Crimson Trace

October 11, 2017 |
Manufacturing Engineer @ American Outdoor Brands Corporation/Springfield, MA

At American Outdoor Brands, we are proud to offer some of the most popular names in the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets!



We are dedicated to creating, growing, and preserving strong consumer brands that deliver innovative and high-quality products. Our efforts focus on meeting the needs of consumers who have a passion for the adventure, freedom, and personal inspiration offered by embracing the great outdoors. We have successfully grown from a single firearms operating division founded in 1852 under the iconic Smith & Wesson brand to four operating divisions today.

With more than 18 highly respected consumer brands -- and growing -- we are well positioned to serve the large outdoor lifestyle products market opportunity. American Outdoor Brands Corporation represents our enhanced strategic direction, our broad range of product offerings, and our plan to continue building upon our portfolio of strong American brands. American Outdoor Brands Corporation serves as the holding company for the historic Smith & Wesson Corp., Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., and Crimson Trace Corporation, which represent our firearms, manufacturing services, accessories, and electro-optics divisions.
We have only just begun our journey toward achieving our vision of being the leading provider of high-quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast. This large and growing market is populated by active lifestyle consumers who pursue their activities with passion and seek out brands they can trust. With a track record of creating, preserving, and acquiring respected brands, we remain committed to our future growth -- focusing on brands that best support the needs and lifestyle of our valued customers.

American Outdoor Brands (and its affiliates) is an equal opportunity employer, and considers for employment and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, military service, application for military service, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Candidates must possess proper authorization to work in the United States and, where applicable, to possess technical data as defined in the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 CFR 120.10.

Develop and implement optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. Recommend and implement improvements to production processes, methods and controls. Coordinate manufacturing launch for new or revised products. Priorities include process improvement, problem resolution, project management and employee training.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Performs research, design and development of manufacturing processes, including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment.


  • Must be able to understand and interpret complex part drawings and understand product design intent.


  • Coordinates the manufacturing launch of new/revised products, including establishing goals, training team members and evaluating results.


  • Use appropriate project management techniques to insure tools, gauges, fixtures, equipment, routings and CNC programs are fully defined, documented and implemented.


  • Designs, develops, tests or sources and cost-justifies various tools, machinery and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods.


  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement and efficiency improvement.


  • Must work effectively with external technical support, and continuously train internal staff.


  • Represents manufacturing on cross-functional teams.


  • Ability to work in a team environment.


  • Works with minimal supervision, establish priority and meet scheduled completion dates.


Education and Experience:



  • Bachelor's degree (BSME) or equivalent


  • 1-5 years' experience in a manufacturing environment


  • Strong understanding of lean principles


  • Experience in addressing needs and concerns of shop personnel in a manufacturing environment


  • Experience with SolidWorks preferred


  • Exceptional customer service skills


Competencies and Skills:



  • Strong communication and organizational skills


  • Demonstrated ability to work independently & autonomously


  • Experience in the Firearms industry preferred


  • Good command of the English language, demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Microsoft Office Proficiency (Excel, Word, Outlook)


Physical Demands:



  • Continuous: sitting


  • Occasional: walking, standing, bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching, fine and gross upper body motor movement.


  • Occasional lift: 0 to 30 pounds


Work Environment and Personal Protective Equipment:
Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting. Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting, continuous exposure to hot temperatures, may be humid, odors, dust, continuous exposure to mechanical hazards, and occasional exposure to chemical hazards.
 The following Personal Protective Equipment is required:
* Safety glasses with side shields and hearing protection required when on manufacturing floor

 The use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required when a job task(s) is being completed in or around your assigned department