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Mechanical Designer/Machine Designer

Ken-Bar Tool & Engineering, Inc.

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Posted on 04/30/2023


Muncie, Indiana


The Company:

We, at Ken-Bar Tool & Engineering, Inc., are an innovative provider of diverse manufacturing solutions.  Our employees design and build tooling and equipment that help our customers maximize their production efficiency and quality.  With a broad product portfolio that includes assembly equipment and test equipment for the automotive, appliance, industrial goods, medical device and other industries, there is a lot of variety in the work we perform, creating a stimulating work environment.  Our automation and robotics solutions pose challenges that require creativity and skill from our workforce, but provide the satisfaction of advancing the state of manufacturing.


Job Summary:

The Mechanical Designer is responsible for creating and updating cost-effective machine and tooling designs utilizing a CAD system, following customer and internal specifications.  As part of that role, he/she performs calculations as needed and works with other members of the organization, including electrical/controls engineering, to assure robust and safe designs with built-in error-proofing.  The Mechanical Designer works efficiently to complete designs in a timely manner and prepares material for cross-functional design reviews internal to the organization and with the customer.  The designer also answers design questions for the manufacturing team and leads or participates in run-off activities to verify and demonstrate the proper function of his/her designs prior to shipment to the customer.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:

  • Translate customer specifications and requirements into robust equipment, fixture and tooling designs
  • Generate design concepts, 3-D CAD models, detail drawings, BOMs, build instructions, datasheets, operating instructions and spare parts lists
  • Perform engineering calculations (sizing, etc.) and tolerance studies as needed
  • Select materials and components to meet the design objectives
  • Ensure the designs adhere to industry and customer standards and the latest technology
  • Collaborate with other department members and with other company departments
  • Work with the Purchasing Department to assure timely and cost-effective acquisition of material and components needed to implement the designs
  • Establish and follow project timing
  • Create cost-efficient designs that meet budget targets
  • Follow company processes and procedures and assist in improving them
  • Prepare design review materials and lead design reviews
  • Lead customer meetings as needed and document with meeting notes
  • Validate equipment designs during and after build completion
  • Document lessons learned
  • Travel: <10%
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Skills & Abilities

Skills & Qualifications – Required:

  • 2-year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant design experience
  • High proficiency in SolidWorks
  • Proficiency in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Good understanding to standard manufacturing concepts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with production and assembly processes
  • Proven track record of designing production equipment
  • Solid understanding of test equipment
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical information with good attention to detail
  • Strong working knowledge of various mathematical and statistical concepts
  • Solid understanding of common industry safety standards and safety concepts and requirements
  • Solid understanding of ergonomics concepts and requirements
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds occasionally


Skills & Qualifications – Preferred:

  • Proficient in the use of problem-solving tools, such as Six Sigma
  • AutoCAD proficiency
  • Lean manufacturing background
  • Experience with leak testing
  • Experience with gage/gauge design
  • Experience with die design
  • Experience with welding processes
  • Experience designing automation equipment and robot cells, including material handling and machine-tending

Minimum Education & Experience

Skills & Qualifications – Required:

  • 2-year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant design experience
  • High proficiency in SolidWorks

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