• Engineer - R&D

    Job Locations US-IL-Sycamore
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/20/2018 4:12 PM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been propelled by the principles of its founder, J. Walter Becker, for nearly a century. Since the beginning, this family-run enterprise has been committed to building ideal relationships with its customers, employees and communities, creating some of the industry’s most innovative and trusted products along the way. This commitment to quality and service will continue to spur the success of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. and its family of companies, for generations to come.

    IDEAL has made its mark by developing the iconic products and practical technology demanded by critical industries like data communications, aerospace, electrical, wire processing, automotive, construction and more.  Since the beginning, IDEAL INDUSTRIES has been a growing, energetic company, and that’s never been more true than today. It’s always been a compelling place to work and we’re poised for even more growth as we continue to move across the globe. With growth comes opportunity—and at IDEAL INDUSTRIES, the opportunity can be yours.

    This position supports the efforts of the IDEAL Corporate Research & Development Department. This position is responsible for working on research projects, operating rapid prototype equipment (supporting new product development and manufacturing), and for performing product performance benchmark testing as well as maintaining facilities associated with these functions. 


    • Product Technology and Materials Research and development for infusion into IDEAL business units.
    • Manage Rapid Prototype Lab.
    • Training and management of interns on the use of Rapid Prototype equipment.
    • Maintenance and purchasing of supplies for Rapid Prototype Machines.
    • Communication with all company divisions concerning construction of prototype models and job scheduling.
    • Perform product performance testing per written procedures and verbal requests for purposes of product benchmarking and product performance verification.
    • Design and construction of fixtures and test devices for product performance benchmark testing.
    • Create CAD drawings/models of product concepts, lab test fixtures and machines.
    • Write reports summarizing research and testing results.
    • Maintain and calibrate Research & Development Lab testing and measuring equipment.
    • Maintain and organize Research and Development lab areas.
    • Shipping and receiving of test supplies, prototypes and prototype materials.
    • Estimated Time spent on primary duties listed above:
      • 30% - Fabricate prototypes, run and maintain rapid prototyping machines
      • 30% - Performance testing and equipment maintenance
      • 40% - Technology research



    • BS in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering Mechanics, or Materials preferred)
    • CAD Experience. Experience using Solid Works considered a plus.
    • Experience in metal machining (milling, drilling, turning, cutting, etc.). CNC experience considered a plus.
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in product design, product development, research and development, or comparable engineering role
    • Ability to understand and align activities with department priorities and objectives.
    • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written). Capable of writing research papers and documenting testing results.
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple activities/initiatives at one time.
    • Experience operating machining tools such as band saw, lathe, metal mil, surface grinder, etc.
    • Comfortable using computer software such as Microsoft OfficeTM and CAD.
    • Experience with basic mechanical measurement (Calipers, Micrometers, Optical Comparators, etc.).
    • Knowledge of basic controls.
    • Product testing experience considered a plus.
    • Capable in assembling and operating test fixtures consisting of mechanical systems, electronic controls, pneumatics, and electromechanical components.

    IDEAL INDUSTRIES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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