R&D Engineer; Mechanical II


Louisville, KY

FORTNA partners with the world’s leading brands to transform omnichannel and parcel distribution operations. Known world-wide for enabling companies to keep pace with digital disruption and growth objectives, we design and deliver solutions, powered by intelligent software, to optimize fast, accurate and cost-effective order fulfillment and last mile delivery. Our people, innovative approach and proprietary algorithms and tools ensure optimal operations design and material and information flow. We deliver exceptional value every day to our customers with comprehensive services and products including network strategy, distribution center operational design and implementation, material handling automated equipment, robotics and a comprehensive suite of lifecycle services.

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Job Summary:

The R&D Engineer is predominately a machine design role. The engineer will be primarily involved in producing concepts, designs, performance calculations, failure analysis and drawings for material handling equipment and systems. The engineer will be responsible for overseeing designers or engineering sub-contractors engaged in prototype design and development activities.


  • Responsible for testing prototypes and creating test plans & reports.
  • Design parts and select components (ie. electric motors, gearboxes, chains, belts, sprockets, etc.) as required for the application based on calculated power requirements, calculated application loads and calculated stresses on parts/assemblies.
  • Understand manufacturing operations and methods to incorporate best practices of ‘Design for Manufacturing’.
  • Creation of drawing and documentation packages, as well as simulation or oversight of simulation.
  • Machine configuration and detailing

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (must be able to be ascertained from the resume):

  • The ability to research and apply new designs and technologies.
  • Familiarity with Inventor (or other 3D) software to design parts, weldments and bolt-together assemblies.
  • The ability to calculate static and dynamic loads and stresses.
  • The ability to calculate motion profiles and timing charts.
  • The ability to calculate and select power transmission components.
  • The ability to create drawings for fabrication and assembly Knowledge of AC motors & DC servo motors Knowledge of pneumatic, vacuum and hydraulic components.
  • The ability to communicate and collaborate with others and other departments.
  • The ability to use basic computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • The ability to work within a time sensitive environment.
  • The ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 3-5 years’ experience; machine or prototype design preferred
  • Machine controls experience is a plus.
  • Experienced using Inventor (or other) 3D modeling software.

Other Qualifications Desired:

  • Hands-on prototyping skills are preferred.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Understanding of FEA and other analysis techniques

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk, kneel, crouch and balance frequently.
  • Ability to climb, ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, etc., using feet, legs and/or hands and arms frequently.
  • Ability to lift, push or pull up to 75lbs occasionally.
  • Ability to sit/stand frequently for long and/or intermittent periods of time.
  • Time spent between general office environment (with normal sitting, standing and minimal, nominal lifting) and active construction site visits.
  • Time spent on active job sites includes subject to noise, being in close proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical power and control systems, and high places.
  • Personal Protective Equipment required at active job sites.

Base Salary Range and Other Relevant Information:

The base salary range for this role is $85,000 to $127,500. This base salary range represents the low and high end of the base salary range for this position. Actual base salary offered will vary based on various factors including but not limited to location, level, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and performance.

Travel Requirements:

This position may require up to 20% travel to various customer sites.

This job description describes the general nature and level of work expected of a person assigned to this position. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor.

It is the policy of FORTNA and its affiliated companies to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, citizenship status (if authorized to work in the U.S.), or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, FORTNA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.