Sr Mechanical Engineer

Position Overview

Responsible for researching, planning, and designing electromechanical products and systems. Performs, directs, and coordinates activities involved in design, fabrication, operation, application, testing and production.   Performs advanced engineering work, directing junior-level engineers and assisting other junior-level engineers on major projects; Applies engineering principles developing, testing, and modifying designs.  Responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing design, testing, quality assurance (QA), assessing vendors, and equipment.

A. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Manages projects as a hands-on employee using technical and administrative skills to oversee and complete engineering projects. Designs and prototypes Electro-Mechanical assemblies, which support interdisciplinary (mechanical, electrical, controls, etc.) projects.

2. Lead the design and development of Switchgear, Outdoor Breakers, Transformers, and other products as required for existing and new product hardware design.  Develops methods and procedures for testing products or systems to ensure products and systems conform to engineering and customer specifications.

3.  Lead all module failure mode avoidance development including subsystem DFMEA development, failure mode avoidance reviews and providing input from current module/system experiences.

4. PCB area estimation, and packaging, wiring design layouts for electronics.

5. Lead all module failure mode avoidance development including subsystem DFMEA development, failure mode avoidance reviews and providing input from current module/system experiences

6. Troubleshoot Mechanical designs and perform Mechanical and Dielectric simulations.

7. Manage component specifications and support engineering drawings, and release parts and subsystems for production document control

8. Creation of test reports, specifications, and competitor investigations.

9. Technical contact for ME activity for development of new products and exiting products related to Core products.

10. Research, design, development, testing and support of the Electro-Mechanical hardware components used within new and existing products, production support as needed.

11. Be competent in the use of a computer design package, preferably SolidWorks for design capture and simulation, general PC based tools, including Word and Excel.

12. Produce quality documentation in support of manufacturing operations and product certification.

13. Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams from design conception through verification testing of the system, ensuring designs are market focused, scalable, and reliable.

14. Researches, assesses, and validates the capabilities of equipment, technology choices or systems that are to be used in the product development process meet the product requirements. Develops trade matrices to assist in the down selection process.

15. Assists in all facets of the regulatory approvals process, including participating in component and system level design reviews, test plan preparation, issue troubleshooting /mitigation.

16. Designs, executes, and manages tests to collect statistically significant data to ensure technical specifications and product requirements are met.

17. Proficient in using computer-based data acquisition and processing; A working knowledge of statistics for data characterization and hypothesis testing is required.

B. Supervision

1. Position reports to: R&D Manager

2. Works with moderate supervision and general operating direction from the: R&D Manager

3. Supervisory responsibilities are anticipated for this job No

C. Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses

intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures; Actively seeks data, engineering reports, and perspectives from different sources in understanding a problem: Utilizes inputs in effectively formulating work plans and approach; Demonstrates knowledge of, and regularly utilizes, problem solving tools and techniques in work approach (Examples include root cause analysis, statistical analysis, Design of Experiments, DMAIC/Six Sigma methodologies, etc.).

2. Design and Manufacturing – Solid understanding of product development for low to medium volume markets; Experience and understanding of manufacturing technologies such as lding, electronics assembly, packaging, quality engineering and product/reliability testing; Experience working with manufacturing sources in Asia; Ability to understand and lead personnel in all aspects of product design, engineering, quality, production, and supply chain.

3. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Capable of defining a problem and developing a thorough list of potential causes and alternatives for correction. Follows through on implementation; Effectively prioritizes action plans; Anticipates and thinks through the implications and outcomes before taking action; Exercises sound judgment in isolating root cause and efficiently implements corrective action; Develops and improves work approach and processes by documenting critical action steps and applying knowledge and previous lessons learned.

4. Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Executes deliverables on-time, within cost targets, and with the appropriate level of quality; Develops action plans (including outlining owner, action, dates, and deliverables) and executes deliverables on-time, within cost, and with the appropriate level of quality.

5. Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others;  Pursues self-development opportunities to acquire and broaden technical knowledge;  Proactively seeks constructive feedback and coaching from manager and others to enhance  skill set; Demonstrates advanced knowledge, technical proficiency, and engineering rigor in performing role and achieving objectives. Acknowledged technical leader in 1 or more technical areas or processes. Seeks opportunities to expand or acquire technical skills and enhance professional skill development through self-study and researching best practices and/or emerging technologies/techniques.

6. Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs: Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

7. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting, keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.

8. Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Actively contributes and participates in meetings; Carefully prepares for meetings and presentations; Leads well-organized, efficient meetings (using effective meeting protocols and guidelines).

9. Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar: Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information. Presents information and data in a logical, well thought out, and easy to evaluate manner so that accurate conclusions and decisions can be mad; Represents and articulates technical viewpoints in a way that encourages thought and influences dialogue; Distills ideas into focused messages that inspire action from others.

10. Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

11. Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Actively engages in technical discussions and meetings on projects, programs, and deliverables. Provides constructive, direct feedback and challenges technical data, findings, or conclusions.

12. Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively, builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

13. Managing People – Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Improves processes, products, and services; Continually works to improve leadership skills.

14. Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Actively demonstrates effective use of, support, and compliance with company systems, tools, and processes; Voluntarily contributes to the improvement of business/ technical organization systems.

15. Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

16. Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational values.

17. Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Organizes efforts and activities. around most important deliverables: Impact of work contribution is significant to projects, products, and/or business deliverables.

18. Judgment – Consciously uses financial impacts to prioritize activities and manage time effectively, includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions. Is conscientious, efficient, and responsible in the use of company time and resources.

19. Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Conveys a strong sense of urgency and bias for action.

20. Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Uses work time effectively and efficiently. Makes appropriate judgments on priorities and escalates conflicts for direction when there is uncertainty.

21. Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

22. Detail Oriented – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality: Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

23. Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in a timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly with good results.

24. Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

25. Adaptability – Embraces changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Positively supports and adapts to changes that affect work and/or work environment.

26. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

27. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitments; Commits to extended hours of work when necessary to reach goals: Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; Demonstrates a persistent and resilient work approach in achieving deliverables despite interruptions, obstacles, or setbacks; Consistently informs and provides regular updates to manager and team about project status and issues impacting deliverables.

28. Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities, asks for, and offers help when needed; Provides recommendations and implements solutions for improving work processes and practices; Effectively leads technical deliverables, projects and/or teams; Resource for training less experienced team members.

29. Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Questions status quo and asks how things could be done more effectively; Consistently brings forth ideas and opportunities for continuous improvement by staying abreast of new technologies and ways of doing things, looks beyond the organization for new ideas and innovative approaches; Actively publishes discoveries, solutions, and ideas through formal, enduring vehicles such as engineering reports, invention disclosures, research/white papers.

D.  Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial level reports, and legal documents.

2. Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations; Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

3. Reasoning Ability: 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; Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems; Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

4.  Knowledge of design: Design of Mechanical parts and assemblies including mechanisms, automation, and Medium Voltage products.

5. Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; Five years related experience and/or training; or Masters and 6+ years’ experience; or PhD and 4+ years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

E. Work Environment

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.

1. Office environment Yes

  • Sit for 2-6 hrs of daily time.
  • talk or hear for up to 2-3 hrs of daily time
  • Experience moderate noise for over 2-6 hrs of daily time (MFG test environment)

2. Hazardous material handlingNo

3. Airborne contaminants:  No

4. Engineering lab equipment Yes

  • Work with engineering lab equipment for up to 2/3 of the time, (may require equipment

Training and PPE training)

  • Use hands and fingers, handle, or feel for up to 2/3 of the time.
  • Stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl for up to 2/3 of the time.
  • Reach with hands and arms for up to 2/3 of the time.
  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds for up to 1/3 of the time and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Experience loud noise for up to 1/3 of the time (machinery)
  • Work near moving mechanical parts – Yes.
  • Risk of electrical shock – Yes

5. Tools and vision – Yes

  • Work with lasers (sensors) and optics (microscope) (inspection and mfg. Equipment)
  • Use of hand tools including soldering equipment
  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
F. Corporate Policies and Standards Compliance

Employees are responsible for compliance to, and training on:

1. JST company policies (all employees) Yes

2. JST safety policies (all employees) Yes

3. JST Quality Management System (all employees) Yes

4. Other as required (all employees) Yes

Job Department: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Lake Mary FL

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