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Engineer ll - (Mechanical) - Continuous Improvement

Company: GILLIG
Location: Livermore
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

GILLIG LLC is the largest and most dependable manufacturer of Heavy Duty Transit Buses in North America. Our customers are in all 50 states, and include cities, counties, transit districts, universities and major private fleet operators. We are headquartered in Livermore, CA.

About the Role:

This Aftermarket & Improvements Engineering ll position is responsible for engineering design and support for both GILLIG Parts sales, production as well as Continuous Improvement projects. Duties involve engineering assistance, creating aftermarket kits, problem resolution, identify/provide cost reduction efforts and other engineering duties in support of the design and manufacturing of specific components and simple sub-systems. This person will have direct influence at the part level to optimize the piece parts and simple sub-systems. This position reports to the Engineering Supervisor, but may also get direction/guidance from senior engineers. This is a direct, full-time position with GILLIG.

You will collaborate with internal and external partners to interpret customer requirements, supply chain capabilities, manufacturing capabilities and business needs. You will contribute to complex designs at the subsystem and vehicle level, devising optimal product solutions in concert with electrical and product validation peers.


  • HVAC and air systems
  • Fiberglass, thermal forming plastics
  • Sheet metal and tube structure design

    The Day to Day:
    • Can communicate component level design/idea to internal/external customers
    • Evaluates customer product requirements and develops product designs to meet customer needs
    • Interpret customer requirements, and map requirements onto existing designs when possible, and/or develop new designs when needed
    • Optimize designs via analytical, numerical and/or empirical assessments. Make mechanical, thermal and electrical models/analysis to insure product requirements are met
    • Produce and/or evaluate possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, delivery and performance on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers and/or customer/supplier personnel
    • Direct CAD Designers to complete 3D models and drawings as necessary
    • Release drawings accordingly to support production cost estimation and prototype quotes
    • Review CAD models and drawings of component to ensure their integrity
    • Use CAD modeling software to create components, assemblies, and engineering drawings for manufacturing
    • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOM) along with all project documentation
    • Design and document solutions, within the scope of concepts, for components and modules, taking project guidelines (e.g. safety, quality, costs, weights and dates) into consideration
    • Detail mechanical & electrical design including design for manufacture and assembly
    • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled for problems or projects
    • Support production ramp & ongoing/continuous product/process improvement
    • Perform and coordinate laboratory testing of prototypes for component characterization
    • Work with the test engineer(s) to create DVP&R, execute the defined test plan and review the test results/reports
    • Conduct field testing and provide preliminary evaluations
    • Develop and maintain the technical specification for desired performance at the component level
    • Ability to prioritize assigned tasks to maintain schedule
    • Works independently on assigned component tasks with some guidance required from senior engineers on sub system level tasks
    • Works productively with other engineers, designers, technicians, sales representatives, installers, and project managers so the project is delivered on schedule and on budget
    • Provide technical design support to sales, product engineering, manufacturing, and quality organizations
    • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers at component level
    • Support purchasing, field service and other internal customers as required
    • Lead or support prototype order and procurement
    • Operate in a team environment and provide input to design solution during the design development phase
    • Applies industry practices and standards (NFPA, NEC, APTA, etc.) at the direction of senior engineers
    • Area of expertise at the component level
    • Model and drawing documentation is accurate and complete
    • Exhibits insight and mechanical/electrical design sense to develop and meet design requirements with product designs that are manufacturable, cost-efficient, reliable, and better than the competition
    • Hands on troubleshooting of vehicle systems
    • Released designs are cost effective, manufacturable, serviceable, meet all performance objectives and meet customer requirements

      We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor work visas now or in the future.

      About You:
      • Bachelor Degree Engineering or equivalent required
      • Minimum 4 years of engineering experience
      • MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) skills
      • Familiarity with manufacturing processes and environment
      • Understanding of and ability to read and produce mechanical drawings
      • Understanding and application of structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for components and weldments
      • Understanding and application of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
      • Understanding of automotive mechanical systems and functions and ability to read and product mechanical drawings
      • Understanding and application of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
      • Understanding of typical manufacturing tolerances associated with sheet metal and machined parts

        About the environment:
        • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
        • Working environment is primarily indoors (office and production environment), however, at times may require time spent outdoors.
        • Regularly required to sit, stand, and walk; occasionally kneel or squat.
        • May be required to work overtime based on business needs
        • Limited domestic travel
        • Start time 6am

          About us:

          After 130 years, GILLIG holds strong to its family values and focus on its employees and customers. Our motivated and dedicated employees have a passion for quality and customer satisfaction.

          We are committed to building buses that connect communities, eliminate congestion, and contribute to a greener environment.

          Our Company pride is exemplified by the thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship present in every GILLIG bus. GILLIG's steadfast focus on quality and unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service sets us apart from our competition.

          In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, GILLIG has a longstanding commitment to provide a safe, quality-oriented and productive work environment consistent with the standards in which the company operates. Drug abuse poses a threat to the health and safety of GILLIG employees and to the security of the company's equipment and facilities.

          For these reasons, GILLIG is committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the workplace. All applicants must pass a drug test before beginning work.

          GILLIG offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including 100% company-paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for employees and their families. Other benefits include a unique 401k profit-sharing plan.

          GILLIG is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.


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