The Prototype Design Engineer is a new staff position that is key in extending the services and professional engineering support provided to Sears think[box] users engaged in the wide range of design/build projects using the equipment and processes found on the Prototyping Floor of the Richey Mixon Building. This position will be a qualified engineer with proven experience in design and manufacturing who can apply sound professional engineering judgement to creatively solve product design challenges. An additional key role will be to provide creative engineering advice and product design guidance to Case Western Reserve University and community entrepreneurs engaged in venture creation. The prototype design engineer will assist the Programs Director of Prototyping, Art and Community Engagement with managing a team of student technicians, creating and delivering training, and be responsible for the installation and maintenance of 3rd floor equipment.
- Design and Manufacturing: Provide; 2D and 3D design expertise and creative solutions to design and manufacturing project challenges, expertise in 3D additive processes, material selection, and preparation of 3D models for prototyping using digital processes. Consult with faculty to advise on curriculum-relevant design projects. Support users who are engaged in academic, research, entrepreneurial, and extra-curricular design/build projects by providing mentoring in material selection, determining appropriate prototyping processes, and applying best engineering practices. (60%)
- Training: Assist the Programs Director of Prototyping, Art and Community Engagement in recruiting, training, and managing a team of student technicians that support user product design and prototyping requests, perform routine equipment maintenance, and run professional 3D printing services. (20%)
- Prototyping Equipment: Responsible for managing the installation, operation and maintenance of typical digital prototyping equipment (e.g., 3D printers, Laser Cutters, basic electronics, 3D scanner, etc.) and design software. Assist the director in the selection, purchase and installation of new and replacement prototyping equipment, and be responsible for managing the ordering of equipment supplies, replacement parts, and consumables required for the 3rd floor operations and community programs. (15%)
Assist with day-to-day Sears think[box] operations. Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)
Department: Continuous contact with Sears think[box] management, faculty, staff, students, and community visitors. Occasional contact with the Executive Director, and Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, to assist on special tasks and projects.
University: Moderate contact with university faculty and staff to advise and assist on design/make related activities. Occasional contact with the offices of the President and Provost, deans of schools and colleges, and central administration.
External: Moderate contact with alumni, potential donors, local companies, potential clients, local K-12 educators and students.
Students: Continuous contact with students using think[box] resources, in particular those involved with 3rd floor design/build/validate projects and competitions.
Assist in the recruitment, training and managing of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Art undergraduate student technicians.
Experience: 5 years of proven professional design and manufacturing experience required. Experience supervising and/or instructing undergraduate students engaged in design/make project work would be a distinct advantage.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent required. A graduate degree in an engineering discipline preferred.
- Experience with the application of 3D Design (e.g., SolidWorks) and 2D Graphical Design (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw) software.
- Practical Design/Make experience.
- Experience with a variety of manual and computer-controlled fabrication and prototyping machines and equipment, including, but not limited to laser cutters/engravers, 3D printers, rapid prototyping processes, and bench tools.
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required to provide coverage primarily for the Sears think[box] Prototyping Floor.
- Ability to explain/demonstrate/instruct prototyping manufacturing skills.
- Experience with using basic woodworking processes and machinery would be an advantage.
- Ability to engage and motivate students from multiple backgrounds (art, music, engineering, science) engaged in design/build/validate projects
- Strong interpersonal and management skills.
- A successful record of creative project design, management, manufacture, testing and delivery.
- Ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects.
- A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
- Excellent organizational skills open to direction and a commitment to get the job done.
- Ability to meet consistent attendance.
- Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.
Duties will require working with various manual and computer-controlled machines and processes, laser cutting and engraving and manipulating a range of polymeric, and wood-based materials. None of the processes or materials will present any toxic hazards. The duties of the position will involve occasional travel supporting students in external competitions and working flexible hours in the evenings and weekends.