Mechanical Engineer

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Location: Nashville, TN

Brand: ESG Engineered Systems Group

Segment: Finishing/Dispense/Filtration

Operating in over 24 states from North Dakota to Texas and South Carolina, OTC's Finishing, Dispensing, and Filtration (FDF) Group is North America's most trusted resource for liquid and powder finishing and dispensing application equipment and service, and a leading supplier of materials used in customer applications such as filtration products. Our mission is to help our customers improve their applications and business by selecting, designing, and optimizing their equipment and applications. The FDF Group is the key partner to some of the most recognized manufacturers of Finishing & Filtration products in the industry.

The capabilities of the Finishing, Dispensing, and Filtration Group go well beyond just a supplier of product. Our seasoned team includes technical sales engineers, design and installation engineers, best in class service and repair technicians, inside sales and customers service representatives, product managers and fabrication experts such as machinists, electricians, and welders. The FDF Engineered Systems Group, a team of nearly 30, has unmatched industry expertise and has designed and installed custom finishing systems for some of the largest industrial manufacturers in the world.

We are continually growing, and our business is built around the talented associates we put in each position. We strive to provide our associates with every opportunity for personal, professional and financial growth by offering an excellent team environment, strong core values and outstanding associate benefits.

The FDF Group is made up of (6) long established businesses spread throughout The Midwest and Southeastern regions.

Job Summary:

The Mechanical Engineer role is to design, troubleshoot, install, and commission complex industrial finishing and dispensing systems. The Mechanical Engineer will work amongst a team of highly technical mechanical, electrical, and controls experts in the finishing and dispensing industries. Responsible for the design of the mechanical drawing package, component specification, and successful startup and commissioning of finishing and dispensing systems.

Principal Job Duties:
  • Work directly with mechanical, electrical and controls engineers in the designing and commissioning of multiple projects with strict and overlapping schedules.
  • Advise on mechanical and fluid delivery aspects of engineering projects, and work closely with the other functions of the engineering group such as, Operations, Electrical/Controls Engineering, Project Management, Installation, etc.
  • Interpret customer/sales specifications and scopes of work and collaborate with the engineering team in mechanical design in accordance with governing industrial codes, i.e. NFPA, etc.
  • Collaborate and mentor anytime the opportunity is seen with all Engineering/Project Management to specify, source and manage lead times on machine components, fluid handling/delivery components and pneumatic components and assemblies and equipment required to meet the customers desired application.
  • Collaborate with the mechanical and electrical engineers to develop and implement standards (references in some cases) for mechanical drawings, fluid power Dwg.'s and pneumatic Dwg.'s in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or wherever OTC lands on the CAD package for the company. Including but not limited to 2D, 3D, Exploded Views, and assembly Dwg.'s.
  • Collaborate with mechanical engineers and managers to develop and expand SolidWorks PDM database.
  • Work with the Engineering Teams/Managers to:
    • Identify opportunities and assist in developing BOM's for use with sales and quoting personnel.
    • Identify opportunities and assist in developing for process, procedure, and parts/assemblies.
    • Develop best practices and improve overall efficiency within the engineering group.
    • Prepare project cost roll-up at completion, prepare report for the team to measure "Best in Class" performance for every project.
    • Participate in team meetings as required for project development.
  • Work with Project Managers to:
    • Identify opportunities and assist in developing vendor stocking programs for std. products.
    • Identify opportunities and assist in developing alternate vendor programs.
    • Work with vendors to establish initial quotes on new parts and promote cost reduction where sensible.
    • Participate in team meetings as required for project development.
  • Work with our OTC ESG Partners to:
    • Identify and communicate opportunities and assist in developing new or updated software/features for current products such as SolidWorks PDM.
    • Be the first point of contact to introduce new products and systems from our partners to ESG's engineering teams.
      • Train, Mentor and assist in developing all ESG internal associated materials.
        • Documentation
        • Presentations
        • Training programs
    • Be the first point of contact to work through anomalies or bugs found with the equipment.
  • Assist in the integrating of Robotic Systems:
    • Fanuc, ABB, Motoman
  • Create designs in line with company procedures, regulations and client standards.
    • Design products using CAD and consult with engineering and fabrication teammates to ensure that designs are feasible.
    • Calculate factors such as tolerances, dimensions, and thermal and structural analysis.
    • Finalize designs and send prints to fabrication vendors and internal technicians.
    • Revise existing ESG standard products to leverage more efficient, cost effective, and better-quality design principles.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes and machine shop practices is an asset.
  • Review all mechanical, fluid, and pneumatics BOM's and Dwg.'s with attention to detail and excellent workmanship prior to production release. ("Best in Class" mentality)
  • Sizing and selection of third-party equipment (valves, instruments, pumps, exchangers, motion equipment, conveyors, automatic feeders, robotics, etc.)
  • Sizing and design of fabricated equipment (reciprocators, pump panels, paint booths, cure ovens, safety cells, sensors, motors, etc.)
  • Develop best practices and improve overall efficiency within the engineering group.
  • Desire and ability to learn new mechanical concepts and equipment.
  • Support and provide guidance to project teams in all project phases from design, commissioning, to customer sign-off.
  • Work closely with the engineering sales team to develop accurate project bids with a focus on the mechanical and fluid delivery componentry.
  • Develop an effective and efficient culture of excellence in engineering.
  • Assist in the testing, installation and commissioning of equipment both at internal company facilities and customer locations as required.
  • Must be able to travel.

Leadership of Others:
  • Coach, mentor, support and motivate engineering staff.
  • Provide guidance and direction on problems and issues.
  • Continuously work as effective teams - Build a strong-identity as a team player that applies their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Mentor/Develop talent - Develop people to meet both their career goals and the organization's goals.
  • Practice 'Best in class" mentality
    • Best in Class Mentality Definition - Combines coachability, mentoring, self-belief and a work ethic that equates winning with outworking competitors. Our team prides itself on being 100% coachable - never shunning criticism, never giving in to defensive responses and always embracing change. Seeking out and fostering this mindset takes a lot of work.

Specific Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The candidate must enjoy and excel at personal relationship building with internal and external clients at multiple levels: customers, vendors, engineers, branch managers, etc.
  • Strategic mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply technical and scientific product-related information.
  • Ability to review existing component and system designs to determine if they are adequate for use in multiple applications or if there is opportunity to improve on the existing design for upgraded performance.
  • Creativity and innovative ideas for complex system and component challenges.
  • Understanding of global industry standards and trends to provide the latest technology solutions.
  • Leverage extensive product development assets including team members, test labs, and expert product development capabilities to deliver best-in-class performance, usability and quality.
  • Proven success and positive track record of consistent engineering performance in complex markets with diverse customer segments operating with a high degree of integrity.
  • Ability to operate as a "team player" in cooperation with collaboration partners and internal colleagues to reach common goals.
  • Knowledge of computer programs, including but not limited to AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,
  • Knowledge of codes and standards within the Finishing Industry
  • Knowledge of specifications and how they are developed and utilized within the Finishing Industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong Mechanical Aptitude
  • Ability to interpret and forecast changes in customers' buying patterns and product requirements.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, profit margins, unit conversions, percentages, etc.

  • BSME from a four-year accredited school. (Will consider two-year degree by candidate and experience of 5-7 years or more working in related field).
  • 3+ years' experience in mechanical engineer position; specifically including manufacturing industry experience in the design of highly automated machines and processes preferred, and experience in Finishing and/or Dispensing a plus, specifically (Liquid Painting, Powder Coating, and Dispensing Technology).
  • Experienced in the design and troubleshooting of machinery equipment.
  • Firm grasp of engineering concepts, and experience designing mechanical systems and products
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply technical and scientific product-related information.
  • Knowledge of drafting techniques / engineering terminology and ability to create detailed mechanical drawings and fluid schematics.
  • Experience with Industrial Safety Application Equipment and developing and integrating Robotic Systems a plus.
  • Must be self-motivated and a great team worker.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly.
  • Must be able to travel up to 25% with possible overnight stay.

At OTC Industrial Technologies, we believe that our employees are our greatest strength. Through investment in our people and growth from within, we believe in providing you with a wide variety of opportunities to accelerate your career potential as you help us drive change to move our business forward.

For over 60 years, employing and developing the best-in-class talent has been at the forefront of our success. By coupling our teams' hands-on experience with a wide range of products from top vendors, we provide customers with the best quality products and technical application expertise and services at the lowest possible costs.

Working with OTC Industrial Technologies is perfect for purpose driven individuals who are motivated to be part of an exciting transformational company.

Perks of Working with OTC Industrial Technologies:

As part of the OTC family, you'll enjoy competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision care coverage and a 401(k) savings plan - Additionally, we offer paid time off, short-and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, tuition assistance, and Employee Assistance Program. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.