Tool & Die Engineer

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world. The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports.


DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion. The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary: Tool and Fixture Design Engineer


As a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Team at DESTACO, fellow Manufacturing Engineers will call upon you to provide fixture requirements and design. Working cross-functionally with engineering groups and production teams across the company, you will use your creativity to bring concepts to fruition. The successful candidate will be responsible for aspects of custom fixture design and development. This person will be enthusiastic, flexible, and eager to solve technical challenges.  


What Success Looks Like

    • You will team up with our new Tool room manufacturing team to pioneer processes for engineering complex parts through the CNC machines
    • You will play a pivotal role in growing the team to take on more projects to improve productivity and eliminate quality issues.
    • You will use your design expertise to create tool and fixture projects, both complex and some simple.
    • You will use your excellent people skills to guide fellow engineers and operators in offering full designs and partnering with them in solving technical challenges.
    • You will communicate effectively to provide fellow engineers and operators with guidance with their design concepts and direct them in the steps to finalize their creations.
    • You will work as part of a close-knit and cohesive team to deliver outstanding creations. 


The Tool and Fixture Design Engineer reports to Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor and is located in Wheeling IL location.


Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:


  • Design and/or modify machine fixtures and equipment used for production of the Destaco’s products.
  • Incorporate standard purchased tooling components as needed into the tool/ fixture designs.
  • Check tool and fixture designs by validating their accuracy and function.
  • Create and maintain detailed component and assembly models to support fabrication of tools and fixtures.
  • Manage tool design workload and prioritize accordingly.
  • Interact with Manufacturing Engineers to optimize tool designs for manufacturing quality and costs.
  • Interact, as needed, with tool makers and vendor machine shops.
  • Evaluate existing designs so new designs are continually improved and enhanced.
  • Must be able to read blueprints, understand GD&T.
  • Must be familiar with CNC Lathes and Mills.
  • Experience with metallurgical design requirements.
  • Experience in the start-up, and scale-up of new product introductions.
  • Must have a general knowledge of CNC machining capabilities.


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

  • 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.
  • Results-Driven: Produces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
  • Builds and Manages Collaborative Relationships: Establishes and nurtures relationships. Takes action to partner with the communities in which we operate and to be an appropriate corporate citizen.


Job Requirements:



  • 2 – 5 years’ experience with tooling and fixture design
  • 2 – 5 years’ experience in machining and manufacturing (tools and fixturing, CNC, etc.) required
  • 1 -2 years’ experience in CAD and solid modeling requires (Solid works experience preferred)
  • A solid foundation in machining and manufacturing (tools and fixturing, CNC, etc.) preferred
  • Experience with machine shop practices preferred



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • With minimal supervision, demonstrate the ability to solve practical problems, interpret, resolving problems and issues using a variety of instructions or guides furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Fluent in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Knowledge and experience using micrometers, depth micrometers, inside diameter gauge, and outside diameter gauge.
  • The ability to communicate complex issues in a clear, compelling manner, both orally and in writing required
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Understand engineering blueprints (Casting, Forging, Machining)
  • Working knowledge of estimating machining time, understand machining methods (for all metal types),
  • Knowledge of tooling and fixturing, working knowledge of equipment and its capabilities, independent working, and decision-making skills.


Education and Certification Qualifications:


  • Associates degree in Design or Engineering from a two-year technical school or college
  • BS degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial, or Materials Engineering, or a related discipline preferred
  • Mastercam certification a big plus
  • Solidworks certification and experience big plus
  • Inventor experience preferred (not required)


Travel Requirements:


  • Up to 10% travel – mainly for training purposes

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.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Illinois : Wheeling

Sub Division : Industrial Motion Controls, LLC

Job Requisition ID : 36143

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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