Generac Power Systems

Senior Engineer, Mechanisms - Transfer Switch

Job Locations US-WI-Waukesha
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/18/2018 10:35 AM)
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Generac Power Systems – Work with the leader in the power industry! Our office in Waukesha, WI is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer for our Transfer Switch Team.


The Senior Mechanical Engineer will design, ground up, new mechanisms for the manual and electrical operation of transfer switches.  Within our recently updated corporate headquarters, we have resources to tool, print, machine, assemble and test our new designs all under one roof.  This position requires someone who also enjoys working with others and is hands-on.  It requires a high level of creativity and independence.  Transfer switches range in size from 50 Amps to several thousand amps.  Transfer Switches are engineered and assembled at Generac’s Wisconsin facilities.


This position reports to the Director of Engineering.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, design and assist assembly and test of new mechanism designs.
  • Provide Mechanical Engineering: Mechanism design, material selection, energy source requirements via motor/solenoid/spring.
  • Utilize Creo to model new designs.
  • Understand mechanical requirements of force, speed and acceleration necessary to provide electrical and mechanical operation of our cassettes.
  • Work with transfer switch team to develop and improve mechanism iterations from concept to production.
  • Conduct Risk Assessments, FMEA/DFMEA and Design Reviews.
  • Collaborate with internal manufacturing partners, contract manufacturers, designers and product specialists to optimize moderately complex designs for manufacturability. 
  • Act as a resource to mentor and teach less experienced engineers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • 5 - 10 years of relevant work experience. 
  • 3 or more years of experience in mechanism development.
  • Ability to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Strong decision-making skills.
  • Technical skills to include 3D modeling (ProE/Creo);
  • MS Excel and MS Word.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Experience with machine design.

Additional Skills Preferred:

  • 5 or more years of experience with CAD (Computer Aided Design) or CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) systems to model new designs and produce detailed engineering drawings. 
  • Experience with electrical switching products.
  • Knowledge and experience with plastics, extrusions, gears.
  • Motion Simulation.
  • FEA.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; and use hands to manipulate objects or controls. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. On occasion the incumbent may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders. The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific conditions of this job include are typical of frequent and continuous computer-based work requiring periods of sitting, close vision and ability to adjust focus. Occasional travel.


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