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NPD Design Engineer

Posted: 04/03/2022

Under general supervision of the NPD Engineering Manager, the NPD Design Engineer is responsible for design efforts from inception through production in the area of new product development.  NPD Design Engineers will work with Product Management Teams and cross functional design development teams to deliver innovative new products for Astec.
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 Mobile Plants, which are track mounted mobile plants with screens, feeders and crushing equipment on board. These plants incorporate, on board power systems, hydraulics, electrical controls and mechanical systems including drives, crushers, feeders, screens and conveyors.

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

  • Perform design engineering as is 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
  • None
  • 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

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