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Ghafari Industrial Engineering - Senior Project Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


General Summary:

Determine the most cost effective means for an organization to create a product or service. In doing so, the Industrial Engineer will often develop methods to increase productivity, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and manage human capital and equipment more effectively.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide industrial engineering analysis, typically in a lead role while occasionally managing smaller projects, to:

  • Perform process improvement studies to develop more efficient ways to utilize people, machines, material, information, and energy to create a product or service.

  • Assist clients in increasing productivity within their processes and operations by applying lean principles.

  • Observe operations, collect data, and perform process validation and maintain necessary documentation.

  • Use various problem solving methodologies to identify the root causes of problems so that process improvements can be developed/recommended to eliminate the root causes.

  • Utilize time study and predetermined labor standards systems for establishing labor standards, developing standardized work, and balancing production processes.

  • Develop materials management analysis which may include:

-Storage analysis and layouts for warehouse and market areas

-Material flow analyses to improve material movement through facilities

-Dock utilization analyses to determine quantities, types, and locations of shipping/receiving docks

-Estimated labor and material handling equipment requirements

  • Develop conceptual facility planning layouts in CAD (typically AutoCAD) to create efficient process and material flow through systematic layout planning principles to ensure proper size, shape, and configuration of a proposed facility.

  • Develop budget and capital expenditure plans for operational improvements.

  • Perform cost studies, economic comparisons, and justification analysis.

  • Confer with customers to implement plans and recommendations. Often required to provide on-site support during implementation activities.

  • Support the development of various reports and presentation materials for customer presentations, and lead customer presentations as needed.

  • Provide input and participate in sales opportunities, and proposal/estimate development and support as needed.



  • BS degree in Industrial Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering from an accredited university preferred. A Master’s Degree is also preferred, but not required.

Experience :

  • 8 or more years of progressively more responsible previous experience.


  • Among the skills and competencies that will contribute to success in this position are:

  • Creativity

  • Critical thinking

  • Listening skills

  • Math/data analysis skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Communication skills

  • Writing skills

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD is required; FlexSim proficiency is a plus.

  • Proficiency/certification with predetermined labor standards systems (MTM, MOST, MODAPTS, etc.) is a plus


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

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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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2021-1561

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering