Design Engineer
at Altra Industrial Motion

Date Posted: 4/6/2017

Job Description

This position is responsible for developing new products, as well as maintaining and improving existing products, as a team member of the Innovation Center Product Engineering Group. Product lines are clutches, brakes, actuators and controls. This position is key to providing growth opportunities as well as maintaining Altra Industrial Motion's leadership in the motion control and power transmission industry.


  1. Responsible for clutch/brake and actuator product engineering through the generation of quality engineering designs and details.
  2. Use of and intimate knowledge of company approved engineering software, standards and procedures including 3D solid modeling knowledge and skills. 
  3. Develop prototypes of new designs and provide documented test procedures for design verification.
  4. Develop and perform functional and performance testing in a test lab setting, providing comprehensive written reports, for product validation and competitive analyses.  Use of Labview preferred. 
  5. Provide technical support to multi-site manufacturing engineering and production departments as required.
  6. Assist in providing failure analysis reports in conjunction with the quality department as required.
  7. Develop and maintain the bills of materials for each designated product line.
  8. Develop and maintain product configuration systems for various designated products.
  9. Assist in the preparation of engineering data (performance ratings and dimensions) that will be used in product literature and assist in marketing material preparation.
  10. Assist in developing and implementing initiatives for improving the efficiency of the engineering and new product development processes.
  11. Represent the company with periodic customer site visits. Other duties may be assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Knowledge of clutch, clutch/brake and actuator applications is essential for success in this position.
  • Strong 3D design skills (Solidworks preferred) 
  • The ability to meet task deadlines based on business requirements is essential.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing and assembly processes is preferred.
  • Creativity and the ability to design innovative products from a blank sheet.
  • The ability to be flexible and adapt to an ever-changing environment.
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must be self motivated and highly organized with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks and react quickly to the changing business environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment.  


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred. MS or MBA is a plus. A combination of equivalent work experience and education will also be considered. Experience: Ideal candidates will possess minimum 2 years’ experience in the hands on motion control design engineering within a Lean Manufacturing and Lean Design environment.  Must be able to work with 3D tools or willing to learn 3D methodology.  

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS – Algebra, Calculus & Trigonometry. A good understanding of statistical methods and interpretation is preferred. REASONING ABILITY – Must have strong problem solving skills using applied math and sciences to document conclusions.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Altra Industrial Motion is a leading global supplier of quality power transmission and motion control products. Providing the essential control of equipment speed, torque, positioning, and other functions, Altra products are used in nearly any machine or process involving motion. Our products are sold in over 70 countries in a variety of major industrial markets, including food processing, material handling, packaging machinery, mining, energy, automotive, primary metals, turf and garden and many others.

Altra products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. Operating independently, each of these companies is committed to the guiding principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

Our products are frequently used in a wide range of high-volume manufacturing processes, where the reliability and accuracy are critical in both avoiding costly down time and enhancing the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations.

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