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Supervisor, Sustaining Engineering (Mechanical)

Company: GILLIG
Location: Livermore
Posted on: January 14, 2023

Job Description:

GILLIG LLC is the largest and most dependable manufacturer of Heavy-Duty Transit Buses in North America. Our customers are in all 50 states, and include cities, counties, transit districts, universities and major private fleet operators. We are headquartered in Livermore, CA. GILLIG offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including 100% company-paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for employees and their families. Other benefits include a unique 401k profit-sharing plan.


As a Supervisor in Engineering, you will directly lead a staff of contributors who develop designs, create procurement-ready drawings, manufacturing-ready installation guidelines, and maintain Bills of Material (BOMs). This position is responsible for on-going communication to management, the alignment & prioritization of the group's workload, overseeing the team's technical deliverables, and resource planning to ensure meeting company targets.

Our engineering organization is comprised of three primary departments: Current Product Engineering (CPE), New Product Engineering (NPE) and, Product Validation. There are two groups within CPE, Customer Engineering and Sustaining Engineering.

The mission of the Sustaining Engineering group is to develop broad applications of new option content, cost and performance improvements to the current product, and drive resolution of technical Supply Chain, Production, and Field issues.

The Supervisor, Sustaining Engineering, is a key leader in the sustainment and evolution of all GILLIG's current models including diesel, hybrid, CNG, and electric for both Low Floor and BRT style buses. This role is responsible for leading a team of 8-10 design engineers (on-site and remote) from the Mechanical Sustaining Engineering team within GILLIG's Current Product Engineering Department.

The Engineering Supervisor reports to the Director of Engineering, located on-site at our headquarters in Livermore.


  • Solid technical foundation rooted in thorough understanding and application of Engineering principles
  • Self-motivated with the ability to think broad-spectrum and rapidly focus in on effective solutions
  • Experienced troubleshooting capabilities that efficiently drive to root cause and ability to identify & implement permanent corrective actions
  • Solid, multi-faceted technical skillset with the ability to work in assignments ranging from chassis & powertrain to the interior passenger space
    For Mechanical Sustaining Engineering:
    • Emphasis on providing robust, service-friendly, and cost-conscious mechanical designs
    • Familiarity or experience with HVAC systems (commercial, residential, or vehicle) is a plus
      • Review design work to ensure designs meet all requirements and are documented properly
      • Ensure Bill of Materials (BOM) are created and maintained along with all project documentation
      • Analyze customer requests and map requirements onto existing designs when possible, and/or develop new designs when needed
      • Work with internal and external business partners to drive integration of key technologies, including understanding and identifying challenges, implications, and conflicts with integrating new offerings into an established product line
      • Pursues cross-functional feedback during the product development phase of design projects to ensure requirements are identified and incorporated which include performance, regulatory, cost, manufacturability, and serviceability
      • Conduct FMEAs and provide feedback for the development of DVP&R or necessary test plans.
      • Coordinate and manage the execution of prototype builds, testing, review, prototype order and procurement
      • Participate and influence the Change Control process to introduce new designs into production
      • Provide technical design support to cross-functional business partners as needed
      • Lead root cause analysis on production shortages, field service, and quality issues
      • Responsible for continuous improvement of team's performance through active coaching, training, mentoring, and development planning
      • Interview and hire new staff; plan, prioritize, assign and review work, and approves time off for payroll purposes
      • Key stakeholder for development and improvement of standardized processes within the CPE group as well as individual engineering team
      • Assist in other Engineering and HR activities as required (Hiring, Vacation approvals, etc.)
        ABOUT YOU:
        • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, or Physics required
        • Minimum 8 years of Engineering experience, including 4+ years of Design Engineering experience.
        • Leadership/Management/Supervisory experience is a plus
        • Sound engineering fundamentals and ability to perform basic engineering calculations
        • Basic fluency in Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
        • Can explain and coach others in simple structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for parts and small assemblies
        • Detailed knowledge and application of industry practices and standards (SAE, APTA, FMVSS, etc.)
        • Experience with automotive mechanical systems and functions and ability to read and produce mechanical drawings
        • Knowledge of typical manufacturing processes and the tolerances associated with sheet metal, machined, fiberglass, and molded parts
        • Understanding of Heavy-Duty Transit Bus duty cycle
        • Proven ability to effectively communicate technical engineering topics to non-technical peers
        • Desire to collaborate and problem solve, making recommendations or decisions
        • Personal drive to maintain our industry-leading products, create new ones, and mentor your direct reports to do the same
        • Affinity for a fast-paced environment with complex product content
          • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
          • Less than 10% travel
          • Typical start time 6:00AM (negotiable)
            ABOUT US

            After 130 years, GILLIG holds strong to its family values and focus on its employees and customers. Our motivated and dedicated employees have a passion for quality and customer satisfaction.

            We are committed to building buses that connect communities, eliminate congestion, and contribute to a greener environment.

            Our Company pride is exemplified by the thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship present in every GILLIG bus. GILLIG's steadfast focus on quality and unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service sets us apart from our competition.

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