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Training Specialist Manufacturing

Full-time / Part-time:  FT - Employee
Exempt / Non-Exempt:  Salaried Exempt

Smithfield, NC, US, 27577

Shift:  Home Shift 1
Req Id:  2588
Division:  Flanders

AAF International offers the most comprehensive clean air solutions available across the globe. Selling under the American Air Filter® and the AAF International® brand names, AAF International has been an industry pioneer since 1921 and has since grown to operations in over 22 countries with over 3000 employees. Our products are the industry benchmarks for quality and performance, and delivers clean air solutions in residential, commercial and industrial air pollution control, gas containment removal, power generation, and other stringent clean room environments.

We are a member of the Daikin Group, the world's largest air conditioning and clean air solutions provider with over $15 Billion in sales and 56,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1924, Daikin has grown into a diversified industrial manufacturing company offering solutions in clean, air, air conditioning, refrigeration, chemicals, oil hydraulics, defense systems and electronics. AAF and Daikin are powered by our investment in people, products, and our processes.

Our culture of continuous improvement, safety, and world class operations is powered by our people centered management philosophy. This philosophy is built around mutual selection: that while AAF seeks top talent people to join and deliver on our team, we also want each team member to receive job satisfaction, growth & development, and continued happiness in being a long term member of the AAF family. This is fueled by our belief in treating our people, our supply partners, our customers and our environment with the trust and respect we each require, and our passion to give back to our community for our success.

Read more about our philosophy at: http://www.daikin.com/about/corporate/philosophy/index.html

AAF International is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Operate, develop, implement and oversee staff training programs for company’s manufacturing equipment to improve employees’ knowledge and capability to achieve production goals.


JOB DESCRIPTION: This position is responsible to develop and implement a technical training program to teach employees how to more accurately and thoroughly perform the technical components of their job. This will be achieved with an on-going needs analysis and assessment to determine gaps between current conditions and desired conditions or wants. This position must have a clear understanding of job descriptions and how the jobs function on a manufacturing line and in a manufacturing environment. In addition, this position will help the Company’s competitive position by incorporating the principles of lean manufacturing into their daily operations. This position will develop a tiered guide to achieve upward movement for employees. This position has a direct reporting relationship with the plant’s Human Resources Manager.



  • Develop and implement technical training program for new hire employees
  • utilizing a hands-on approach.
  • Prepare and create a tiered matrixed program to ensure employees’ training
  • provides opportunity to cross-level on other manufacturing lines.
  • Develop levels within a job title as an achievement tool for employee development.
  • Collaborate with supervisors/managers to identify employee who have a willingness and desire to increase their work knowledge.
  • Work with supervisors to ensure performance evaluations are conducted in a timely manner.
  • Work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Review Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and other documents, as required.
  • Understand production schedule to achieve production goals.
  • Actively participate and drive any event response activities.
  • Document training problems and work on rapid resolutions.
  • Utilize lean manufacturing concepts in lean concepts training, value stream mapping, rapid improvement projects (Kaizen) throughout the entire organization.
  • Report safety violations, to include near-hits, to the EHS Manager.
  • Report employee relations concerns to the HR Manager.



  • BA/BS degree or higher in Business, Technology or appropriate discipline.
  • Five to seven years of manufacturing experience OR a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Demonstrated experience in using a systematic approach to problem solving and troubleshooting based on data and facts.
  • Proven expertise in planning/organizing, managing execution, checking results and ability to revise training programs and plans as needed.
  • Direct interaction in supporting stakeholders in training activities to ensure successful process turnaround/performance.
  • Fluent/Native Speaker/Bi-Lingual (English-Spanish/Spanish-English)
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Organizational and developmental training.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration.
  • Microsoft Office suite.



  • Specialized/Distinguished skills such as:
  • Technical Training
  • Training Activities
  • Employee Training
  • Needs Assessment
  • Staff Development
  • Scheduling
  • Project Management



  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment of up to 500,000 square feet.
  • Ability to work around mechanical equipment.
  • Able to move equipment and/or materials weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility.
  • Able to routinely operate and inspect manufacturing equipment using hands.
  • Able to remain in a stationary position up to 100% of the time.
  • Ability to move about the building as necessary to access other employees, operational areas, and front office.
  • Must be able to withstand both hot and cold atmospheres depending on weather conditions, working without temperature control; may be for extended periods of time.
  • Able to work hours as needed to support production including evenings and/or weekends.
  • Capacity to work in loud noise environments.
  • Ability to work hours necessary to support production, including ability to stand on feet up to 12 hours or longer for first, second or weekend shift.
  • Must adhere to safety regulations of the Company to include the appropriate wear of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, uniform servicemember status, age, disability or any other legally recognized protected personal characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Raleigh