Crimson Trace

October 11, 2017 |
Process Engineer I @ 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.
Process Engineers develop manufacturing processes to manufacture New Product Development (NPD) parts.  Their responsibilities revolve around three critical test pilot lots.

  • Design Concept Validation – Make parts by any method and as quickly as possible for initial design testing.

  • Design Process Validation – Establish the production process and produce parts to validate the manufacturing process and the design.

  • Production Pilot Lot – Finalize manufacturing process so production can make parts to validate and approve the design and the manufacturing process readiness.

Process Engineers need to resolve all processing issues such as fixtures, cutting tools and gauging.  In addition to developing new processes existing issues must be resolved as well.  They need to do all CNC programming on any/all necessary equipment within the plant.  They need to provide clear direction for the Tool Designers and CMM programmers.  Even though the tool designs and CMM programming may be done by someone else they need to review, approve and are ultimately responsible.  Documented project deadlines must be met unless other priorities are assigned or circumstance outside control intervenes.

  • Create Solid Works manufacturing solid models to define the process as needed.

  • Read and interpret complex part drawings and understand product design intent.

  • High level CNC programming including macro and probing knowledge is required.

  • CNC machine setup, debugging and optimizing skills are needed.

  • Insure cutting tools, gauges, fixtures, equipment, routings and CNC programs are fully defined, documented and implemented.  Update ISO documents as needed.

  • Understand the needs of the team, and be able to work in a manner that facilitates teamwork.

  • Work for continual process improvements.

  • Use and understand ASME Y14.5 1994-2009 impact on designs and drawing tolerances.

  • Must have full knowledge of all types of standard and special designed cutters.

  • Work closely with multiple groups of diverse interest (Product Engineering, Marketing, Production, Quality, Purchasing, Accounting, etc.) while maintain project focus.

  • Work with minimal supervision and use appropriate project management techniques to meet scheduled completion dates.  Review all issues with supervisor.

  • Use various file management software.

  • Other duties may be assigned.


    • Responsible for designing and implementing manufacturing processes, equipment, and plants (from pilot to fully operational) to achieve the production goals of the organization. Identifies and develops process and equipment needed to produce specific products, parts, and components. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department.

    • 0-5 Years or more experience preferred developing Production Processes.

  • Process Development work with direct supervision and guidance.

  • Manage work to meet requested completion dates.

  • Create Production Process for NPD new parts:

      • Add to existing production processes

      • Program CNC Basic Level 2 ½ axis

      • Modify existing CNC probing programs

      • Understand CNC Macro Programs


  • Experience, Competencies and Education

    • Bachelor in Science Engineering Degree or equivalent.

    • Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience.  SolidWorks preferred.

    • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) experience.  Master CAM preferred.

    • Experience with establishing high volume manufacturing processes.

    • Strong communication, presentation & organizational skills.

    • Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Word, Outlook).

  • Language Skills

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


  • Complete all necessary training as required by assigned department and position.

  • Participate in and follow all company initiatives.

  • Participate in continuous improvement projects (Kaizen, Lean, 5S, etc.).


  • Works in an office environment

  • Able to sit and work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time

  • Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds occasionally

  • Able to stand at production machine to debug CNC programs and run parts.


  • Safety glasses with side shields when on factory 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 or in another department.  This includes safety eyewear, hearing protection, and safety footwear.

  • All employees are required to apply ergonomic correctness to all job tasks.

  • May be required depending on position:

  • Annual vision update in Medical Department.

  • Involvement in the hearing conservation program.

  • Involvement in the lead surveillance program.

  • Wearing of safety certified shoes/boots.

  • Participation in the stretching program.


  • Normal office environment conditions.

  • Production environment conditions.