Mechanical Engineer

Date Posted: 9/30/2022

Location: Corydon, Iowa

Job Description:

Description of Job:

  • Work collaboratively with the engineering team and various plant personnel to improve designs on existing products or develop new products related to Zero Turn Lawnmowers (ZTR) and Grain Drying Equipment.
  • Provide technical expertise in recommending equipment, new concepts and techniques to improve performance, simplify processes, and improve material designs or material flaws.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with design improvements on existing products, and new product designs for ZTR lawnmowers, grain/crop dryers, heaters/burners, fans, controls, material handling equipment, and grain storage.
  • Provide technical leadership to the other members of the department.
  • Use obtained skills in 3-D product design for initial design development and specifications.
  • Interface with customers/dealers to obtain practical understanding of requirements to design new products and improve existing products to meet the demands of the market.
  • Communicate and coordinate with manufacturing staff and procurement specialists to ensure manufacturability and cost control of the finished product.
  • Participate in product development testing to validate the design concepts in the development lab, and often with in-field testing.
  • Create detailed manufacturing prints, bill of materials and operating instructions for all products and improvements while interfacing with Sales, Manufacturing, and Procurement to insure an integrated, efficient product roll-out.
  • Work with other members of the department as required/needed, including designers and technical drafting support.
  • Complete and assist with a variety of diverse assignments related to designing or sourcing an improved gearbox, determining fuel consumption efficiency of direct fired burners, designing improved grain handling products using improved technology, designing new/improved fans, designing/improving ZTR lawnmowers, and designing new technology products.
  • Assist with troubleshooting and problem solving by working directly with the design team, production supervisors/managers, and shop floor production team as needed.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the supervisor on the status of assigned tasks.
  • Actively participates in continuous improvement activities.
  • Follow safety rules and regulations in performing work assignments.
  • Perform work in a neat and orderly fashion and maintains a clean work area.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or an Agricultural Engineering degree with strong mechanical engineering background required.

Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Previous engineering design experience in mechanical equipment manufacturing environment; preferably a minimum of 5 years.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes in lawn mower/grain dryer or related industry a plus.
  • High level of proficiency drafting in 3D environment using SolidWorks.
  • Attention to detail. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work from engineering sketches.
  • Knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Work effectively with limited direction as well as the ability to work in a team environment and multitask effectively.
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform repetitive operations.
  • Ability to lift up to 30lbs frequently; occasionally lift and/or move up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motions such as bending, walking, reaching with hands, grasping, pushing and pulling.
  • Ability to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) as needed. Steel-toed shoes and safety glasses are required when working in the factory or testing areas.

Work Environment:

  • Environment ranges from an office environment to a manufacturing shop environment with various noise levels and temperatures ranging from hot to cold depending on seasons.

Interested applicants may apply online or complete the job application and submit to:
Shivvers Manufacturing, Inc.
Attn: Personnel
614 W. English
Corydon, IA  50060
or email to

EOE. Physical and Drug Screen required.

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