Position Description

Engineer - Senior Designer
Location Cedar Rapids, IA
Department Engineering
Employment Status Regular Full Time
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New Leader Manufacturing seeks a dedicated and innovative Senior Design Engineer to join our Cedar Rapids, Iowa team and work on a variety of projects related to the development, design, and testing of our industry-leading agricultural and municipal equipment. As a mid-sized manufacturing company, NLM offers the flexibility of a small company with the benefits and career advancement opportunities of a large organization. Our in-house engineering team is involved in every facet of our projects, from the initial conception all the way through to final design and testing.  With an international presence, our products serve some of the largest cities and customers in the world and make a profound impact on our environment. For that reason, we focus the majority of our time and effort researching and developing the newest technology in our field, continuing to move our industry and company forward and ensuring the best equipment possible is on our roadways and in our fields.  

The  Senior Design Engineer is responsible for applying a diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices to broad areas of assignments relating to the development, design, and documentation of agricultural, municipal, and construction equipment. This position will receive general direction of key objectives to complete essential duties.

Key Responsibilities

RESULTS

Critical 55%

  • Designs mechanical products including the application of hydraulics, electronics, and software.
  • Performs engineering computations and analyses related to machine design, strengths of materials, hydraulic circuits, dynamics, heat transfer, power, etc.
  • Serves as technical specialist and mentors for peers in at least one area, including but not limited to, hydraulics, FEAs, electronics, strengths of materials, mathematics, industry standards, and sensor application.
  • Keeps informed of new developments and requirements in related fields that affect the organization including new technologies, techniques, processes, materials, industry standards and regulations.

Productivity / Job Knowledge 20%

  • Acquires broad knowledge of company product designs and applications.
  • Applies sound analytical methods in the evaluation and application of mechanical components, materials, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical actuators, and sensors.
  • Designs and conducts experiments, and analyze and interpret data to solve problems.
  • Applies extensive and diversified knowledge of engineering in broad areas of non-routine assignments which include working with multi-functional teams.
  • Develops, monitors, and fulfills project timelines by working with Sales, Marketing, Service, Manufacturing, customers, and outside sources.
  • Assumes project lead role assigned and direct tasks of other engineering team members to fulfill project timelines meet other goals.
  • Evaluates field installations and recommends design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.

Dependability 15%

  • Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.
  • Completes goals/projects on time or ahead of schedule.
  • Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.
  • Follows through and meets commitments.
  • Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.

Safety 10%

  • Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.

Total 100%

CORE VALUES

Act Like an Owner. 20%

  • Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.
  • If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.
  • Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested. 20%

  • Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself. 20%

  • Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.
  • Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives. 20%

  • Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.
  • Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast. 20%

  • Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.
  • Is fearless.
  • Readily admits mistakes.

Total 100%

Requirements

Qualifications and Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or agricultural engineering from an accredited engineering school required with a minimum of five (5) years of product design experience in a manufacturing environment, and with similar products.
  • Experience evaluating, selecting, and applying a broad range of sensors, electronics, and hydraulics to mechanical designs.
  • High level of solid modeling and documentation skills.  Experience in FEA desirable.
  • Strong CAD skills (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Strong Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite.
  • Oral and written communication skills appropriate for working with all levels of the company, customers, and suppliers.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit and interface with computer systems while maintaining a high level of concentration.  The employee is also regularly required to stand and walk while performing the duties of the job. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands/fingers to handle or feel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.  Employee may be exposed to shop environment while distributing documents to shop area.  When on shop floor, employee will be required to wear safety glasses at all times, steel-toed footwear and ear protection when job demands presence in areas outside safety zones and gloves when handling material. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud.  Position involves working indoors and outdoors with some exposure to weather conditions.

We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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