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Production Development Engineer

Job Req ID:  7765

Nashville, TN, US, 37219-1765

Date:  Jun 20, 2022

LP Building Products is a leading global manufacturer of engineered wood products.  At LP, creating new solutions for building is who we are. Since we pioneered our first engineered wood product, we’ve been continually creating better products to fit the changing needs of the building industry. 

LP’s values-driven, positive culture creates an environment where talented and hardworking people thrive in a safe, ethical, fun, challenging and rewarding place to work.  For more than 40 years, we’ve developed careers and provided advancement opportunities in the building products industry. 

Job Purpose

A new role in the Growth and Innovation team will be to develop manufacturing concepts, design and build manufacturing lines for new products.  Manufacturing concepts, process development, and vendor coordination will be needed. Manage complex engineering assignments including standards or specifications, parts, components and systems associated with focused areas of major capital projects.  Completes work in accordance with standard engineering principles & practices, industry design standards and local, state and national codes or regulations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and specify new manufacturing processes and equipment in order to take a new product design from the Development stage (Stage 3) to the Industrialization stage (Stage 4)
  • Optimize the manufacturing process and equipment during post product launch (Stage 5) to improve productivity and reduce cost
  • Develop a manufacturing line for the new product along with Corp and Business Engineering using LP capital procurement process for long term manufacturing
  • Develop manufacturing process concepts from early stage product designs. Identify process options and cost estimates for each option.
  • Work as part of the product development team to review trade-offs for manufacturing processes and equipment purchases.
  • Continue to improve manufacturing processes as the product design matures.  Research and select equipment for pilot lines.
  • Select, procure and manage the installation of equipment for a pilot line at one of our research or manufacturing locations.
  • Develop and maintain system and/or equipment design standards and specifications that are consistent with industry standards such as FM, NFPA, OSHA, etc.
  • Provide conceptual design support for engineering activities associated with a major project initiative and new products.
  • Lead internal or external design groups as necessary to guide the successful implementation of LP’s design and drafting standards.
  • Lead detailed design efforts of automation and process systems that integrate machinery components such as conveyors, pumps, fans, cyclones, filters, compressors, presses, saws, power transmission devices, hydraulic systems, piping, ducting, etc…
  • Lead development efforts of facility utilities and services such as roadways, parking lots, water, sewer, drainage, electric power, natural gas or propane systems, compressed air, foundations, buildings, fire suppression, lighting, communications, etc….
  • Lead installation, construction and commissioning activities associated with a focused area of a major project initiative.
  • Responsible for the design, budget and execution schedule for a focused area of the major project initiative.
  • Conduct benchmarking and competitive research to keep up with best-of-class practices and to assure that our capital implementation methods lead the industry.
  • Lead collection and data gathering efforts required to conduct engineering evaluations, scope of work development, preliminary or detailed design specifications and coordination of installation or construction efforts.. 
  • Assume responsibility for personal safety and for the safety performance of all personnel, projects and programs managed.
  • Work closely with other Corporate Functions including Supply Management, Audit, Financial Services, Environmental Services and Information Technology to assure conformance with corporate policy
  • Conduct special projects/studies, as opportunities arise, relating to technology and capital effectiveness
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


Skills, knowledge, abilities:

  • Thorough understanding of engineering software such as AutoCad, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project.
  • Knowledge of capital planning and implementation process including detailed design, scope of work preparation, bidding, contract negotiation and preparation, contract management, installation and commissioning activities.
  • Knowledge of building products industry, equipment, and processes.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to a variety of manufacturing problems
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • The ability to communicate effectively – both verbal and written.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary engineering and business
  • The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice



  • BS in Engineering, Applied Science, or related field.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license desirable



  • 6-8 years experience as a practicing professional in one or more of the following fields; engineering, capital project support or maintenance.  
  • Demonstrated experience in leading cross-functional capital project teams. 
  • Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the key responsibilities of this position.


Work Environment

  • This position works in both an office environment and in a manufacturing environment.
  • Moderate to heavy travel requiring a flexible schedule is required.

LP offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits and programs including health and welfare benefits, 401(k) program, career mobility, tuition reimbursement, volunteer opportunities, profit sharing and more.

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