maxon has approximately 3,050 employees and is the worldwide leading provider of precision drives. These drives are in use everywhere from deep inside the earth to the surface of the planet Mars.

Design Engineer

This is an entry or early career level position working under ISO certified design and development procedures with the expectation that as skills develop, the Design Engineer (DE) will take on more responsibility and more complex projects.

The DE will coordinate and as skills develop independently handle projects for product (motor, gearing, encoder, etc) combinations and custom modifications requested by customers through Maxon Sales Engineers. These projects will vary in scope from simple modifications to existing product (for example welding pinions to shafts), to large organic design projects (for example subsystems for medical devices), which involve the integration of maxon technology to create a mechatronic system.     

On larger Phase Gate projects, the DE will generally work on a project team under the direction of a project manager who will act as a mentor.  The DE will be exposed to all aspects of the product development process and may be responsible for any of them.  These include:

Initial assessment, quoting, interpreting customer requests into engineering specifications, engineering design and drawings, working with and sourcing vendors, prototyping, testing, documenting, statistical analysis, developing  test protocols and fixtures (hardware and software), designing packaging , writing work instructions and coordination with/handoff to Quality and Manufacturing teams.  Design reviews and brainstorms are commonplace and the expectation is the DE will learn to lead many of these meetings.

This is a hands-on role where you will have the opportunity and expectation to get into the Engineering Lab and on-site machine shop to fabricate/assemble prototypes, utilize 3D printers, and perform testing.



  • Involvement in all aspects of design engineering work
  • Understands and respond to customer requests, both verbal and written
  • Designs product to meet all requirements
  • Manage several projects at one time
  • Prepare engineering estimates and schedules
  • Prepare CAD models and engineering drawings, utilizing Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) as needed
  • Interface with Sales Engineers to determine all relevant requirements and constraints
  • In conjunction with Manufacturing team, determine appropriate site for production, conduct design-for- manufacture sessions, and assist in creation of manufacturing instructions and tooling as needed
  • In conjunction with Quality team, determine documentation, inspection, and qualification needs
    Work to continuously improve processes



  • Strong analytical and engineering technical skills
  • Strong first principles backing in Statics, Dynamics, and Electromagnetism
  • Ability to model and explain physical and engineering concepts in terms of First Principles
  • Data acquisition
  • CAD (Creo/ProE preferred)
  • Full lifecycle product development
  • Familiarity with the basics of GD&T
  • Experience with machined, injection-molded parts (preferred)
  • Time Management
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Skills in a machine shop a plus
  • Experience with LabVIEW a plus


Required Education And Experiences

  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Mechanical Engineering
  • 0-5 years of experience



This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to factory areas, which may require the use of personal protective equipment.

There will also be times where you work in an electromechanical lab environment, utilizing electrical and mechanical test equipment such as force gauges, power supplies, oscilloscopes, miltimeters, dynamometers, microscopes, et al.

You may also be asked to make minor modifications in a machine shop, using standard equipment (manual mill, lathe, drill press) under guidance of shop staff or senior engineers.



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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, and sit for long periods of time. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, and use repetitive motion. The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities of their job. The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions, such as in typical office or administrative work.



 Travel is up to 10% will be local, national, and international with overnight travel required.



Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

maxon is an equal opportunity employer

Source/author: maxon precision motors, inc. / Feb 22, 2022

USA (East Coast)

maxon precision motors, inc.

125 Dever DriveTaunton, MA 02780, United States
+1/508 677 0520

USA (West Coast)

maxon precision motors, inc.

2860 Zanker Rd, Suite 107San Jose, CA 95134, United States
+1/650 524 8822 +1/650 372 9395