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Senior Product Design Engineer at Gates Corporation in rochester, Michigan

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in Colorado, Gates is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation range is specific to the State of Colorado and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to candidate's relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.

Are you inspired by challenging the status quo? Do you thrive in collaborative environments that drive results? If so, Gates could be for you.

Gates is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions. We push the boundaries of material science to engineer solutions that continually exceed customer expectations.

Let's simplify it, think belts and hoses. Found in motorcycles, conveyor belts, cars, tractors, blenders, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, & 3D printers just to name a few. Because why not do it all?


As an innovation leader, we look for ambitious, forward thinking, open-minded and well-rounded individuals to join our global team. Located in our Rochester Hills office, you will be working within the New Product and Innovation team, as such you will be working on new ideas/concepts and evaluating their feasibly for new products.

  • This senior position is responsible for all aspects of Mechanical design, including requirements gathering, concept development, Engineering calculations, component selection, 3D design, prototype build and testing. Should the design go forward to become a product, you will also support with the Engineering team to ensure the critical design characteristics are implemented as required and act a technical subject expert for the new designs generated by the team.

  • The role requires strong engineering background in product design involving die-casting, forging, injection molding, spring manufacture, cold heading, powder-metal, application of bearings and machining, power transmission technology and electromechanical devices.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ideation and concept design, including 3D CAD, engineering calculations and design verification, drawings for prototyping.

  • Works closely with other Product Design Engineers, Systems Engineers, Program Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Purchasing, Sales and Customer Engineers to create the most efficient and lowest cost solution for our customers.

  • Responsible for the engineering, testing and validation of new products that meet or exceed our customer's expectations.

  • Design prototype assembly fixtures.

  • Design test fixtures.

  • Interfacing with potential suppliers as required to get the components needed to support the design.

  • Interfacing with potential machining, injection molding, casting suppliers as required to support the design.


  • This position reports to the New Technology Sr Manager and is responsible for developing, testing and supporting new technology development around BLDC motors applications.


  • External contact with supplier to acquire components meeting Gates requirement and standards. Internal contact with global engineering team, Product Release team as required when a new concept proceeds to being developed into an actual product.


Minimum Requirements:

  • 4-Year Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

  • 10 years of experience in electromechanical devices and/or transmissions product development.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Strong hands-on skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Able to present technical information to customers and management.

  • Agile and Analytical thinking.

  • Outside the box thinker.

  • Communicates appropriate product technical details to Product Development Team (PDT).

  • Expert in CAD/CAE (Pro-E preferred, Catia, Unigraphics, Solidworks preferred).

  • Knowledge on the effective use of DVP&R (validation) and DFMEA (risk management).

  • Knowledge on the application of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Travel to supplier facilities and plant and global facilities is required.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.


  • Automotive product development experience.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • International company experience.

  • Firmware development experience.

  • Knowledge and/or interest in e-bike motors control strategies a plus.


  • Full-Time

  • Bonus Eligible

  • Relocation is/is not provided

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance and other voluntary benefit options: benefits begin on the first day of the month immediately following your date of hire

  • Eligible for 3 weeks of paid vacation + 11 holidays (9 scheduled & 2 floating) + 8 sick days. All vacation days are accrued

  • 401(k): 3% company contribution and additional 3% company match

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Learn more about the benefits we provide at


Founded in 1911 in Denver, Colorado, Gates is publicly traded on the NYSE. While we might operate in a vast amount of time zones we operate as 'One Gates' and have a common goal of pushing the boundaries of materials science. We invest in our people, bringing real-world experience that enables us to solve our customers' diverse challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow.

While we expect the best, we also want to give you the best. That's why at Gates we provide an environment where people can succeed from our policy of 'Dress for your Day' (yes - that means you can wear jeans), health club reimbursement, to your ownership of your work/life balance and more. Visit to learn more.


At Gates, we believe that we are better together. Proximity has been important to our success over the years as there are critical items that are simply better when done together. One of those critical items is efficient collaboration. We cannot underestimate the power of informal conversations and connecting face-to-face with our coworkers.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands and fingers to work with objects, tools, or controls; and use office equipment including computers, telephones, and/or copiers/scanners. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Gates is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other consideration defined by law.



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