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Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Description:

Role Summary:

The Mechanical Design Engineer's primary responsibility is developing complex electromechanical consumer products using Creo. They will participate on cross functional teams, working primarily with Project Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Industrial Designers, and Product Marketing to understand the product needs and deliver designs that balance cost, performance, and reliability.

The Mechanical Design Engineer is the go-to person for all mechanical design solutions. They will lead the pre-development concept phase, creating breadboard models, refined proof of concept prototypes, and complete product assemblies. The individual may create prototypes using bare hands or computer software, depending on the complexity of the project. Guiding development and manufacture by domestic and overseas partners into production is a key responsibility.

The Mechanical Design Engineer will assist the Project Engineer with design evaluation, communication, and pilot production builds. Additionally, this position will be responsible for testing and troubleshooting designs as needed by the team. For example, working side-by-side with Test Engineers in the lab during developmental phases of the project. They may also use their expertise to modify existing products, improving functionality and reliability.

Essential Responsibilities:

Product Design

  • Apply engineering best practices to provide design solutions based on test and theory

  • Develop 3D CREO models, 2D drawings, BOM's, and Engineering Change Notices

  • Design products to meet desired specifications and schedules for new products, cost improvements, and other company objectives

  • Design, build, and test prototypes to prove out design concepts, design changes, etc.

  • Provide design direction to manufacturing counterparts as needed

  • Critique, review, and provided feedback for design improvements

  • Guide development and manufacture by overseas partners

  • Research competitor performance and features to benchmark designs

  • Participate in cross-functional teams, working together to develop project schedules, define product features, perform DFMEA reviews, and brainstorm design solutions

  • Champion new product development process to ensure success

Product Testing

  • Develop tests to troubleshoot product designs as needed

  • Perform product testing for safety, reliability, and performance

  • Research competitive performance and features to benchmark test results

  • Analyze test results and issue reports with results, analysis, and recommendations

  • Participate in value analysis, cost analysis, and quality improvement efforts

  • Participate in or facilitate review meetings related to design and testing

Qualifications/Requirements :

  • BSME required or equivalent work experience commensurate to degree

  • Minimum 3 years CREO design experience required, surfacing experience preferred

  • Minimum 3 years working in new product development required

  • Minimum 3 years in plastic part design using CREO required

  • Fundamental understanding of injection molding required

  • Documentation and technical writing skills required

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required

  • Experience working in cross-functional teams required

  • Ability to convey technical concepts through group and one-on-one sessions effectively, including both written and verbal communication to people with varying levels of technical knowledge.

  • Positive approach; team player; strong work ethic; high integrity; diplomacy

  • Ability to manage time between multiple projects

  • Creative and practical problem solving skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines and budgets

  • Experience in electromechanical product design highly desirable

  • Knowledge of materials and production methods highly desirable

  • Experience developing products with overseas manufacturing highly desirable

  • Experience working in a mass marketed consumer goods industry highly desirable

  • Experience with prototype builds and competitive product tear downs highly desirable

  • Working knowledge of six sigma methodology a plus

  • Background in consumer product testing a plus

  • Working knowledge of simulation tools a plus

  • Ability to travel internationally required (typically 1 to 3 times per year, up to 3 weeks at a time)

  • Travel domestically and internationally to manufacturing locations approximately 10% of time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. This document is subject to change at any time and is not intended to be exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required by employees with this position title. The physical requirements described on the supplemental Occupational Worksheet are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.


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Salary Range
$62,000.00 - $78,000.00
per Year
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Charlotte, NC, 28245, US