Project Engineer - R&D

Palatine, IL

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The project engineer will work in the Advanced Concepts group within the Research and Development department at Weber. The Advanced Concepts group’s role is to fill the pipeline of projects for the new product development process. The project delivery dates will range from one to five+ years in the future. This role is best suited for engineers who think outside the box and creatively, while driving a project through the development. It is important to be able to manage multiple projects in parallel, and deliver on projects that range from a few months of development to a few years.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Generates and refines design solutions to identified product requirements, formalize designs with the use of CAD tools.
  • Creates complex models and drawings to established guidelines and standards.
  • Ensures that products are designed to meet all performance specifications and regulatory requirements.
  • Uses formal tools such as Six Sigma, DFMEA, PFMEA and FEA to anticipate and solve design and manufacturing problems and to optimize the design for cost and quality.
  • Supports non-NPD initiatives including the resolution of quality issues and productivity initiatives.
  • Performs basic IP searches.
  • Provides design support across projects and product categories.
  • Supports creation of needed prototypes and models to validate designs, hands on at times.
  • Designs and runs testing plans related to project work.
  • Supports deployment of new products through manufacturing start.
  • Creates and maintains specifications and project documentation as needed.
  • Manages project timelines through Microsoft Project or an equivalent software.
  • Manages external resources (vendors, design firms, etc.) on development of new projects.
  • Requisitions performance testing as needed.

Education and or Experience

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience is typical for this role.
  • Degreed engineer, BSME,BSEE, BSIE required
  • Exposure to design/manufacturing of injection molding and or casting and or sheet metal fabrication is required.

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