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Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer in Portland at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 6/3/2019

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Job Description

The Opportunity | Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


The Design Engineer III leads the development work, problem resolution and design of new pedal products and their related component technologies and processes. This position will work directly with an in-house industrial designer to generate new product ideas and concepts. Concepts can be prototyped by technicians in our on-site prototype shop with many processes including, SLA rapid prototyping, 5-axis machining, injection molding, EDM, metal forming, etc. This position will also interface directly with our India and China engineering teams providing guidance on engineering analysis and technical process. The development work performed by the Design Engineer III will help to expand into new areas and products in the sports and recreation, construction, agriculture, and on-highway markets. Though not a supervisory position, the Design Engineer III will provide engineering assistance and consultation to other engineers and departments on technical matters.



Your Challenge:



  • Performs on-going conceptual and detailed design, design review and engineering analysis in support of New Product Introduction (NPI) projects

  • Ensures all objectives regarding aesthetics, functionality, specifications, and manufacturability are met

  • Oversees the use of appropriate modeling and concept visualization techniques in keeping with data and client evaluations

  • Participates in customer meetings recommending design approaches and solutions to technical problems affecting the customer and consults on critical issues

  • Interfaces directly with customer engineering in the design of new components and assemblies. When appropriate and as requested, works closely with clients to create new math models of pedals

  • Responsible for supporting all technical based process on projects such as: Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA), Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (PFMEA) reviews, TS 16949 and US Government Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)

  • Prepares and delivers detailed engineering specifications and data regarding product testing and release to the Manufacturing Department, using 3D design

  • Coordinates with the Manufacturing Department to resolve assembly, design, and measurement/ specification issues

  • Analyzes final design with various plastics and metals for stress using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure that the product meets customer specifications, making proper adjustment/ changes to design when appropriate

  • Ensures that engineering support of new products meet quality, governmental and customer specifications and is current with industry best practice; documenting all quality reviews, tests, and prototypes


Your Expertise:



  • Customer-focus mindset with strong interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills

  • Experience with any of the following design tools: SolidWorks, SolidWorks FEA, Oracle Agile PLM, etc.

  • Superior planning and organization skills; ability to operate under pressure and meet deadlines

  • Proficiency in Microsoft products: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, MS Project

  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently

Education & Experience:



  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field

  • Minimum of 5 years' product development or project leadership experience from concept to realization

  • Experience in designing products with integrated electromechanical design of assembly's

  • Experience with design of injection molded plastic parts

  • Experience with stress analysis including FEA

  • Experience with Spring or Gear designs is an asset

  • Knowledge of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing techniques in the automobile or commercial vehicle industry, preferred

  • Prior project management experience is desired

  • Knowledge of Quality Systems a plus (e.g TS 16949, ISO9001, AS9100, etc.)

This position may require exposure to information that is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.


Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.

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