The Product Development Engineer is responsible for the design, validation, development, and production launch activities for a variety of automotive aftermarket performance products for the On and Off-road market segment. The successful candidate will establish technical requirements, cost targets and development milestones while working in a cross-functional team environment to create consumer products. This position will report directly to the Director of Engineering & Product Development and has a high level of independent judgment and decision making.
Where you’ll spend your time:
Use SolidWorks extensively to design aftermarket automotive components and systems to achieve maximum performance for the enthusiast market. (e.g., suspension, skids plates, intercoolers, intakes, fuel systems, bracketry, accessory mounting solutions, etc.)
Generate working CAD models of components and assemblies
Crating manufacturing and assembly prints using GD&T ASME standards
Manage multiple projects from conception through production by researching, planning, and designing automotive performance products and systems
Write technical specifications and engineering documents; develop bills of material, technical product installation manuals and owner’s manuals and may create illustrations
Interact with internal and external entities such as purchasing, quality control, manufacturing, customer service, and outside vendors throughout all phases of product development.
Setting up test procedures, perform product validation, and put together analytical reports for management review
Research OEM, competitive products, and patents - and make recommendations for design strategies
Be able to design and/or fabricate test apparatus and equipment, and the development of methods and procedures for testing products and systems. Analyze test data and summarize findings, write technical engineering reports and engineering documents
Leverage 3D scanning, printing capabilities to design products in a manner that will allow efficient and cost-effective manufacturing and/or fabrication. Understand how to design or modify parts to be rapidly prototyped or 3D printed.
A team of automotive enthusiasts who have a drive to be successful as well as leaders who have passion for the off-road industry are driven, successful, and willing to help mentor and teach those who have the same passion.
Full-time benefits include medical, dental, vision, company-paid life, paid holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO), employee discounts, employee recognition program,s and more and more...
All employees are eligible for company-provided Life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, discounts on products, and 401(k) plan participation (after 90 days with “immediate” vesting).
Your work environment:
Combination of office and shop Environment.
Must be able to work at a desk and requires extended periods of sitting/standing.
Must be able to work in the shop on vehicles or out in the field installing/test-fitting and field-testing products which requires exposure to a shop environment
Requires repetitive movement and requires repeating the same physical or mental activities including bending, pushing, pulling, and movement in small spaces.
Requires ability to lift 35 lbs. on a regular basis.
Requires the technical ability to take apart and re-assemble vehicles.
Able to travel to vendor facility visits, trade shows, events, product testing trips and is anticipated approx. 3 weeks per year but could be more or less depending on business needs.
You have/ are:
BS in Mechanical, Automotive or Mechatronics Engineering or Equivalent Work Experience
minimum of 2 years in the automotive aftermarket, enthusiast segment preferred
Experience working for a start-up/small company’s engineering department preferred
Specialty and experience in one or more areas such as suspension systems, intakes, exhaust, heat exchangers, etc.
Solidworks experience is a must, Polyworks experience preferred.
In-depth understanding of material science, post-processing, and manufacturing methods.
Full understanding and competency in ASME GD&T standards
Must also be proficient at working on cars and competently be able to take apart and re-assemble vehicles.
Proven experience managing projects through the stage-gate process.
Achievement Oriented – focusing your efforts on achieving high-quality results.
Passion for Teamwork – work with others to help them achieve their personal and organizational goals. You celebrate your wins with others, celebrate others wins and successes, and realize when the company falls short, you fall short and look for ways to succeed.
Exemplify Integrity – treating others fairly, honestly, and respectfully; furthering the integrity of the organization and its relationships of trust within your own teams, customers, and the broader community; maintains ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances.
Passion for Troubleshooting and self-motivation – must be self-motivated to seek out issues, come up with solutions and convey a strategic plan on how to resolve macro and micro problems. Must have the skillset to do multi-dimensional analysis and think on a macro level.
Must pass a pre-employment Drug Screen and Background check upon hire (not all charges are disqualifying)
Internal Number: 645
About Aftermarket Performance Group (APG)
Aftermarket Performance Group (APG) is a fast-growing leader in the automotive enthusiast industry. The company is made up of multiple divisions focused on the wholesale distributor and direct-to-consumer segments within diesel performance (Premier Performance Products), Jeep and off-road (Northridge4x4), compact performance (RallySport Direct, JB Automotive), and Off-Road Truck (Stage 3 Motorsports) and a manufacturing division (Proprietary Brands/GrimmSpeed).