Sr. Mechanical Designer at Bissell in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted in General Business 12 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Senior Mechanical Designer is responsible to creatively solve design issues that affect either the aesthetics and/or manufacturing goals for a product during development stage. The SMD accomplishes this by working in CAD (PTC Creo) with the data provided by BISSELL Consumer Design and Product Engineering. The SMD should work closely with the Industrial Designer who will give input on aesthetics and/or ideation for craftsmanship resolutions, to inject engineering robustness while maintaining the design intent. They must be an expert in advanced surfacing techniques.


  • The Senior Mechanical Designer will be the connect point between Industrial Design and Product Development Engineering. Their mission will be to connect the aesthetic requirements to the engineering constraints.

  • The SMD will need to collaboratively work with both the Industrial Designer to create feasible themes and the Product Engineering team to solve the technical feasibility problems that certain aesthetic designs create.

  • The SMD will often be required to investigate simultaneous alternative designs, looking for feasible solutions to problems that are both creative and sound from an engineering point of view.

  • Provides technical assistance, guidance and training as needed, regarding best practices

  • Acts as a mentor to other mechanical designers

  • Lead CAD Mechanical Designer responsibilities on GPD projects including supervising the work of other mechanical designers and responsible for data quality and integrity



  • Functional/Technical Expertise

  • Global Business Acumen

  • Self-Management

  • Learning Versatility

  • Delivers Results

  • Judgment and Decision Making

  • Managerial Courage

  • Continuous Improvement


Degree minimum: Bachelors Degree in engineering or related field

Experience level: 10-15 years of experience


Associates/Technical Degree

15-20 years consumer product design experience


  • Demonstrated experience in the formulation and development of both hard surface and soft surface cleaning products.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills in mentoring and supervision of technical staff.


  • Advanced proficiency in currently utilized CAD technology

  • Advanced proficiency in data file management techniques in currently utilized CAD technology

  • Advanced knowledge of manufacturing and assembly process particularly in plastic injection and blow molding

  • Ability to apply advanced design knowledge in the development and modification of components/assemblies

  • Ability to use judgment when data is limited

  • Ability to anticipate problems and formulate contingency plans

  • Exceptional systematic problem solving skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written strong organizational skills

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