooperation between the operating and support groups.
  • Support all shops assure all tools, devices, fixtures, and aids are fully and properly maintained and supported
  • Be aware and conduct daily briefings within the shop.
  • Previous problems and countermeasures o Company, plant, departmental, area, and team updates and events
  • Maintain open communication, and review open issues
  • Prepare for a safe workday

Support standard checks of safety items in the entire operation’s area of control. This includes inside and outside of the plant, the company grounds, and the surrounding communities.

  • Support standard checks of mistake checks and poka-yoke countermeasures.
  • Support standard checks prescribed for tools, jigs, and equipment, for proper use, location working condition, and operation. Direct appropriate support groups toward operational improvement.
  • Assure appropriate protective equipment for everyone working and/or entering into shops, site-wide.
  • Review the performance of regular one-minute-checks, to prevent careless mistakes from resulting in a loss to the company. Never walk past a situation that can result in a loss. Act immediately.
  • Review the maintenance of sufficient parts, materials, proper deliveries, location, and quantities, to support the work activities, across all operating areas and support groups.
  • Support and assure the calibration, settings, and operation of measurement systems.
  • Review and support the check of quality systems often, and quickly initiate countermeasures, working upstream and down, to prevent mistakes from becoming defects.
  • Respond quickly to calls for help, departure from standard work, and notifications of non- conformity.
  • Stay close and attentive to the workplace. Assure each element of the business is being performed in accordance within the boundaries of our production system.
  • Make all waste visible and preventable, in all of its forms. Eliminate all unnecessary elements.
  • Implement, maintain, and improve good process controls site-wide.
  • Implement, maintain, and improve good material controls site-wide.
  • Assure every non-conformance encountered has a quick countermeasure, followed up with a clear plan for long-term solutions
  • Solve problems and assist the plant.
  • Encourage, promote, and actively support an active suggestion program and support the full implementation of solutions.
  • Encourage, promote, and actively support Stop-Call-Wait practices.
  • Associates and teams are the first-response for all safety, quality, delivery, cost, and morale non-conformities. Assure preparation, through understanding, training, drills and exercises, and constant-improvement activities. SQDCM is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Maintain strong discipline toward 3G, 5S, and the associated TPM practices and methods.
  • Actively participate in new-model activities and special projects, with consideration to tasks listed above.
  • No plan survives first contact. Never assume things will go to plan. Prepare for every eventuality.
  • Teach others your experience.
  • Maintain a positive work environment and be open-minded.
  • Dutifully adhere to 3G and 5S, as you work to identify and eliminate 3M.
  • Ensure everyone has what they need, toward the success of the company.
  • Strive toward Zero Incidents, Zero Defects, constant improvement of methods, practices, and processes and morale, and act toward the lowest total cost. All this is possible.
  • Actively support the community, as the face and character of Canoo

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Four months paid primary care giver leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Participation in the Employee Equity Compensation Plan
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy
  • Work in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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