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Principal Mechanical Engineer, R&D

Company: Automated Systems of Tacoma (AST)
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

What can I expect in this role?You will be part of a highly skilled machine automation and mechanical engineering team. As the R&D Principal Mechanical Engineer, you will report directly to the CTO, and will be responsible for researching, designing, testing, building, and carrying out complex and innovative engineering assignments related to machine automation, material handling, robotics, special tooling, material science and system designs! You will be responsible for the invention, development and integration of cutting-edge technologies, products, and processes.What will I be doing?

  • Creating new product development proposals based on technologies, trends, and marketplace needs. Taking design of products from concept to practical solution, and to end users.
  • Developing solutions and reviewing technical decisions that have high impact, both internal and external to AST.
  • Contributing to and having responsibility for the completion of assignments with broad product, technology investment and integration, customer, and strategic impact.
  • Developing or refining complex machine functions, automation, processes, products, and concepts, by applying advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for the assigned area.
  • Performing new product/system performance testing, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Promoting the advancement and effective utilization of technology in products and processes.
  • Estimating and creating project budgets and schedules and self-manage to expectations.
  • Optimizing, enhancing, and renewing existing/legacy platforms, process, and technologies.
  • Collaborating with internal teams and external vendors to generate high-quality, cost-effective solutions in very short periods of time.
  • Simultaneously managing multiple high visibility projects and tasks while effectively influencing, negotiating, and communicating with internal and external business partners, contractors, and vendors.
  • Providing technical leadership for large-scale engineering projects.
  • Traveling up to 25%.AST is looking for someone who has:
    • An engineering bachelor/master's degree, ideally in mechanical engineering or equivalent degree.
    • Over 10 years of practical engineering and innovation experience.
    • In-depth experience with material science, CFD, FEA, machine automation, and other major engineering tools, material handling, robotics, equipment tooling.
    • A good grasp on machine control systems, AI, and advanced sensory including vision system.
    • The ability to apply and integrate knowledge of other related engineering fields or experts to own area of expertise.
    • Proven experience being a collaborative team player who plays well with others, interdepartmentally and cross functionally to achieve company goals.
    • The ability to actively listen, unite team members, and seek resolution.
    • Proven experience being a strategic thinker who enjoys innovation and problem solving and goes above and beyond to identify root causes.
    • Dedication and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
    • Accountability and initiative. Someone who takes ownership of their work (errors too), persistently striving for resolution. Someone who drives productivity and positive change.
    • Benefits*
      • Competitive pay & bonus potential
      • Health insurance
      • Medical PPO and HSA health plan options available
      • Employer HSA contribution
      • Employer paid vision and dental
      • Employer paid long/short term disability
      • Continuing education assistance
      • Competitive 401(K) employer match (traditional and Roth options)
      • Paid Time Off (PTO) availableEligibility Requirements:
        • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
        • Must be willing to take and successfully pass a drug test.AST is proud of our team. Providing challenging and rewarding work, with opportunities for personal/professional development is our key to this longevity. AST is an equal opportunity employer.This is a full-time position based in Tacoma.*All benefits listed in this post are subject to change.

Keywords: Automated Systems of Tacoma (AST), Tacoma , Principal Mechanical Engineer, R&D, Engineering , Tacoma, Washington

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