Design Engineer II

Job Summary

This intermediate-level position is responsible for producing quality designs for custom equipment and tooling. This engineer works independently on medium complexity projects and higher complexity projects with some direction from a more experienced Design Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The level II Specials Design Engineer must show proficiency in all Specials Design Engineer I duties and responsibilities, as shown below.

  • Develop and implement design project plans per Extol guidelines.
  • Develop design concepts and review them with the customer before designing in earnest.
  • Develop mechanical designs and analyze expected costs to ensure that the design will hit the budget. Mechanical design includes:
    • Solid models and use of PDM
    • Manufactured detail drawings and electronic files
    • Purchased components including sensors and pneumatics
    • Pneumatic schematics
    • Sequence of operations with cycle time breakdown
    • Input/output definition (for Controls Engineering)
    • Safety calculations as required
  • Lead design review with the customer according to design meeting agenda
  • Collaborate effectively with other team members to ensure that the design will meet stakeholder needs (Customer, Project Manager, Controls Engineers, Material Conversion, Machine Builders)
  • Ensure released bill of materials accurately accounts for all mechanical components required
  • Ensure all required detailed drawings and electronic manufacturing files are released and manufacturable
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the Extol Quality Management System (QMS) by following all defined processes and producing the required records
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned as needed
  • Strive to live out the defined Extol values on a daily basis

In addition, the level II Specials Design Engineer is expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Working knowledge of Extol manufacturing processes and able to provide reasonable estimates on manufacturing costs.
  • Lead risk assessments and develop and implement mitigation plans as appropriate.
  • Evaluate and implement ergonomics best practices into designs.
  • Effective communication of controls technology.
  • Effectively communicates with suppliers and leverages those relationships to specify non-routine components so they work in the customer application.
  • Proficiency in pneumatic and hydraulic fluid circuit designs and schematics.
  • Proficiency in surface modeling in the Solidworks platform.
  • Proficiency in relevant engineering analysis such as FEA.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or associates degree in engineering/design
  • 2-4 years of experience designing custom automation and tooling using Solidworks
  • Proven proficiency in all Specials Design Engineer I duties and responsibilities
  • Proven ability and comfort with multi-tasking and shifting priorities
  • Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate effectively with others, including resolving conflict in a healthy manner.

Hours Required: Full-Time, 48 Hours/Week (Average), Exempt (Salary)

Regular Work Schedule: Monday – Friday (from time to time, work may require non-typical work hours to accommodate project deadlines and irregular workflow).

Overnight business travel to customers may occasionally be required.


Desk is in a pod on the manufacturing floor with no walls to encourage team collaboration. Daily exposure to machinery, manufacturing noise, and potential non-hazardous chemicals and lubricants.

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How To Apply

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Extol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.


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