Design Engineer

Knapp Manufacturing | Caledonia, WI

Posted Date 11/14/2022

Position:  Junior Design Engineer                                         Department:  Design

Reports to:  Director Innovation & Technology                   FLSA Status: Salary

Summary of Position

Under the direction of the Director Innovation & Technology Team, this position is accountable for the design/development and testing of prototype components, fixtures and assemblies utilized in the research and development of our products.  This “hands-on” position interacts regularly with our Customer Service, Quality, Tool Room and Production teams and provides the intellectual property for our vertically integrated, privately-held company.   


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, direct and execute engineering projects related to manufacturing methods, processes, work measurement, routings, engineering changes, cost estimating, facilities, systems and equipment; using knowledge of existing capabilities and current technology.
  • Ensure projects adhere to ISO documentation requirements; this will include creating
  • Design, fabricate and assemble prototypes working from sketches, CAD files, or drawings to produce high quality, finished parts, fixtures and assemblies from a variety of materials.
  • Design prototype parts, fixtures and assemblies in compliance with specification received within the estimated time period of time. Maintain a reasonable output of prototype designs to support project schedules and deadlines. 
  • Develop safe, efficient and cost-effective manufacturing processes and procedures.
  • Support the day-to-day routing generation for new products, review and communicate engineering changes to the shop floor.
  • Implements the manufacture of new products or product lines with the emphasis on using the safest, more efficient process using visual work instructions.
  • Works with manufacturing personnel to continuously improve existing processes.
  • Provides technical support to shop operations in the area of equipment, layout, tools, fixtures, and machines to ensure low-cost and high-quality products.
  • Support and lead continuous improvement efforts within and outside the Design department.
  • Experience with AutoCad Inventory to read, use and make print drawings; create models for 3D printing.
  • Design plastic injection molds for parts developed for in-house production.
  • Experience with manual and power hand tools.


  • Experience, preferred but not required, using tool room machines to produce or modify parts which may include Lathe, Knee Mill, Drill Press and grinders (pedestal or surface).
  • Experience with precision measuring devices including micrometers, Vernier/calipers, optical comparator, gauge pins and thread gauges.



Minimum Education & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline with experience in a manufacturing environment (preferred) or an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with 3-5 years of progressive work experience.
  • High degree of mechanical aptitude.
  • Autodesk Inventor / 3D modeling software experience is preferred, other CAD experience would be considered.


Salary65000.00 - 80000.00 Annual
Caledonia, WI
Employment Type

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