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Design Engineer

Posted: 02/28/2024


Astec is a global, environmentally focused infrastructure and manufacturing company of asphalt road building and aggregate processing. Our mission is to design and build the most innovative products for the industries we serve. Leveraging innovative solutions and technologies, we serve customers all over the world.


Under general supervision of the Engineering Manager, the job of the Engineer is responsible for design efforts from inception through production in new product development or existing product design.

The Design Engineer position at Astec has four (4) levels dependent on experience and specialty. There are engineers who specialize in new and existing product development/design, product safety, manufacturing set-up, hydraulic and electrical product development/design. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other engineers, cross-functional teams not limited to sales, manufacturing, purchasing, and service. They will develop conceptual and final design solutions, manage and coordinate project activities, support existing product offerings, and perform testing or analysis of new and existing products to further Astec’s product line development goals.

Design Engineers can be asked to travel to develop business relationships with customers, dealers, and suppliers. They may also participate in product focus groups to gain critical customer application and design suggestions to assist in the development of the product lines.

This position will focus on portable plant equipment such as jaw, cone, or VSI crushing plants and portable screen plants.

The preferred site location is Yankton SD.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (may include but not limited to)

  • Perform design engineering as it relates to Astec product development and improvement projects.
  • Effectively use 3-D CAD to model designs and use other engineering tools like FEA to optimize solutions
  • Create, check, and maintain thorough engineering specifications and drawings
  • Manage engineering changes per establish company procedures
  • Be a technical resource as needed to support other departmental needs such as operations, quality, purchasing, service, et cetera




Design Engineer is responsible for certain internal control responsibilities. These internal control responsibilities have been verbally communicated to the Design Engineer and periodic feedback is provided as it relates to the performance of these internal control responsibilities.


Job-related Skills and Abilities

  • Maintain positive, cooperative working relationships by working, interacting, and communicating with various personalities, getting along with customers, vendors, co-workers and management, working both individually and as part of a team
  • Use interpersonal skills to an be effective member of cross-functional project teams from concept to testing, and ultimately to production
  • Demonstrate technical and written skills to document ideas, designs and concepts
  • Proficient with personal computing, Microsoft Office Suite, 3-D CAD software applications (SolidWorks preferred) and ERP systems (Oracle preferred)
  • Good organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to set daily priorities and adjust to sudden changes in project/priority and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a positive fashion
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for assigned tasks and take on new challenges
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment on a customary and regular basis
  • Effectively work with sketches, marked-up prints and verbal instructions to drive concept to solution
  • Review customer drawings, specification drawings, and other applicable specifications to determine requirement and/or feasibility of component
  • Develop design concepts to meet required cost objectives including involvement with supply chain operations to provide technical information for the selection of components.
  • Ability to develop and/or guide necessary computations such as load development, stress analysis, performance measurement, hydraulic circuit analysis, costing, etc. and interpret the results as necessary
  • Responsible for achieving due dates and pre-defined requirements defined by management
  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing and/or design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regards to the product
  • Use root cause analysis and other problem-solving skills to determine opportunities to improve products and implement corrective actions.
  • Follow internal company standards when creating or inputting data
  • Follow and actively support all company policies and procedures, to include a primary emphasis on safe operations
  • Follow Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity program guidelines at all times
  • Perform work according to supervisor's directives when requested
  • Document assigned tasks as required

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to write effective reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Math Skills

  • Ability to comprehend and apply principles of modern algebra, analytical geometry, and trigonometry

Reasoning Ability Skills

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

Levels of design engineer Position

Levels will be determined based on education, experience, and equivalents.

Design Engineer I


  • Experience involving new product development (NPD) projects
  • Technical understanding of leading edge technologies in automation, robotics, remote monitoring, and mobile autonomy ("Mechatronics" skills)
  • Technical understanding of leading edge manufacturing technologies in computer numerically-controlled (CNC) strategies, industrial adhesives, and advanced materials such as polymers and composites
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing processes, Safety and 5S to identify and assist with continuous improvement


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Agriculture, Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering, or related field

Design Engineer II

  • Must meet minimum education and experience requirements of Design Engineer I
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in equipment design and manufacturing (mechanical, structural, hydraulic, and electrical/control system design)

Design Engineer III

  • Must meet minimum education and experience requirements of Design Engineer I
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in equipment design and manufacturing (mechanical, structural, hydraulic, and electrical/control system design)

Design Engineer IV

  • Must meet minimum education and experience requirements of Design Engineer III
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience designing Astec-specific equipment


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: DOE


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Schedule: Day shift, Monday to Friday with overtime

Ability to commute/relocate:

Yankton, SD 57078: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


Bachelor's (Preferred)

Experience: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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