Overview

EJ has an immediate opening for a Product Designer.

Generous Benefit Package that includes:  Vacation & Holiday Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program, 401K (with match), Life Insurance, etc.

SUMMARY

Supports existing products as well as new business opportunities from conceptual stages through production. This entails the coordination of multiple projects along with providing support for sales activities.

The candidate will have responsibility over creation and maintenance of project design-related documents, e.g. specification reviews, drawings, solid models, bills of materials, stack-up analyses, validation plans, product and process specifications, change orders, etc. Interact directly with various individuals and teams to design new products and maintain existing products that meet or exceed our customer’s expectations with focus on continuous improvements to quality, delivery and cost.

The candidate will take pride in their hands-on and analytical abilities, organization skills, and attention to detail. The candidate will have a proactive problem-solving approach to any issues that may arise and appreciates an environment where superior work is encouraged and recognized.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Creates models/drawings in Solidworks (CAD) Design.
Develops expertise in designing infrastructure cast products.
Thoroughly understands customer and industry requirements/specifications and offers design solutions based on that understanding.
Works with customers and sales in providing product design and technical support, i.e. product design, consultation and service.
Assists sales and manufacturing in determining the costs and profitability of taking on new sales or products.
Assists with drawings, cost estimates, time schedules, written descriptions and instructions for the project.
Collaborates with and provides input to entire cross-functional team (Sales, Quality, Manufacturing, Testing, and Purchasing).
Works with manufacturing on the effective implementation of new products within the shop, i.e. processes, routings, bill of materials, standards and new product set-up.
Resolves design and/or installation questions.
Prepares project status reports and maintains communications between all parties involved in order to avoid conflicts and promote progress to completion.
Assists in customer complaint investigations, reporting and follow-ups. Leads the effort to improve product quality as seen by the customer.
Provides various troubleshooting assistance to Sales through part set up corrections and assisting with problems in the field.
Promotes safety awareness, accident prevention, and employee involvement with regard to a safe work environment.
Promotes the company culture, the mission and vision, and the core values of the company.

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.

Must present self in a diplomatic and professional manner. Phone and personal contact with EJ sales personnel and customers is part of this position.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a college or technical school; and five years of 3D modeling experience required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Familiarity with casting design is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Expertise with 3D modeling (preferably Solidworks) and finite element analysis techniques.
Willingness to work on production floor, performing hands-on activities such as product testing, part inspections, part layouts, and assembling of products.
Ability to conceptualize “verbal” projects and directives given by prospective and current customers.
Familiarity with various engineering materials (e.g. iron, steel, aluminum, plastics, composites, adhesives, epoxies).
Able to work well under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines.
Self-initiative and strong desire to learn new skills and create innovative solutions.
Fluent in common MS office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor environment/construction site type conditions and moving mechanical equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

TRAVEL

Domestic or international air travel may be required.

About EJ

We are the leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications, and utility networks.  We have a presence worldwide and our corporate headquarters is in East Jordan, Michigan.

The core strength of our business is our dedicated employees.  Employees who embrace our values, understand the importance of relationships, and strive for excellence.  Our values, which have been passed down for generations, are the essence of our company’s identity and our guide for making decisions.  Core values at EJ include, safety and security, honesty and integrity, environmental responsibility, respect for others, quality and excellence, and social responsibility.