Head of Mechanical Design

 Job Title:  Head of Mechanical Design

Department:  Design

Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer


  • Provide lead design services for FTSI automated mechanical systems.
  • Schedule and manage the work of up to (4) engineers and (4) draftspersons in mechanical design and engineering.
  • Develop and maintain engineering standards and practices within the department.
  • Interface and coordinate with all departments for proper allocation of mechanical engineering resources to projects and tasks.
  • Maintain engineering and fabrication information and drawings for all FTSI stock products.
  • Interview and evaluate prospective mechanical design employees.
  • Train employees on FTSI design processes, documentation and drafting standards.
  • Manage department software upgrades and evolution.
  • Develop programs to enhance the knowledge base of the department.


  • Verification of client specifications in order to lead the design of mechanical systems that meet or exceed client specifications.
  • Form relationships with outside manufacturers and vendors in order to facilitate mechanical design processes.
  • Manage FTSI manufacturing and purchasing databases throughout the design process.
  • Perform or direct mechanical design, engineering, documentation, and drafting/modeling duties for each of the following: revisions to existing FTSI stock products, production of new FTSI equipment, design of test fixtures, and facility interface designs to accommodate FTSI equipment.
  • Develop and maintain engineering analysis standards and resources for production of both in-house and third party engineering reviews of structures and equipment.
  • Perform calculations to provide engineering analysis of mechanical loads and requirements.
  • Design and execute formal failure mode analyses of machinery and systems.
  • Lead internal efforts of FEA via computer modeling tools.
  • Perform optimization and value engineering reviews of both existing and new FTSI equipment for improvements in manufacturing cost and efficacy.
  • Prepare bills of materials for finished mechanical assemblies and assist in the procurement of outside vendor parts and services.
  • Lead internal and external engineering and design reviews and produce redline/revision packages for review.
  • Create physical testing criteria of equipment and coordinate expected and actual results analyses with fabrication and testing personnel.
  • Supervise and assist in the creation of finished mechanical assembly and fabrication drawings, O & M manuals and final client submittal packages.
  • Research and specify components from industry manufacturers for FTSI mechanical designs.
  • Manage 3rd party and outsourced engineering and design services.
  • Provide data for the creation of project quotations, budgets and final cost analyses.
  • Other engineering duties as required by demands of special and custom projects.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Six years minimum experience using AutoCAD 2000 or higher in a professional full-time setting and five years minimum experience with a 3D modeling program (i.e. Inventor, SolidWorks).  Experienced with Mechanical Desktop.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Products and must have strong understanding of Microsoft Windows Operating systems.
  • Must be able to work appropriately as the leader of a team, be self-motivated and be able to work unsupervised and be able to multi-task and prioritize work.
  • Also, the ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team with engineering and technical staff, work within deadlines and adjust personal schedule as required and the ability to create and maintain a positive relationship with departments and clients are all important.
  • Ability to be a creative thinker; willingness to try new approaches to job.
  • Ability to continue education outside of normal office hours in order to increase knowledge and awareness of industry trends and technology.
  • Must have expert knowledge regarding industry standards, codes and regulations such as, but not limited to, IBC, AWS and AISC.

To apply for a position, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@fishertechnical.com and clearly state “Head of Mechanical Design” in the subject line!



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