Product Development Engineer in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 8/6/2018

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Job Description

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont
 

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:


This is an individual contributor role.  The primary functions of the Product Development Engineer include the engineering design and product testing activities required to ensure project objectives are meet.  Projects include; Custom products based on architectural designs provided by the customer, cost reduction of existing products, product enhancements, and development of new products. The incumbent schedules and arranges labor resources for physical testing of product and is responsible for ensuring instruments are calibrated and are functioning correctly.   The incumbent oversees the physical test and is directly responsible for test site safety.  The incumbent documents testing conditions, records data, and compiles a comprehensive test report that is logged into the Product Development test database. The design team may consist of one or more individuals from Application Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Procurement (Global Sourcing Group), Sales & Marketing, SWATT and Operations.  The incumbent utilizes in-house consultation of colleagues and Principle Engineers to assure specifications are met, and receives consultation from Manufacturing to ensure design efficiency and manufacturability. Depending on the scope of the project the Product Development Engineer may be responsible for leading the development team.  The incumbent must continually improve his or her knowledge of existing assemblies, keep up-to-date on manufacturing capabilities. 


Essential Functions:



•         This position reports to the Manager of Product Development Engineering and has no direct reports or indirect reports.


•         This role requires up to (10%) travel (internationally/domestically), including overnight stays.


•         Responsible for coordinating and conducting physical testing of products


•         Work in design and development activities to meet project requirements as defined by the Project Manager


•         Work with individuals from Manufacturing Engineering, Machine Builders, and Sales and Marketing to ensure design efficiency and manufacturability


•         Participate in conference calls with customers and provide design direction and input with respect to manufacturability of custom projects


•         Follow standard design and development procedures, recommending updates to design procedures when needed


•         Responsible for the engineering design and development of new products to meet requirements defined by Product Managers


•         Responsible for modifications to existing designs and products to meet changes in manufacturing capabilities, support cost reduction activities, and address reliability and warranty issues


•         Responsible for providing creative and innovative engineering solutions that aid in the resolution of field and manufacturing problems and in the maintenance and improvement of existing products


•         Responsible for implementing all phases of project plans and monitoring progress per established schedule and budget targets


•         Responsible for maintaining good relationships with customers, field personnel and other Valmont departments to ensure the most efficient working environment


•         Responsible for the detailed project documentation currently required by Valmont Product Development procedures


•         Responsible for advancing personal technical competence in order to participate in new design concepts using the latest state-of-the-art technology


•         Responsible for reviewing and providing inputs to the product development procedure to ensure continuous improvement of processes


•         Responsible for providing technical design inputs and technical direction for design reviews


•         Provide technical support to other departments as required toward meeting the needs of our customers


Other Important Details about the Role:


The Product Development Engineer acts as a project team leader working with cross functional partners to design and develop activities required to meet product requirements.  The position is accountable meeting milestone dates for those projects assigned.  The role requires partnership with multiple cross functional partners.  This engineer is responsible for attending technical design review meetings and providing technical design inputs and direction when needed. The Project Team Leader must continually improve his or her knowledge of existing assemblies, keep up-to-date on manufacturing capabilities, and developing an awareness of the field usage of our products. The employee in this position is also expected to mentor Junior Engineers and the Engineering Technicians as they coordinate their project workflow.



Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):



•         Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years preferred relevant experience


•         3D Computer Aided Design experience


•         FEA-Finite Element Analysis experience


•         Machine design experience


•         A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point and Microsoft Word


•         Previous work experience within the mechanical or structural design field


•         Previous work experience managing projects


•         Excellent communication, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills


•         The ability to mentor and lead others


•         Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results


Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:



•         Experience with steel metallurgy, welding processes


•         Experience in design for fatigue, preferably of welded steel structures


•         Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)


Working Environment and Physical Efforts:


Work is typically performed in an office setting; however, incumbent may be required to go into the production or shipping/receiving areas. While visiting the manufacturing areas of the plant, use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required at all times. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and attend meetings. The Product Development Engineer will also spend time traveling to and from different venues. The work environment can be demanding at times with harsh weather conditions while working outdoors. Domestic travel represents up to 10% of the yearly work schedule for the Product Development Engineer and includes transportation by vehicle and by air.    95% of the tasks are sedentary.  The employee is constantly required to use hands and fingers to type and design. There may some assembly of small parts required. For the most part, the physical effort level is considered light to moderate. Reaching hands and arms above shoulder height while working in the office may be required. The employee is occasionally required to move about the office or plant. There are areas of the plant that cannot be accessed by elevator and the employee may need to occasionally visit those locations. There may be off-site visits and the employee is expected to get him/herself to the venue. The employee may have to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. A dolly, forklifts and hoists are available for transportation of heavier items. Specific vision abilities important for this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color identification and depth perception. There is a certain level of decision making and analysis that this position requires although any large decision would be made with the guidance of more senior level engineers. There are times when some of the administrative tasks are repetitive and somewhat mundane, yet an integral part of the essential functions of the position. This position requires mental stamina and patience as it requires coaching and leading lesser-skilled colleagues on proper design techniques. 


Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email EEOCompliance@Valmont.com.