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Marvin Manufacturing Engineer in Northwood, Iowa


At Marvin, we make windows and doors inspired by how you live so you're inspired to live well. We are driven by the momentum of four generations of innovation and excellence to imagine and create better ways of living. Our business reaches across the nation and our products are represented around the world. With our commitment to our local communities and to providing innovative solutions using new technology, we are always looking for ways to move our people, as well as our business, forward.

Marvin is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minnesota, with more than 5,500 employees across 16 cities in North America. The Marvin portfolio of products for builders, architects and homeowners is designed to provide exceptional solutions for any project with a focus on creating better ways of living. Marvin’s portfolio also includes four additional premium brands: Infinity Replacement Windows, TruStile Doors, and SIW Windows & Doors, along with Tecton, the leader in pultrusion fiberglass manufacturing. Employees across all organizations operate under one company purpose and a shared set of company values, uniting our efforts to imagine and create better ways of living.

SUMMARY: TruStile Doors, the leading national manufacturer of architectural doors for the high-end residential and commercial segments, is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer for its Northwood, IA operation. The Manufacturing Engineer will be hands-on and capable of implementing robust initiatives that will support the growth of the business. The qualified individual will have continuous improvement experience and a proven track record implementing lean manufacturing practices. The position reports to the Engineering Manager and is part of the engineering group.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes utilizing lean manufacturing techniques to identify waste.

  • Become a subject matter expert on new production equipment and create detailed work instructions to train operators, supervisors, and maintenance.

  • Develop waste reduction plans and provide ROI justifications for improvement projects.

  • Utilize 5S principles to organize product workflows and workstation set-ups.

  • Create standard work for critical processes that incorporate maintenance schedules to ensure process reliability.

  • Establish consistent work procedures across all shifts based on the best practices to ensure predictable outcomes.

  • Provide consistent and ongoing support to production to create a culture of continuous improvement related to safety, quality and efficiency.

  • Track and audit the results of improvement projects.


  • 2 – 5 years of experience as a manufacturing engineer with at least a bachelor’s degree in Industrial, Manufacturing, or Mechanical engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience in a manufacturing environment, with responsibility for project scope, timeline, and budget

  • Experience in building-products or millwork industries a plus

  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise or formal training in lean manufacturing

  • Computer proficient (Office Suite and AutoCAD)

  • Experience working with FANUC CNC controls is a plus

  • Personal Attributes

  • Embraces responsibility…thrives with ownership in an entrepreneurial atmosphere

  • People person…relates well to all levels of the organization…makes a positive contribution to the culture

  • Team player…willing to participate in multiple roles at various levels…giving credit to others…always putting the company’s goals first

  • Hyper organized…recognizes the importance of the planning process and managing the details

  • Dissatisfied with status quo…obsessed with the need for continuous improvement

  • Sense of urgency…takes action…hands-on involvement

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Proficiency in English required.

REASONING ABILITY Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions, Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment is indoors in a typical office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.