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Ghafari Industrial Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Ghafari Associates is looking for Industrial Engineers to join the team. This role will support nationwide projects and report to a manager out of the Dearborn, MI office. Candidates can choose to be HYBRID, or 100% IN OFFICE, with availability to support project sites in the region that includes Southeast Michigan.

Postion Summary:

Provide industrial engineering and material handling analysis for the efficient flow of materials through manufacturing facilities, to support new product launches and improve existing operations. The objective of our analysis work is to optimize the receipt, movement, storage, and workstation display of material to support efficient production operations. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Apply lean manufacturing principles and methods to develop efficient material handling processes for the movement of material throughout manufacturing facilities.

  • Develop and maintain material handling data to include bill of material, packaging information, and material flow/material handling information. Strong Microsoft Excel skills are required and Microsoft Access skills are a plus.

  • Analyze dock operations and locations for all material being received into the facility, as well as finished product being shipped and returnable containers being reintroduced into the supply chain.

  • Plan for efficient material movement processes and patterns within the facility, which may include movement of material by fork truck, tugger, conveyor, and automated material handling systems. Material delivery methods may also include sequencing and kitting. Experience with Flow Planner and/or FactoryFLOW software is a plus.

  • Develop storage analysis to determine min and max storage levels for parts being stored within the facility, both in bulk and small lot form. Analysis will also include requirements for empty returnable containers. Develop efficient storage layouts that maximize floor space utilization while also supporting efficient material flow within the facility.

  • Using AutoCAD, develop workstation layouts designed to maximize the efficiency of operators.

  • Develop specifications to assist in the procurement of material handling equipment, including dock equipment, storage equipment, powered material handling vehicles, and standard and specialized line display equipment. Assist in the buyoff and runoff of equipment. Maintain the overall material handling equipment budget.

  • Experience in developing processes, labor standards, and line balancing for direct and indirect labor is preferred.

  • Familiarity with various standard time data systems such as MODAPTS, MTM and MOST is a plus.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, or Supply Chain Management from an accredited university preferred.

  • 5 to 8 years of relevant on the job experience preferred.

  • Previous Industrial Engineering experience in manufacturing and assembly fields preferred.

Additional Skills

  • Analysis and report generation utilizing Microsoft suite of products. Strong Excel skills required and AutoCAD skills a plus.

  • Experience with FlexSim or other simulation software is a plus.

  • Experience with value stream mapping and systematic layout planning methods is a plus.


Since 1982, Ghafari Associates has taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets including: aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, hospitality, K-12 and higher education. As a global team of engineers, architects, process designers, and consultants we blend insight with technological innovation helping clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Continuously rated a Top Workplace to Work ( , Crain’s Cool Place to Work ( , and a Best and Brightest ( company to work for in the US, Ghafari has made a name for itself through our culture, employee benefits, and portfolio of projects ( .

Over a quarter of Ghafari employees have diverse identities that are championed by our growing approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We provide flexible work environments allowing team members a schedule that benefits them, whether it is fully remote, hybrid or an in-office experience.

Through career mapping, Ghafari employees are encouraged to seek licensure, coached for knowledge growth, and provided opportunities for management and mentorship roles if interested. Our robust internship program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, having an over 90% success rate of hiring our interns after graduation.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects all around the world. Ghafari’s global reach creates an environment where individuals can build professional relationships while building sustainable and cutting-edge facilities. Are you ready to take that leap? Apply now! (

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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Working Options

Hybrid, In Office

Job ID 2023-2082

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering