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Product Design Engineer (cycling industry)


Posted by Wheels Manufacturing on 09/05/2019

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Bike

Job Categories: Design - Engineer, Design - Product, Manufacturing

Company Type: HardGoods/Equipment

State: CO

City: Louisville

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $70,000 +

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 25 miles

Job Description & Requirements

The Product Design Engineer is responsible for the development, evaluation, production, and support of products for Wheel Manufacturing, LLC.  The Design Engineer is a core member of the Product Design and Development team reporting to the President and responsible for product design and engineering across current and future product lines.


Product design and development

• Contribute technical and creative insight for new product ideas and iterative changes to existing product.

• Maintain or aid in the development of PDD tools

• Work with Product Manager to coordinate lab testing with manufacturers or 3rd party suppliers to test, qualify, and document products within the applicable industry and regulatory standards.

• Help create and follow product timelines to ensure milestones are met and the product is delivered according to schedule.

• Communicate effectively with domestic and international manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers; internal and external testing groups; and customer service and sales departments.

• Develop tolerance schemes and inspection processes to control the quality of product during production.

• Ensure product meets development standards through ride and lab testing. 


Research and Development:

• Perform design studies and calculations to support R&D pre-kickoff product definitions.  Complete development projects to prove R&D technologies prior to implementation.

• Create, innovate and invent new products to solve problems for mechanics and bicyclists, and to fulfill unmet needs in the bicycle industry. 

• Determine necessary qualification and testing measures during iterative product changes.

• Create and execute development testing as necessary to support new product development.

• Complete market research to monitor industry trends, new technologies, and rider preferences; and share these results with the team.


Product & Brand support

• Collaborate with marketing to produce technical content for specific products including instructions, product technical information, concept renderings, or blogs.

• Monitor and review warranty claims to identify systemic problems, as well as provide technical support to the customer service agents.

--Above is not an exhaustive List. Other duties as assigned



• Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering required

• 3+ years of Mechanical Engineering work experience 

• Strong mechanical aptitude and design creativity.

• SolidWorks or other 3D software experience: 3D Modeling (including assemblies and surfacing) and 2D Drawings.  Intermediate to Advanced SolidWorks user, including assemblies, surfacing, and drawings

• Strong organizational and time-management skills with proven ability to manage multiple deadlines without substantial oversight.


Physical Requirements:

• Ability to use the computer extensively

• Ability and willingness to test and evaluate a variety of cycling products in sometimes extreme conditions, including cold and wet. 

• Ability and willingness to travel domestic and international 2 – 6 weeks per year.

• Ability to drive a car/van/truck and be a Wheels Manufacturing approved driver


Secondary Qualifications (these are a plus, but not required): 

• Experience with CAE, or FEA Analysis. 

• Experience working with a PDM or PLM system.

• Experience with ISO 4210.

• Manufacturing experience in Welding, Forming, Machining, Assembly, and/or Heat treatment.

• Experience with engineering process and quality controls.

• 2+ years of experience in the outdoor goods industry, or equivalent personal cycling experience.

About Wheels Manufacturing

Welcome to Wheels Manufacturing, one of the world’s largest suppliers of high-quality bicycle derailleur hangers, small parts, repair parts, and specialty tools. We started in 1988 in Boulder, Colorado as a small machine shop producing cog removal tools and chain ring spacers, and quickly grew into a large-scale manufacturing facility producing a full line of small parts totaling over 1000 products. We are now located in Louisville, Colorado about 10 miles from our original location. At Wheels Manufacturing we offer a great place to work. We have less than 25 hard working employees in our small business environment. We offer a great total rewards package including competitive benefits, generous PTO, 401(k) with company match, bike and bike gear discounts, paid volunteering and commuter credits. We also do fun stuff like monthly company reviews with lunch and group bike rides.