Research and Development Engineer

Company: Material Handling Systems, Inc.

General Information
4 Year Degree
5 to 6 years
Up to 25%
Job Description

Material Handling Systems, Inc. is currently seeking to hire a Principal Engineer, R&D to support our growing business.  Material Handling Systems, Inc. (MHS) is a preferred material handling system integrator in North America providing system integration, project management, engineering & design as well as mechanical and electrical installation services for the material handling industry. 

The Research and Development 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.  The engineer will be responsible for testing prototypes and creating test reports.  The engineer will calculate application loads and stresses on parts and assemblies. The engineer will also calculate power requirements for moving equipment. Based on these calculations, the engineer will design parts and select components (ie. electric motors, gearboxes, chains, belts, sprockets, etc.) as required for the application.  The engineer will familiarize themselves with manufacturing operations and methods to incorporate best practices of ‘Design for Manufacturing’.  Additional duties may include creation of drawing and documentation packages, as well as simulation or oversight of simulation.

Job Requirements

  1. The ability to research and apply new designs and technologies

  2. Familiarity with Inventor (or other 3D) software to design parts, weldments and bolt-together assemblies

  3. The ability to calculate static and dynamic loads and stresses

  4. The ability to calculate motion profiles and timing charts

  5. The ability to calculate and select power transmission components

  6. The ability to create drawings for fabrication and assembly

  7. Knowledge of AC motors & DC servo motors

  8. Knowledge of pneumatic, vacuum and hydraulic components

  9. The ability to communicate and collaborate with others and other departments

  10. The ability to use basic computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook

  11. The ability to work within a time sensitive environment

  12. The ability to adapt to changing priorities

  13. The ability to travel as required


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Graduate engineering degree a plus.

  2. (5+) years of machine or prototype design experience.  Machine controls experience is a plus.

  3. Experienced using Inventor (or other) 3D modeling software.

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.