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Design Follow-Up Engineer

Post date

August 21, 2019


Warren, Michigan


Mechanical Engineering


Full Time

Position Summary

Position Title: Design Follow-Up Engineer

FLSA Classification: Exempt (Salary)

Reporting to: Engineering Manager, General Manager


At Esys Automation, our culture of Excellence, Teamwork and Family is very important to our business and future.  We strive to attract and retain the best team members and to be a Workplace of Choice.  Our desired environment fosters team work, learning and creativity.  And our teams enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking and ownership.

The Mechanical Engineering Department is tasked with designing and commissioning the most efficient and reliable operational equipment, while adhering to budgets. The Mechanical Project Engineer is responsible for the design of all Esys equipment, and provides oversight to other Project Engineers, as well as suppliers, who may be involved in the design and/or engineering process.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordination of all internal and external mechanical design activities
  • Works closely with Manufacturing, Controls Engineering and Project Management to follow a project from its inception to the final customer acceptance and sign-off, provides follow up and support after this point
  • Reviews and releases final engineering drawings to the manufacturing department
  • Develop & maintain good relationships with customers & suppliers
  • Leads, organizes and participates in design review meetings for internal, as well as outsourced, designs
  • Ensures the equipment being started up and commissioned operates in accordance with the approved customer specification; interprets engineering drawings and specifications to develop and provide equipment installation instructions which are compliant with site installation requirements
  • Gather required project information from Customers & Suppliers to create specifications 
  • Develops equipment specifications for the internal mechanical design and/or build by outside vendors; ensures the selected suppliers follow Esys processes and meet project quality and delivery expectations, as well as maintaining the appropriate budget
  • Document information, decisions, changes related to mechanical design, etc. from Customers & Suppliers 
  • Conduct proper line ups when handing projects off to Esys Integration for Build 
  • Complete project related purchase requests for design work and provide to purchasing 
  • Travel to Supplier and Customer sites when required
  • Provides project specific direction to design suppliers
  • Perform design and build buy-offs & quality checks 
  • Reviews all mechanical engineering drawings prior to final release, ensuring compliance for customer buyoff
  • Ensures that Esys products and services continue to be the benchmark within the industry
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Esys Core Beliefs
  • Understand and employ the Esys Quality Management System
  • Demonstrates a commitment to safe work practices while on Esys or the customer’s premises
  • Other duties as assigned

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines without endangering the integrity of the equipment or compromising safety requirements
  • Ability to interact professionally with customers and suppliers, while maintaining a positive working relationship
  • Ability to work onsite within the Esys offices or at customer locations as required
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, as well as Google Applications (such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs)
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical design software applications (SolidWorks preferred)

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or other closely-related engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of design and engineering experience related to custom machinery and/or capital equipment
  • 3+ years of experience in a project-build, manufacturing environment

Work Environment:

  • Will operate in both a professional office environment and a manufacturing environment
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, scanners, plotters, printers and fax machines
  • The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate
  • May be expected to work on a manufacturing shop floor either at Esys or a customer facility:
    • The manufacturing environment may involve exposure to hazards
    • Manufacturing work surfaces may be unstable, uneven, or slippery
    • Temperatures in the manufacturing environment may not be controlled and could vary from hot to cold
    • May be required to work in areas where eye, ear, and/or foot protection is required

Physical Demands:

  • Employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear
  • The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pound
  • Specific vision abilities require the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • Travel by car and/or plane to other company facilities or to customer locations may be required

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

  • The Project Engineer is a full-time position
  • Days and hours of work may vary based on the project assigned, with a minimum of eight-hour shifts each day, and a minimum of five workdays per week
  • Evening and overnight work may also be required
  • The position may require extended hours during the workday as well as weekend work


  • Travel to suppliers and customers is required which includes extended travel depending on project and resource requirements
  • When travel to the customer is required, will be required to adhere to the customer’s project schedule and maintain the daily start and end times as directed by the customer/project
  • Travel to other Esys locations may also be required

Other Duties:

  • This position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job
  • Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice



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