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Engineer II

Department: 100300 INNOVATIONS-MKE
Location: Milwaukee, WI

JOB SUMMARY: Ensures the completion of engineering projects on time and on budget with limited guidance from senior engineering personnel. At all times act in a manner consistent with the DD culture.


  1. Use DDMS tools (3P, 5S, Kaizen events) to eliminate waste, improve operations, and launch new products.
  2. Utilize SolidWorks software to generate tooling, fixtures, gauges, plant layouts, product designs, and equipment drawings using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing as required.
  3. Design and build prototypes and production fixtures as required using fabrication, welding and machining skills.
  4. Assist in the implementation of Standardized Work and Job Instruction preparation.
  5. Effectively engage plant supervision to support production improvements through time studies, training and auditing of personnel. Provide clear concise feedback as required.
  6. Specify and introduce new technologies, methodologies, processes, tooling, gauges, fixtures and equipment to improve processes, plant performance and reduce costs.
  7. Write technical reports, product literature including owner’s manuals, parts lists, installation instructions, and Job instructions to document test results, product function, or production processes.
  8. Improve performance of technical teams through training, personnel development, and the use of standard work.
  9. Enter, check ,and maintain complex BOMs, ECNs, and coordinate changes with affected departments as required.
  10. Lead in the design, testing and performance validation of prototypes, including internal lab testing and external field testing.
  11. Support the use of DFMEA, PFMEA as parts of the NPD process through training and facilitating DFMEA and PFMEA activities.
  12. Lead small NPD core teams to develop new designs to meet or exceed company/customer standards for safety, quality, performance, reliability, manufacturability and cost
  13. Lead cross function project teams in support of operational strategic initiatives.
  14. Partner effectively with staff at other DD locations to share best practices and resources as required.
  15. May provide leadership, coaching, work prioritization, and supervision to engineers & hourly support staff.
  16. May prepare annual reviews of technical team members as required focusing on the improvement and development of skills



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


Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology, Strong oral and written communication skills, Preferred experience with: DFMEA, PMFEA, PPAP, FEA,SPC, Control Plans.  5-7 years previous engineering experience preferably in a manufacturing environment.

Communication Skills:

Communicate effectively with other employees at all locations. Sound interpersonal and leadership skills. Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization

Technical Skills:

Metal fabrication, welding, hands-on mechanical aptitude. Ability to safely and effectively operate common hand, power, and machine tools to produce prototype parts to specifications. Familiarity with manufacturing processes and materials including plastics. Diagnostics of electrical and hydraulics systems.

Computer Skills:

Working knowledge of SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint. TCM/PDC Experience using data acquisition equipment desirable.

Mathematical Skills:

Understand and able to use trigonometry, and complex concepts of algebra and geometry as required. Understanding of advanced math, calculus, advanced graphing and charting.

Reasoning Ability:

Solve practical problems and understand technical problems involving known variables in non-standard situations.

Physical Demands:

Frequently required to sit, stand, climb ladders, work with computer keyboards, telephone, Power tools and welding equipment (see above list of skills).

Work Environment:

Vision: close and distance focus, depth perception, adjust focus, color discrimination, peripheral vision. Occasional overtime, travel by plane or car to overnight locations

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