BD Manufacturing Development Program

Strengthening engineers with manufacturing experience

Program Overview

The mission for the Manufacturing Development Program (MDP) is to strengthen our company's manufacturing and engineering base by recruiting talented entry-level engineers and giving them meaningful manufacturing-related experience. Engineers, recruited from top schools, are placed in three one-year rotations, where they experience a wide variety of work assignments in manufacturing support engineering, process engineering, project management, lean manufacturing, quality and design.

Career development

MDP associates are placed on a leadership path early in their careers. Accelerated learning opportunities and diverse experiences allow MDP associates to shape the future of BD manufacturing by giving them the following opportunities:

  • Experience rapid development and exposure to the "big picture."
  • Gain exposure to continuous improvement initiatives such as Six Sigma and lean production.
  • Create a unique network of colleagues throughout BD.
  • Develop skills to improve leadership, project planning, conflict resolution and teamwork.

Program features

Participants will potentially take on diverse roles in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing support engineering – Support daily manufacturing operations through hands-on work on the production floor and on the automated production equipment. Empower the people who manufacture BD products by driving safety, quality, delivery and cost initiatives.
  • Process engineering – Act as a project lead or team member to identify and drive efficiency improvements of manufacturing equipment and associated processes related to product and process performance.
  • Lean manufacturing – Learn and apply lean methodologies to drive lean- and Six Sigma-based continuous improvement projects to support key business initiatives.
  • Design – Learn about new products, processes and technologies for BD. Your technical abilities will be challenged and strengthened as you work with a cross-functional team to support developing future products and markets for BD.

Program qualifications

  • A strong desire for a career in manufacturing
  • A BS in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering or an equivalent engineering field
  • Enthusiasm and an ability to relocate three times in three years (relocation support will be provided)
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • An ability to take initiative and quickly adapt to new professional environments
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without restriction as to duration
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