Senior Mechanical Engineer, Product Design – Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Science & Engineering
  • Fulltime
  • 1 year ago
  • Rochester

Job Information

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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Experience : 10-15+years

Job Description


Golisano Institute for Sustainability


Detailed Job Description

GIS is looking for an enthusiastic engineer with a strong background in new product design and development, hands-on experience with computer aided design, and a passion for sustainability. In our environment, researchers work with and mentor undergraduate and graduate students and are engaged in collaborative research with leading companies that produce a wide variety of products and technologies.

This position will primarily support a 2-year research project developing a design for remanufacturing tool for industry. As a Mechanical Engineer at GIS you may also lend your expertise to other projects; this support may include direct interaction with clean technology startup companies to review designs and assist with product development efforts, design of cost-effective and reliable products and/or processes, application of computer aided design tools, development and manufacture of test equipment and execution of test programs for product/component reliability and performance. You should be equally comfortable with a hands on development role (prototype development and testing) and with model-based engineering tools, such as SolidWorks, Autodesk tools, or CREO.

This position will report to the GIS Sustainable Design Technical Program Manager.

Responsibilities include:

Participate as a key technical resource on the mechanical design and reman team for GIS’ design for remanufacturing software plug-in for CAD development project:

Participate in data collection and aggregation, including leading virtual workshops with remanufacturers to collect part disposition decision criteria and core recovery information, conduct secondary research, develop EOL disposition criteria, data sets, and rubrics

Contribute to LCA models, including building process data stores

Collect data and develop a data store of design rules, through discussions with industry and company site visits

Develop a reman impact calculation methodology (models, ranking process, etc.) through secondary research of circular process methodologies, and primary data collect via expert panels and workshops.

Oversee the development of CAD models

Support rule design training and business rule development, develop use cases, contribute to user interface development

Contribute to project progress reporting, beta testing and project output demonstrations

Conduct and support research projects for other GIS programs:

Contribute to hands-on development of engineering technologies, including: prototype development, additive manufacturing equipment, mechanical test equipment and product test systems

Provide detail oriented contributions to the design, data collection and analysis of commercial client prototypes, and associated research experiments

Interface with industry clients to understand product development challenges and develop project proposals (scope of work and budget)

Manage design and development related projects for industry

Create technical reports and publications that document research developments

Perform literature searches on a variety of research project specific topics, e.g. material properties, susceptibility to wear or corrosion

Department/College Description

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a leading sustainability research and education organization at Rochester Institute of Technology. GIS is made up of a diverse set of academic programs and applied research centers focused on the optimization of industrial systems to maximize material and energy efficiency while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. We work with partners in all areas of industry, government, and business to put technology and innovation to work for a sustainable future. The diverse perspectives we bring to a project or problem reflect our broad expertise across industries and the many partnerships weve formed with forward-thinking corporations, government agencies, and research organizations over the last 30 years.

Our six industry-facing applied research centers focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy, transportation, and buildings. They work to develop advanced technologies, sustainable industrial processes and practices, and data-informed policy recommendations. Each year, about 100+ companies, governments, and other organizations engage GISs research centers on a variety of projects to solve technical problems, innovate products or processes, research manufacturing technologies, reduce their environmental footprint, or commercialize a new technology. Research center projects are led by full-time professional staff with significant industry experience.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Minimum of 10+ years of work-experience (within industry or equivalent) in a mechanical design and development environment.


Hands-on industrial experience in product manufacturing or design environment including strong understanding of product development process, and good understanding of manufacturing processes and impacts of manufacturing on design

Demonstrated skills with computer aided design and engineering tools (CAD/CAE)

Hands-on experience with prototype development and testing

Strong organization and motivation skills

Strong verbal and written communication skills, for both technical and non-technical audiences

Experience using Autodesk tools (e.g. AutoCAD, Inventor Nastran, InventorCAM, Fusion 360)

Professional Area:

Employment Category: Fulltime

Staff Job Function: Wage Band: 121A

How to Apply

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Additional Details

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at:

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov


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