Mechanical Design Engineer

Johnson Outdoors

Old Town, ME

If you like the outdoors, the reward of designing consumer products, and a great team environment, this position is for you. With new world class facilities in construction, you will have access to state of the art equipment; whether spending time indoors or out on the trail product testing. You will join a best-in-class team, winners of multiple new product awards. If you like hiking and camping, it is an engineer’s dream job!

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Based in beautiful and affordable Old Town, Maine, you’ll have incredible access to a variety of outdoor activities whether skiing and snowmobiling in winter, or kayaking, fishing, sailing, hiking or more in summer. Close to Bangor, this scenic area boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene and easy access to the Maine coast. 

As our Mechanical Design Engineer, you’ll work with our team on design and development of innovative new products from conception through production– ensuring that our ideas turn into products that further our mission of opening the world through the amazing awe of the great outdoors.

You’ll flex your design experimentation skills, seeing three steps ahead, naturally anticipating performance and reliability issues, and troubleshooting effective solutions to ensure delivery of exceptional products.

You’ll develop your project management skills, driving development timelines with ease and a can-do attitude – routinely making the impossible, possible, and the team around you better.

If you thrive in a busy, small hands-on team environment, if you’re meticulous with testing and verification ensure design performance and reliability, if you want to create innovative and award-winning products that are industry leaders, then you might just have what it takes to join the Johnson Outdoors family!

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What you will do:

  • Create innovative new product designs in response to new product concepts through development and initial production efficiently and effectively. Construct and maintain new product timelines, which include required external resources. Additionally design and develop improvements to existing products.
  • May manage smaller to moderately complex projects from concept, design, and through completion. Develop timelines and ensure project success by maintaining timeline targets, budget responsibilities and quality requirements.
  • Perform prototype design experimentation, rapid prototype and conventional prototype fabrication. prototype design(s) for performance and reliability.
  • Conduct and document technical feasibility evaluations, qualifications field and competitive testing to verify the design. Formulate development, unit and tooling cost estimates.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical design issues during development after the production start. Collaborate with various internal teams to resolve issues and ensure the development of a quality product that support company and consumer needs.
  • Write product specifications and provide prints documentation and testing verification methods to source and inspect the product. Ensure the product meets specifications and publish testing results.
  • Produce project documentation that includes prints, engineering files, supplier communications and Engineering Change Orders (ECO’s).
  • Assist operations and outside suppliers through new product development stages of new products with tooling, process methods, assembly plans and forecasting capacity requirements.
  • This role requires periodic travel, both domestic and international.  


 What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (BSME), engineering technology (BSET) or equivalent.
  • 4 years of experience in mechanical design engineering within consumer product design.
  • Knowledge of material science with primary disciplines in combustion technology, plastic injection molding, die-casting and sheet metal fabrication and processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience in reading and drawing schematics.
  • Understanding of and experience in product development from concept through production which includes a core understanding of the new product process, financial modeling (EVA) and timeline management.
  • Proven experience in generating, designing and executing concepts into manufacturable designs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in managing more complex projects from concept to completion.
  • Demonstrated creativity with strong analytical and technical expertise.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively collaborate with a variety of internal teams as well as external contacts.
  • Proficiency with specific computer based analysis, simulation and design tools.
  • Comfortable working in a lean and fast-paced environment


A few pointers about our culture:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and innovation are in our bones! We authentically innovate trusted equipment that gets people out there.
  • We are laser-focused on our consumers, and passionate about inspiring people to actively engage with the amazing awe of the outdoors again and again.
  • We strive to create meaningful, healthy change in the world as individuals and as a family of brands.
  • We value team members who are willing to wear many hats; who take personal initiative, anticipating what needs to be done, and figuring things out to make them happen; but who are also willing to ask help, to assist others and work together.


What you will receive:

  • Share in the company’s success with competitive base salary, with additional earning potential through participation in the annual discretionary cash profit sharing program, eligibility for annual pay increases, and employee stock purchase plans.
  • Find work/life balance with generous Paid Time Off and holiday benefits, a full benefits package, and broad range of employee support and fitness and wellness plans.
  • Further your career with performance development and training opportunities, including our tuition assistance program.
  • Have fun at work, enjoying a collaborative and casual work environment, participating in fun company events, and taking advantage of great employee discounts on all our outdoor recreational products.
  • Plan for your future with our 401(k) with company match and deferred retirement contributions, Sons & Daughters Scholarship program, life and LTD insurance, employee stock purchase plan, and more.