Manufacturing Engineer

SMART Modular Technologies, Inc.
September 22, 2022
Fremont, CA
Job Type


Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings (SGH), specializes in innovative Linux infrastructure, including Open Compute Project (OCP) and EIA-based high-performance computing (HPC) on-premise and in the cloud, AI, software-defined storage (SDS), and networking technologies, coupled with professional and managed services including sys-admin-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service, and hosting, as well as highly rated customer support.


Develops, implements, and maintains quality, operation sequences and processes in the manufacture of assemblies, sub-assemblies, and final assemblies. Interfaces with quality in coordinating the release of new products. Maintains test records and reporting systems for coordination of quality operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Champion continuous improvement activities related to frame, enclosures, cabling and rack.

  • Create documentation to support new and improved manufacturing processes

  • Write and perform process validations

  • Make recommendations for equipment purchases based upon manufacturing needs

  • Take immediate corrective action to eliminate quality discrepancies as soon as they are detected.

  • Research evaluate and present new technologies that can improve efficiency.

  • Work closely with R&D and Manufacturing to capture and interpret design intent to refine and improve processes

  • Support the quotation department to provide NRE Tooling estimates.

  • Design manufacturing equipment and fixtures when required.

  • Develop and document manufacturing processes.

  • Interface directly with assemblers, production supervisors, leads, engineers, and management on a routine basis

  • Collaborate with small teams on in-house development of novel and complex automation equipment

  • Validate and characterize new equipment and fixtures for production implementation

  • Create detailed Manufacturing Instructions to document new processes

  • Design production workstations for ergonomics and efficiency

  • Effectively utilize lean manufacturing tools for continuously improve the flow of material and information in the factory including factory layouts, visual management, 5S, JIT, Kanban

  • Create BOM, part numbers, etc. Work closely with the Program Management team.

  • Participates in Material Review Board (MRB) activities and takes an active role in the dispositioning of discrepant material and/or assemblies.

  • Participates in the Change Control Board (CCB) review of engineering change orders to ensure proposed design changes are producible and within manufacturing capabilities

  • Assists in the monitoring of daily production activities and makes recommendations on material and/or labor reductions to promote efficiency of operation.

  • Provides manufacturing assembly flow charts required to support the product flow and/or assembly sequence.

  • Provides manufacturing assembly floor and equipment layouts required to promote an efficient flow of product through the various assembly states.

  • Conducts any special manufacturing projects, evaluations or surveys as directed by management.


  • Experience developing manufacturing processes for new and unique products

  • Experience transitioning products from prototype to production (NPI)

  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills

  • B.S. degree or higher preferred in Manufacturing Quality Engineering or other related engineering discipline.

  • 8 years engineering experience pertaining to process development

  • Successful experience in a fast paced, multitasking environment required.

  • Successful candidate must be a US Citizen.

Work Authorization:

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without restriction or sponsorship.

Penguin Computing is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to all policies which will afford equal opportunity employment to all qualified persons without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, creed, gender, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Requisition ID: 2021-1423

External Company Name: Penguin Solutions

External Company URL:

Street: 45800 Northport Loop West

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