Description You can make a salary. Or you can make a difference. Or you can work as a Product Development Engineer at Herman Miller and make both.About this OpportunityAs a Product Development Engineer, you'll apply standard engineering principles, concepts, theories, and techniques to routine assignments under immediate supervision in support of business objectives and be responsible for providing fundamental engineering leadership and expertise. You may conduct feasibility studies, determine manpower and cost estimates, and develop engineering criteria. You'll perform primary analyses to develop design options or recommendations for structures, systems, and components. You may also apply originality, ingenuity, and knowledge of other disciplines in solving basic technical issues. Emphasis in your work will be placed on team participation, your ability to plan, and your ability to achieve results on assigned projects.What You'll DoYou'll have opportunities to speak up, solve problems, lead others, and be an owner every day as you . . .•Apply basic supply chain cost, value stream capabilities, and economic principles.•Apply learned engineering skills to work assignments.•Apply problem-solving skills and execute solutions to problems independently.•Coach basic engineering tasks to others.•Complete engineering tasks within oversight of leadership.•Follow engineering and quality processes.•Perform additional responsibilities as requested to achieve business objectives.•Seek and receive mentoring from senior level and engineering leadership.•Seek approval of the budget owner using the appropriate request process.•Take good notes, showing your work and assumptions.•Research, investigate, and understand product criteria, functions, requirements, and cost targets (customer criteria, performance requirements, build objectives, manufacturability, assembly, quality, craftsmanship, service, and installation).•Collaborate with Industrial Designers to understand and implement the design vision and design objectives of products.•Investigate and consider multiple solution alternatives for problems and concepts. You will present solutions by evaluating the alternatives and tradeoffs, eliminating the weak alternatives, and improving the feasible alternatives.•Collaborate and communicate with project team members, other Engineers, external experts, and Industrial Designers to share ideas and offer suggestions.•Investigate new or existing suppliers, materials, and manufacturing processes that could provide solutions.•Complete sketches, models, detailed engineering analyses, and studies that support the development of new parts and products. Specific tools include FEA, tolerance stacks, FBDs, kinematics, hand calculations, logic flow charts, and state diagrams.•Develop and specify appropriate prototype fabrication processes and materials. You'll also coordinate the build of prototype products and the fabrication of prototype parts.•Evaluate and test concept models and prototypes against the project objectives, criteria, and requirements.•Identify potential problems on new products and concepts and develop good corrective actions by following a rigorous problem-solving process.•Solicit cost estimates for prototype and production parts.•Communicate clear, concise, accurate, and detailed engineering documentation (ECOs, deviations, test requests, work orders, model shop requests, drawings, instructions, emails, etc.).•Work directly with Performance Engineering to develop performance requirements and test plans. You will request or perform physical testing on parts and products, then evaluate test results.•Create, maintain, and release accurate 3D CAD models, drawings, service parts, instruction sheets, Gerber files, schematics, Engineering Change Orders (ECOs), Bills of Material (BOMs), and material specifications for prototype products and production products.•Support the development of planning guides, CSI, tech specs, product labeling, and marketing materials.•Support the completion of PPAP and ensure parts are properly released for production following Herman Miller procedures.•Work directly with Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Management, Operations, and suppliers to refine product designs to optimize tooling and equipment, manufacturing processes, assembly, and reliability. You'll also assist with evaluating potential part suppliers and tooling suppliers.•Work directly with Quality Engineering, Dimensional Engineers, and suppliers to refine product designs to achieve quality and craftsmanship objectives.•Support Operations and suppliers with problem identification, problem-solving, and operator training during pilot builds and launch activities.•Manage individual task work to meet project team objectives for budget and timing.•Regularly review part and product designs with development team members, managers, designers, and suppliers to solicit their feedback and suggestions for improvements.•Maintain engineering notes, models, records, calculations, and analyses that demonstrate the progression of the product designs and review with Lead Engineers.•Complete patent disclosures and Right to Use (RTU) with the Herman Miller Legal Department.•Support new patent applications with the Herman Miller Legal Department when appropriate.•Support other project team members and project activities that require input and task work from the Product Development Engineer: project schedules, project budgets, CMF development, prototype builds, PRs, testing, and supplier communications.Sound Like You?You might be just who we're looking for if you have . . .•An Engineering/Technical degree from an accredited program or a two-year Technical degree in a related field with five years of applicable engineering experience.•Two to four years of professional engineering experience or zero to three years... 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