Sr Mechanical Engineer

Acuity Brands

Posted Under: Washington DC, DC jobs in Engineering; Engineering jobs in zipcode 20418
Posted On: 2017-10-23 21:00:00


Do you want to work for a startup but dislike the constant risk of losing funding? Does the stability of a large corporation appeal to your pragmatic side while the lack of flexibility/innovation feels like selling out? If so we have the job for you. Welcome to The Squad, an eight-person startup in a $7B incubator! The Squad is a fully embedded team within Acuity Brand's R&D division with the express purpose of commercializing advanced technology platforms. Every project will be different. Every project will advance the company's strategic plans across multiple brands and business segments (we are talking IoT, AR/VR, digital building control systems with machine learning, Apps, LED based smart lighting and more). To accomplish all of this quickly, The Squad is structured like a start-up while getting full access to Acuity's technical and manufacturing capabilities.


The Mechanical Engineer is the bedrock upon which the Squad is built! Acuity is a vertically integrated company with a rich history of manufacturing. As such your primary function is to take R&D projects and commercialize them. To do this you will need not only a strong electro-mechanical design background but also be able to work across multiple teams to ensure that projects launch on time and with 100% quality. These teams will include: Electrical, Manufacturing, Firmware, and Software Engineers. Outside of the company you will be working with multiple vendors from across the globe and working with our sourcing partners to build a strong supply chain. You will also be involved in the design and launch of high volume production tooling at one of our facilities. Each project will require varying amounts of mechanical design work but all will require excellent communication skills and project management capability. The opportunities to learn new skill sets and grow capabilities is quite high with this role as the team expands.


* Work closely with R&D group as they investigate the latest technologies.
* Design cutting edge LED based lighting fixtures, networks and controls that are optimized for cost, performance, and manufacturability.
* Coordinate with manufacturing and sourcing to implement designs into production.
* Work closely with cross-functional team to ensure seamless integration of LED PCBAs, drivers, sensors, and controls with mechanical design.
* Effectively document all aspects of design.
* Act as a subject matter expert, providing technical support to marketing, customer service, manufacturing, and product development engineering.
* Participate in cross functional design reviews. Guide more junior level engineers in development of project.
* Assist in the development of project delivery schedules including providing man-hour estimates.
* Prototype new technologies to understand and validate if they will help with the proposed solution.
* Lead team discussions on different alternatives to solve complex business problems


* You are passionate and optimistic.
* You are Innovative. You challenge assumptions.
* You encourage those around you to create their best work.
* You work for the best interest of the group at all times.
* You have unwavering personal integrity and work ethic.
* You are proactive.
* You graciously give and receive feedback.


* The chance to work on challenging projects
* On-site electronics labs and clean room
* A compressed work schedule (5-4/9, potential for flex hours)
* Casual dress code
* Access to on site 3D printers and full model shop.
* Creative and collaborative environment
* Company paid sports leagues and wellness program
* On-site game room (Xbox, billiards, ping-pong)
* Free coffee, tea, snacks
* On-site gym


* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Electromechanical Engineering or related field
* 3 years' experience in applicable design work
* Proficiency with:

* Modelling in various CAD packages (Solid Works preferred)
* Drawing in various CAD packages and AutoCAD
* Thermal Modelling in Solidworks Flow Simulation, Cosmos, Autodesk Simulation CFD (or other pkg.)
* FEA Modelling in Solidworks Simulation
* Familiar with manufacturing processes including:

* Plastic Injection Molding
* Plastic/Metal Extrusion
* Plastic Thermo/Vacuum Forming
* Metal Forging
* Heat Pipes
* Die Casting
* Sheet Metal Forming
* CNC Machining
* Tooling (both prototype and high volume)
* Ability to complete engineering calculations such as tolerance stack ups, stress analysis, and thermal transfer
* Working knowledge of LEDs, electrical circuits, component types and concepts
* Ability to setup supply chain and manage product bills of materials
* Strong organizational skills.
* Ability to complete difficult assignments in a timely manner.
* Strong written and oral communication skills.


* Experience with reliability predictions and testing (MIL-HDBK-217F, HALT, ALT, HASS)
* Experience with Oracle E-Business Suite preferred
* Ability to work within and lead cross-functional teams through new product introductions
* Ability to communicate directly with suppliers, building relationships and leveraging their expertise
* Familiarity with industry standards and regulatory requirements (UL, CSA, NEMA)
* Creation and execution of design verification testing plans
* Understanding of lighting concepts
* Ability to balance multiple projects without compromising delivery timeline
* Availability to travel to support projects and other company initiatives
* Ability to speak Spanish is a plus
* Ability to speak Mandarin is a plus

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