Job Purpose: Responsible for creating, supporting, and developing new and innovative product/process designs and redesigning existing products/processes. This is successfully accomplished by understanding, accurately specifying, and adhering to customer requirements, utilizing and applying quality tools and methods and pursuing continuous improvement in all aspects of product and process design. These efforts will have a direct impact on reducing labor and material costs, while improving value, reliability, and performance. The associate will plan and manage product design engineering activities related to conceptualization, product design, and manufacturing process functions. This position reports to the Engineering Manager or platform team manager. Responsibilities: �Coordinates and prioritizes design and product engineering activities as established by platform team, product management, engineering management in accordance with Spring's business strategies and goals. �Designs products and components with safety, quality, durability, reliability, value, and assembly as priorities. �Develops and plans short and long term goals in accordance with Spring's strategies and goals. �Establish design specifications, material selection, and potential suppliers with regards to product design. �Estimates project and product costs, assists with project justification, and recommends required materials and tooling. �Facilitates design reviews to discuss concepts and proposed product designs, engaging other functional areas of the business, to gain input regarding product manufacturability and quality and incorporating those inputs into final design. �Develops engineering solutions for design related customer field complaints. �Develop and implement cost reduction measures in accordance with financial objectives. �Prepares and submits capital requirements for product lines. �Prepares and issues required reports, summaries, and presentations related to engineering activities. �Maintains and controls engineering files, records, and documentation for part and process specifications, drawings, and patents. �Interface with purchasing and suppliers to investigate, resolve and assure compliance to specifications with supplier quality issues. �Represent the company in industrial organizations. �Collaborate with New Product Development and Marketing teams to introduce and develop new product concepts and existing product enhancements. �Support efforts to maintain and follow the New Product Development (stage gate) process. �Maintain and organize lab area following 5S principles. �Engaged in continuous improvement initiatives, recognizing process improvement methods to identify root cause, develop solutions, document process, and implement solutions. �Quality - (Required for all SWF job descriptions) - Integrates quality at the source thinking and activities in daily, individual, team and project work. (Applies to all job duties 100%) Additional Scope: �Responsible for product and design engineering activities for the respective product lines and other associated products. �Develops innovative designs that are congruent with product strategy and resolve patent infringement issues. �Involved in capital budgeting process affecting all relevant product lines and manufacturing process equipment selection. �Manages projects based on timelines established by product management priorities. Develops, plans, and implements timetables for engineering related projects. �Interacts and collaborates with associates in marketing, quality, manufacturing, customer service, external suppliers, and other key stakeholders with regards to quality and product improvement. �Direct interaction and communication with customers and consumers. �Daily contact with associates at all levels of the organization �Confers with engineering manager and product management team on major issues.
Education: �BSME Experience: Minimum - At least 1-2 years relevant mechanical engineering work experience. Preferred - �Experience working with drive systems (clutches, transmissions, small electrical motors) �Experience with low voltage and line voltage motors �Experience with new product development and product design �Familiarity with the design of injection molded plastic parts, die cast and die stamped metal parts. Skills Needed: �Conceptual and detail design skills �Experience with CAD drawing (Solid Works, Auto CAD) �Experience and knowledge of typical drafting standards �Experience with metal and wood machine tools �Data collection and management of database. �Technical writing skills for memos, lab reports, and project updates. �Strong general math skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide, percentages, fractions, metric conversions, algebra, and geometry) �Good interpersonal skills �Good analytical and problem solving skills �Good communication skills (verbal, written) �General computer skills Excel, MS Word, Lotus Notes, MS Project and Access �Preparing Samples for Testing and Analysis �Familiarity with consumer products and processes (injection molding, extrusion, stamping, roll forming) �Manage work according to established project timelines.