Associate Mechanical CAD Designer

Job Category: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Loves Park IL

Job Summary

The Associate Mechanical CAD Designer is responsible for the general design and layout for all products including new, rental fleet, surplus assets, and investment recovery. With guidance and under supervision from senior designers, this position is responsible for CAD design of mechanical equipment layouts, fabrication details, drawing files, bill of materials, and completion of mechanical design projects within the area of assigned responsibility.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designs, lays out, and constructs mechanical assembly drawings and fabrication details with BOMs for water treatment equipment. Includes understanding of customer specifications, blueprint reading, CAD software, and fabrication shop practices.
  • Uses computer-assisted design (CAD) software to develop designs and BOMs.
  • Works directly with production staff during equipment fabrication and assembly.
  • Analyzes engineering sketches, specifications, and related data and drawings to determine design factors such as size, shape, and arrangement of components.
  • Sketches rough layouts and computes angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages, and locations of holes and components. Designs piping layouts, etc.
  • Uses major component lists for equipment and systems. Generate shop assembly documentation and drawings.
  • Reviews product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer contract requirements and related specifications.
  • Evaluates and in some cases approves design changes, specifications, and drawing releases.
  • Makes sure machines, tools, and production practices are in compliance with company objectives and design specifications.
  • Supports sales in application drafting for proposals, reports, or findings by creating proposal drawings and estimates, etc.
  • Confers with functional areas and production staff to discuss project specifications and or procedures to fulfill customer requirements.
  • Provides general administrative support for the engineering department, including parts entry into the business system and assembly of engineering documents.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Qualifications for Associate Mechanical CAD Designer

Education and/or Experience

Required Associates Degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or two years of related experience.

Experience working in an environment where teamwork and collaboration are essential to complete the work assignments and attain the goals of the organization.

Interpersonal skills and abilities to develop and maintain strong internal and external customer and potential customer relationships.

Knowledge and Skill

Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. Full knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications is required. Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical and electrical processes is required.

Knowledge of how to use power and hand tools, wrenches, cements, hand cutters, saws, electrical and mechanical instruments, fittings, and parts related to water treatment equipment.

Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of basic control panels and boxes for mounting within systems and skids.

Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software — SolidWorks required, Autodesk AutoCAD a plus.

Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended; Adobe Systems.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office is located on ground level.
  • Must operate office equipment, fax and or printer, and personal computer.
  • May stand, walk, bend, stoop, and lift frequently from 4 to 6 hours each day.
  • May be required to carry or move equipment or parts in excess of 50 lbs. with the assistance of a lifting device.
  • Work requires close vision.
  • May be required to travel up to 15% of the time per month.
  • May travel outside the US or to international destinations for 3 or more days per year.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office environment, works closely with others.
  • Clean, well lit area with access to up-to-date technology and equipment.
  • May travel to field worksite to inspect, repair, or test equipment which requires mental and physical change from routine office work.

Working Relationships

Internal – All employees.

External – Customers, Vendors and suppliers, sellers, sales staff, consultants.

Budget Responsibility

No budget responsibilities. May participate in the development of department budgets and planning as determined by department management.

Administrative Details

Job Title: Associate Mechanical CAD Designer

Reports To: Mechanical Engineering Manager

Department: Engineering / Operations

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

Learn more about working at WaterSurplus

Surplus Management, Inc. (dba WaterSurplus) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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