Careers

Are you looking for a challenging role designing automated and semi-automated equipment? Do you thrive in a small company environment? Do you have a history of bringing new equipment and machines on line from conceptualizing the solution through to build and debug? Are you energized by the challenge of finding ways to invent and then manufacture a new machine? Do you enjoy the investigation of multiple conceptual approaches to solving a production need?

Solid Design Solutions is a machine design and engineering consulting firm and is always looking for technically skilled, results oriented, entrepreneurial Individuals to join our team. We’re challenged to guide product design and implementation for fortune 500 companies and startups.

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We are currently seeking people for the following positions in the following locations.

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Business Development Engineer - Wichita Office

The Business Development Engineer will build rapport with contacts through ace to face meetings, phone calls and emails in an effort to understand where the prospect is in the buying cycle and what their technical needs are for both Product Development and Custom Machine Design/Build. This position will work closely with the Solid Design Solutions sales and engineering teams to insure that the leads provided to sales are qualified correctly, and progressing through the sales funnel. This involves gathering key information to update ACT! and planning next steps for closing the transaction and getting a Purchase Order.

Business Development Engineer responsibilities:

1. Collect details regarding incoming sales leads including source of the lead, company and contact details, project description, etc.
2. Meet with prospective clients and create detailed design requirements summaries for the preparation of project cost estimates
3. Develop a vision for how Solid Design Solutions, Inc. will execute a project to meet the client’s goals, needs, and objectives
4. Develop preliminary conceptual solutions for meeting the potential client’s requirements for Product Development and Custom Machine Design/Build. These conceptual solutions would be very preliminary and will be used to build a proposed plan of action and budget around
5. Work with Project Managers to develop cost and schedule estimates
6. Write, deliver and present proposals to potential clients using established formats and procedures
7. Schedule, coordinate and participate in key sales visits
8. Close deals on the phone, by fact finding, and presenting proposals in person and through web conferences to prospective clients
9. Follow up on leads generated through marketing driven programs, prioritize and pursue qualified leads, then make effective calls to convert to opportunities in ACT!
10. Advise other Associates on ways to describe, demonstrate, promote, and sell the skills and expertise throughout the design process
11. Perform and assist in planning and scheduling activities to ensure that project milestone dates are met
12. Promote a seamless transition between Sales and Project Managers
13. Seek opportunities to actively network within your professional community to gain additional insight into innovation practices and exposure for Solid Design Solutions.
14. Coordinate the development of the portfolio for Solid Design Solutions.
15. Document success stories and white papers that could be used for press announcements, project spotlights and sales tools
16. Perform “cold calling” to establish new accounts
17. Actively support Solid Design Solutions use and implementation of the ACT database to maintain and expand the current Customer base.

Leadership Roles:

1. Actively contribute in a positive fashion to the Solid Design Solutions culture
2. Keep confidential any and all product development, marketing and/or financial activities or plans of Solid Design Solutions and/or it’s current, past or potential customers

Qualifications:

* Proven success selling product development , machine design services or engineering related services

* Experience selling to consumers, start-up and B2B clients through inside sales

* Demonstrated ability to execute solution selling over the phone

* 4 year Engineering Degree in mechanical, electrical or software engineering

* 8 to 10 years’ experience working within the product development or machine design industry or in related areas including machining, sheet metal fabrication, plastic injection molding, vacuum forming and casting

* 2+ years of experience managing product development or machine design related activities preferred

* Superior interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal

* Proficient with the use of ACT!, Excel, Word and Microsoft Project software’s

* Highly organized, detail oriented, able to work effectively both independently and in teams

* Familiarity with electronics and software development

* Other Certifications
 
Salary Range: 75K-140K depending on qualifications and sales performance.

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Senior Machine Designer - Wichita Office

Design for the best – join our talented team of problem solvers and innovators. Solid Design Solutions is hiring a senior machine designer in our Wichita, Kansas location to work on a variety of projects. Invent and build for a variety of industries including medical, agriculture, industrial and aviation for companies like 3M, Bose, Honeywell, Medtronic and Fastenal.

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Senior Machine Design Engineer - Wichita Office

Solid Design Solutions is hiring a senior machine design engineer in our new Wichita, Kansas, location. Must have project management and quoting experience as well as a background with multiple CAD software programs. Invent and build for industry titans like 3M, Bose, Honeywell, Medtronic and Fastenal.

The successful canidate will coordinate or perform a wide range of machine design and build activities in a professional, cost effective and expeditious manner.  Emphasis will be on a systems engineering approach.  Primary direction will be received from a Project Manager or the Client. Join us to design products that make a difference in people’s lives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Meet with new and current Customers to create detailed design specifications, schedules and budgets
  2. Develop conceptual design approaches to meet requirements as defined in the Design Specification created working with the Client.  Develop conceptual machine designs, select major sub-system components and integrate
  3. Create or verify 3D CAD solid models and engineering drawings, components and assemblies
  4. Create and maintain or oversee 3D solid models, bill of material data, engineering drawings and product cost models
  5. Oversee, receive, machine and/or assemble parts as required for new machine build and test
  6. Select components based on performance requirements as outlined within the created Design Specification
  7. Coordinate and oversee the activities of internal Engineers, Designers/Drafters and external personnel as well as suppliers to complete design, component creation, build and test activities
  8. Train or manage other Solid Design Solutions, Inc. employees as well as external personnel as requested by the Organization
  9. Other duties as may be required to support the business activities of Solid Design Solutions, Inc. 
  10. Represent Solid Design Solutions, Inc. in a professional manner in all dealings related to the company
  11. Keep confidential any and all product development, marketing and/or financial activities or plans of Solid Design Solutions, Inc.
  12. Inspect 3D solid models created by other designers to ensure proper design methods are being used to ensure proper fit and function

Qualifications:

* 4 year Engineering Degree

* 4-8 years working with CAD in a Machine Design role

* Experience with G D and T

* Experience designing machines and fixtures for clean room applications preferred 

* Fluency in multiple Solid Modeling CAD packages. Unigraphics (UG/NX), SolidWorks, ProE, Inventor or   SDRC-Ideas (preferred)

* Superior interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal

* Proficient with the use of Excel, Word and Microsoft Project software’s

* Experience with MathCad preferred

* Thorough understanding of various manufacturing and production processes

* Highly organized, detail oriented, able to work effectively both independently and in teams

* Significant experience reviewing and approving engineering drawings required

* Experience with ISO 9001, Quality Systems

* Other Certifications

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Machinist/Machine Assembler

Solid Design Solutions is searching for a Machinist/Machine Assembler for our Mounds View, Minnesota, location. The person in this position will produce machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a CNC Vertical Machining Center, perform machine assembly tasks, and maintain equipment and supplies.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Review samples, drawings or instructions to understand specifications of output
  2. Plan the sequence of necessary actions for the completion of a job
  3. Take measurements and mark material for cutting or shaping
  4. Select appropriate machines and position or load material for a job
  5. Determine and program size of batches, speed of machine etc.
  6. Check output to ensure consistency with specifications and discard defects, adjust CNC code as necessary to reduce/eliminate errors
  7. Perform routine machine maintenance and repair

Qualifications:

  • * Proven experience as machinist, both manual and CNC
  • * Experience with CNC programing, SolidWorks, and CAMWorks all preferred
  • * Experience with machine assembly
  • * Experience in using and/or programming manual, semi-automated or automated tools and machines (lathes, grinders etc.)
  • * Ability to use precision measurement tools (e.g. calipers) to take accurate measurements
  • * Knowledge of the properties of metal and other material
  • * Ability to read blueprints, schematics and manuals
  • * Good at math with analytical abilities
  • * Physical stamina and strength to lift heavy items
  • * High school diploma or equivalent; completion of vocational training or an apprenticeship will be an asset

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Industrial Designer - Minneapolis Office

Coordinate or perform a wide range of early stage product development activities in a professional, cost effective and expeditious manner. Emphasis will be on consumer understanding, market representation of product design. Primary direction will be received from Client, Senior Industrial Designers, or Solid Design Solutions, Inc. Director of Engineering.

Are you looking for a challenging role designing future consumer electronic, medical and other products? Do you thrive in a small company environment?
Solid Design Solutions, Inc. is a product design and consulting firm that guides product design and implementation for fortune 500 companies and startups. We are looking for a technically skilled, results oriented, entrepreneurial Industrial Designer to join our team. You will be interfacing with a variety of resources, venders, and clients so excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.

Do you have a history of bringing new products to market from conceptualizing the product solution through to prototyping and then production startup? Are you energized by the challenge of finding ways to invent and then manufacture a new product? Do you enjoy the investigation of multiple conceptual approaches to solving a user need?

Overall Position Description:

Coordinate or perform a wide range of early stage product development activities in a professional, cost effective and expeditious manner.  Emphasis will be on consumer understanding, market representation of product design.  Primary direction will be received from Client, Senior Industrial Designers, or Solid Design Solutions, Inc. Director of Engineering.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Meet with Customers, work with Project Managers to create detailed design specifications, schedules and budgets to bring products to market
  2. Develop design strategies to meet requirements as defined in the Design Specification created with the Client. Generate and develop conceptual product designs, select major sub-system components and integrate into a market friendly product
  3. Understand the impacts and incorporate various production techniques of the product design for the targeted production quantities
  4. Design parts and assemblies with the chosen and approved manufacturing processes in mind
  5. Create scaled sketches of product features needed to enhance product usability and ergonomics, user signaling, desired aesthetics, and other design constraints
  6. Work with designers and engineers to implement the industrial design intent as the design is developed and detailed in 3D CAD
  7. Select materials, colors and textures based on performance and aesthetic requirements as outlined in the Design Specification and as suggested by the Client
  8. Coordinate the activities of internal and external personnel as well as suppliers to complete early ‘looks like’ prototype creation
  9. Other duties as may be required to support the business activities of Solid Design Solutions, Inc.  
  10. Represent Solid Design Solutions, Inc. in a professional manner in all dealings related to the company
  11. Keep confidential any and all product development, marketing and/or financial activities or plans of Solid Design Solutions, Inc.

Qualifications:

  • 4 Year Industrial Design degree strongly preferred
  • 3-8 years’ experience developing industrial design options for consumer, medical and(or) industrial products
  • Rapid sketching ability
  • Excellent visualization skills required
  • Proficiency in standard graphics software such as Adobe Ilustrator, PhotoShop, In-Design, etc.
  • Fluency in multiple Solid Modeling CAD packages and SolidWorks (required).
  • Familiarity with Unigraphics (UG/NX), Pro-E, Creo, Inventor
  • Proficiency in the creation of photorealist renderings preferred
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word and Microsoft Project software
  • Thorough understanding of various manufacturing and production processes
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, able to work effectively both independently and in teams
  • Experience with ISO 9001, Quality Systems preferred

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