Power Test
  • Sussex, WI, USA
  • Full Time

 Job Summary

Power Test, Inc. is a world leader in the manufacture of heavy duty engine, transmission and chassis dynamometer systems. Established in 1976, we are a consistently growing and dynamic organization. Power Test was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, Wisconsin's Future 50 Master Mettle Award in 2014, named one of the top southeast Wisconsin's Healthiest Employers in the Small Business category from 2011-2014, and was awarded the 2013 Governor's Export Achievement Award for the state of Wisconsin.

This hands-on, functional leader is responsible for profitable growth by leading and delivering Mechanical Engineering results and innovation throughout the product development process.  Collaborate within and beyond the Engineering team to plan, implement, track and deliver quality products to customers within cost, quality and delivery specifications. Perform design engineering and project management using solid engineering practices.  Inspire and manage the assigned team members to ensure success of technical projects, and engagement and development initiatives. Interact with and travel to customers.  


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform hands-on project engineering duties and manage assigned engineering team using solid engineering practices to achieve the company's vision and goals.
  • Collaborate with the sales team, technical resources, and customers to obtain strong customer understanding. Continuously innovate customer-appealing technical solutions and applications that keep the company ahead of the industry with marketable uniqueness.
  • Research and analyze design proposals, specifications, manuals, and other data to establish appropriate, cost effective product specifications and standards. Analyze feasibility, design, operation, performance, and maintenance requirements of products.
  • Complete projects and monitor metrics. Specifically, create, execute, and maintain development plans and schedules; product specification and cost adherence; functionality, durability, quality and safety targets; product validation test plans; and project resources to deliver customer satisfaction and profitable growth.
  • Use disciplined engineering protocols and controls: FMEA, FEA, DFM, DOE, root cause problem solving, et.al.
  • Participate in make-buy analyses, design reviews, and defining best manufacturing methods. Select vendors and disseminate information on advanced technologies and how they may improve products, processes or costs.  
  • Research and arrange for timely outsourcing of project support or expertise when necessary.
  • Determine root cause of failures and implement effective solutions.
  • Satisfy expected quality standards with respect to projects, processes, and documents (CE, UL, CSA, etc.).
  • Complete engineering reports, SOPs, training materials, and updated PDM and MS Project tracking.
  • Optimize use of resources: CAD, PDM, MS Project, and other tools. Propose resource upgrades as appropriate.
  • Manage project risks and expenses. Search for cost savings and other improvements where appropriate.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance in designs and customer applications.
  • Check drawings of engineers and drafter-designers.
  • Enthusiastically support and participate in the company's Lean and Safety initiatives.
  • Guide and foster an engaged, accountable, collaborative team that generates ideas, and reliably achieves or exceeds expectations. Solicit and respond effectively to ideas and input. Communicate applicable issues upward.
  • Communicate direction and work with individuals to set and achieve clear goals and expectations. Give feedback, steer development, and recognize achievements. Exemplify and encourage accountability toward living the company values.
  • Travel as needed.
  • Support the company's growth and particularly the Vice President of Engineering with all other duties as assigned.



  • BSME plus 5 years minimum start-finish project design engineering experience plus some level of demonstrated people or project team leadership experience. Additional Mechatronics, BSEE, or electrical knowledge a plus.
  • Experience with precision component, and system design and analysis of engines, transmissions or other power producing or generating equipment, or other industrial machines and tools, and their uses, testing and repair.
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes & tools (welding, casting, mill, lathe, CNC, metal brake).
  • Experience working with sales teams to ensure customer satisfaction on highly complex, technical applications.
  • Familiar with hydraulics, and material properties and environmental factors affecting large equipment,
  • Familiar with electro-mechanical and software systems for testing is ideal.
  • Confident decision making ability in ambiguous situations with highly complex technical factors.
  • Skilled in application of engineering principles and applying scientific engineering protocols (FMEA, FEA, DFM, DOE, etc.)
  • Very proficient use of CAD, ideally Solidworks, and MS applications. Experience using ERP systems.
  • Leadership experience or traits including: high integrity; ability to earn respect; vision with attention to detail; goal and results driven; collaborative project management; a resourceful, "can-do" problem-solving ability; capacity to learn and teach; humble confidence inspiring growth in a technical culture; and poise under pressure.
  • Ability to delegate and oversee people and projects while balancing resources, timing, and quality of outcomes.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills across multiple audiences.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Equal Opportunity Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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