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R&D Design Engineer

Company: Maag
Location: Natural Bridge
Posted on: June 4, 2024

Job Description:

MAAG Pump Systems, Automatik Plastics Machinery, Gala Industries, Reduction Engineering Scheer and Ettlinger - five successful and well experienced companies have joined forces to become the global partner for the polymer industry. As manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletizing and filtration systems and also pulverizers we offer top-grade equipment for your demanding requirements - not only for polymer applications, but also for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food industry.

Main position objectives

The Research and Development (R&D) engineer is responsible for designing and developing new products, services, and processes related to polymer manufacturing equipment. Integral to the development of new products, they will work on projects to increase product performance, reduce costs, reduce environmental impact, and support a highly diverse customer base. This individual will work closely with Product Management, Sales, Technical Service, and Manufacturing, to support the innovation and improvement of over 5 product lines to include, but not limited to, Die Plates, Dryers, Filtration, Pulverizers, and Tempered Water Systems.

What You'll Do:

Understand and hold paramount the needs of the end user to develop and improve new and existing products within Maag Americas Centers of Excellence (COE's): Die Plates, Dryers, Large Area Filtration, Pulverizers, Tempered Water Systems.

  • Perform product development steps as assigned, based on project complexity, including, but not limited to
    • Project Management: schedule management, budget tracking, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plans (RAMP)
    • Concept Generation: concept down-selection, prototyping, establishing customer needs and engineering characteristics
    • Product Development: engineering design reviews, design life and safety calculations/simulations, Design For Manufacturability (DFM), Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VAVE), manufacturing support (fixture/jig design), performance validation
    • Product Launch: technical product presentations, commercial literature review, generate production documentation (Models, drawings, Bill Of Materials (BOM), product compliance proofs)
    • Develop testing plans and execute tests to investigate first principles, evaluate proof of concept (PoC) designs, and validate new/existing products
    • Engage in activities aimed at exploring opportunities for innovation with an open mind and willingness to consider the impossible
    • Stay up-to-date on technological advancements in the polymer and manufacturing fields while actively looking for opportunities to improve products and processes
    • Collaborate with global teams to ensure seamless integration with adjacent Maag equipment
    • Execute day-to-day engineering functions, such as 3D modeling, drafting, interact with ERP and Product management software, write Engineering Change Orders (ECN), etc. The incumbent considers all interests of quality, accident prevention, and occupational safety as well as environmental safety in a preventive manner within their scope of responsibility and supports the avoidance of damages to people, facilities, assets, material and environment actively.

      The incumbent is obliged to perform tasks requested by management that relate to their position scope or arise from company needs. This job description reflects current status, right to make changes reserved

      What You'd Bring:


      3+ years Solid Works or similar CAD system

      • 5+ years' experience in design related field such as R&D, applications, or manufacturing
      • Experience in plastics processing equipment is highly desirable
      • Experience in Experimental Design (DoE) is highly desirable
      • Exposure to global safety regulations applicable to product compliance (i.e. CE, ATEX, NR-12)
      • Experience using measuring / test equipment, including micrometers, multi-meters, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's) Education


        BS in Mechanical Engineering (or Associates degree in engineering technology with 7+ year of experience in an applicable field)

        • Basic-advanced material science knowledge specific to metals and polymers
        • Understanding of metals and their manufacturing processes: forming, machining, welding, brazing
        • Understanding of mechatronics, Industry 4.0, and IoT principal integration
        • Multilingual (German preferred)
          Interpersonal skills and behavioral competencies

          • Highly communicative with excellent verbal and written communication skills
          • Innovative mindset, always looking at improving our processes
          • Highly organized and efficient in approaching tasks
          • Independent self-starter with ability to problem solve and anticipate/avoid issues
          • Strong team player, work ethic and commitment to win
          • Ability to multi-task and react to change quickly Desirable
            • Customer-focused with the ability to coach and mentor
            • Strong aptitude in contingency planning Work Arrangement : Onsite

              Salary Range : -

              We consider several job-related, non-discriminatory factors when determining the pay rate for a position, including, but not limited to, the position's responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, a candidate's education/training, the position's location, and the key skills needed for the position. Pay is one of the Total Rewards that we provide to compensate and recognize employees for their work.

              All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

              Job Function : Engineering

Keywords: Maag, Lynchburg , R&D Design Engineer, Engineering , Natural Bridge, Virginia

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