Product Design Engineer

Date: Nov 18, 2022

Location: Red Wing, MN, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Company Overview:

Central Research Laboratories (CRL) is the worldwide expert in hazardous material handling products, offering reliable protection and customized solutions for every application need. For 75 years, CRL has been a trusted supplier of remote handling solutions. Its innovative technologies provide safe and reliable protection for operators working with hazardous and sterile materials in Nuclear and Life Science applications around the world. CRL offers high quality products and exceptional technical expertise and support.


CRL is a division of DESTACO, the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and support of clamping, gripping and transferring solutions for workplace and flexible automation needs. A wide family of brands enables DESTACO to provide market-leading productivity improvement and cost reduction manufacturing solutions for customers in a wide range of industries. DESTACO brings over 100 years of experience to a global marketplace, with approximately half of its sales outside the United States, and manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia.


DESTACO is an operating company of Dover Corporation, a multi-billion dollar diversified global manufacturer headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. For 65 years, Dover has focused on innovative equipment and components, specialty systems and support services through its five major operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The company is committed to being a leader in every market that we serve, with a focus on growth, talent and leadership to fulfill this mission.


Position Summary:

The Product Design Engineer is responsible for designing new products, improving existing products, and customizing products to meet specific customer needs. Products range consists of mechanical design of remote handling products. He/she will conduct new product Ideation, design and development of identified remote handling product extensions and enhancements using various engineering processes. He/she will control the scope, schedule, and budget for identified projects, and identify and control risks. He/she will be responsible for completing all aspects of product design, development, and modification for products including research and design, creation of drawings and models, testing, documenting, reporting and support.  He/she will work within and communicate across various functional teams within CRL that will enable the successful development, launch, and support of products.


The Product Design Engineer – Reports to the Engineering Manager, Remote Handling. The position is located in Red Wing, MN. Travel up to 15% international and US is required.  The position requires the ability to work and communicate globally with diverse Sales, Applications Engineering, Customer Service, and Marketing teams worldwide.


Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited:

  • Leads new product ideation, development, and design, utilizing Voice of the Customer (VOC).
  • Designs and develops identified remote handling product extensions and enhancements, specifically rapid transfer ports, sterile liquid transfer ports, single use containers/bags, glove boxes, and tele-manipulators.
  • Researches, collects and reports information on the ability and capacity of products and competing equipment (competitive analysis). 
  • Controls scope, schedule, budget, risks and communication on identified projects.
  • Creates 3D assembly models, manufacturing drawings, and bills of materials, and generates CAD files, catalog art work, text and specifications.  Assist with trade show demos.
  • Provides equipment functionality and capability reports to the sales force, and acts as technical liaison to the sales team.
  • Develops and conducts product validations based off of industry standards.  
  • Works with various departments at CRL in resolving quality and production issues. Provides technical support to customers, inside/outside sales, and customer service. May evaluate products, parts, or processes for cost efficiency and reliability.
  • Participate in regular Business Development reviews and reports.
  • Coordinate, assign project tasks and follow up with internal and external resources per the product development checklists. May lead and direct the work of others.


Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:  

  • Strategic Mindset: Has understanding of global industry or market; creates breakthrough strategies that alter the competitive dynamics in a market, and establishes a series of competitive advantages yielding profitability that exceeds expectations for the organization.
  • Customer Impact: Creates value for customers addressing known and unknown needs. Knows and understands all aspects of the global market, including: economics, products and services, channels, the customers and their end-markets.
  • Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same directions. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.


Job Qualifications:


  • Requires 2-4 years of experience in the mechanical design field or in a related area.
  • Requires working knowledge of Solidworks design software both 2-D and 3-D (or equivalent) and geometric dimensioning and part tolerances. 
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within the engineering field such as: APQP, FMEA, FEA, R&M, and 8D problem solving.
  • Experience with administrating and executing project-related testing and documentation such as: Product Specification, FEA, DFMEA, DVP&R, DFM, Process Flow Diagrams, PFMEA, Product Run Trials, etc.
  • Knowledge of material, process, and quality requirements for the life science market is a plus.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Regulated environments
    • ISO 9001 or FDA preferred
    • ISO 13485 accepted
    • ASME NQA-1 accepted
  • Nuclear laboratory, radio-pharmaceutical and containment applications


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Results and very detail oriented, solution driven with project deadlines in mind
  • High energy, strong interpersonal skills, prefers to work in team entrepreneurial environment
  • Passion for hands-on involvement with strong initiative and exceed project goals
  • Analytical thinker, ability to make decisions and problem solve based on data
  • Adapts to customer and market trend changes with desire to learn new technology and methods
  • Good communication skills including facilitating meetings, verbal, and written skills
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural virtual teams maintaining significant involvement and team interaction
  • Able to execute tasks independently with daily or weekly direction from manager


Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering required.


Travel Requirements:

  • Ability to travel 15% of the time.


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.

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