Design
New York

Mechanical Engineer I

Why join frog?

Joining frog means you’ll be joining the “pond,” a global network of studios, each with a thriving in-person and vibrant virtual culture. frogs are curious, collaborative, and courageous, united by our passion for improving the human experience through design, while each bringing our unique and diverse skills and experiences to the table. We draw on our global reach and local knowledge to solve complex problems and design innovative, sustainable solutions that touch hearts and move markets. frogs prize humour, positivity, and community just as highly as performance and outcomes. Our culture is open, flexible, inclusive, and engaging. Working at frog means being empowered to Make Your Mark on every project, in your studio, your community—and the world at large.

What will you be doing?

Mechanical Engineers are responsible for imagining a technically feasible future as well as finding and applying technical solutions to bring ideas and concepts into the real world. They make use of their experience, knowledge and creativity to develop the most harmonic, usable, efficient and cost-effective solution.

As a Mechanical Engineer, you are expected to cultivate depth in the craft of industrial design: as an individual contributor, as a mentor and guide for more junior colleagues, and as a leader in the global community of practice. You will often be the backbone of your projects from beginning to end. You will plan, prioritize, and deliver industrial design activities autonomously, in the context of interdisciplinary projects.

You will develop the product feature sets, technology, and system architecture that leads to a beautiful, feasible, and robust product. You will brainstorm concepts, build evaluative prototypes, engineer the product structure, design product components, create manufacturing strategies, and ensure that the product reflects the design intent through the manufacturing process.

 

Your fellow frogs will rely on you to:

  • Preserve and maintain design language through engineering development
  • Explore product architectures that consider usability, ergonomics, and human factors
  • Craft details and signature elements in the product that are meaningful, as well as make people love the experience and build long-lasting relationships and routines
  • Build virtual and physical prototypes to simulate the experience with the product, how it looks and feels, its interaction, and how it might be manufactured or assembled
  • Innovate: solve problems and address whatever challenge may arise
  • Fully engineer a product from idea to production while evaluating, communicating, and balancing conflicting project requirements
  • Excel at core engineering tasks, such as design, prototyping, analysis, 3D CAD modeling (including building Class-A surfaces), and documentation
  • Balance numerous constraints and drive to the best and most appropriate design
  • Communicate and collaborate with frogs, clients, suppliers, and partners

On a typical project you will:

  • Participate in design research focused on product use and experience
  • Analyze and test product usability, ergonomics, and workflow
  • Explore and develop ideas and concepts with hand sketching, 3D CAD, hand-built volumetric mock-ups, and 3D prints
  • Engineer products that can be made: ideate, develop the product architecture, guide detailed engineering, develop manufacturing strategies, and create DFM ready CAD
  • Refine concept designs into 3D parametric CAD, including definition of part break-up considering manufacturing and assembly
  • Create product design documentation and collaborate with customer and 3rd party engineering teams during development
  • Coordinate appearance model fabrication

We want you to have:

  • BSME or similar educational background
  • 1+ years of hands-on, detailed product design experience while shipping product
  • Solid 3D modeling capabilities (Solidworks preferred), including Class-A surface development
  • Knowledge of the product development process (including research, ideation, prototyping, analysis, concept evaluation, engineering, manufacturing)
  • Experience in product architecture development, including feasibility studies, sizing, technology & sensor integration, mechanism design and analysis
  • Exceptional prototyping capabilities
  • Engineering and failure analysis, including tolerance analysis, FEA, stress analysis, and FMEA.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and design constraints for common manufacturing processes, including injection molding, sheet metal stamping, machining, casting, and softgoods
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA) for both high and low volume products
  • Experience collaborating with manufacturers and working through design/DFM challenges with external vendors
  • Experience with engineering documentation, including GD&T, mechanical drawings (ANSI 14.5Y) and manufacturing process documentation
  • Passion for design and creating products that resonate with people
  • Openness to stepping outside your comfort zone to help out on any project that comes your way
  • Self-motivation, excellent communication, strong interpersonal skills, an open mind, the ability to thrive in multidisciplinary teams, and the skills to balance great design with short deadlines
  • A love of collaboration and learning
  • A fearless and positive attitude

It would be a bonus if you had:

  • Experience working in a variety of organizations (start-up, corporate, agency/consultancy)
  • Academic, professional, or life experience from outside the design field that enriches your perspective as a designer

Application Instructions

  • As part of your application, please include a link or PDF of your portfolio of recent work, highlighting your abilities and experience relevant to the role, with specific examples of how you work, think, collaborate, and contribute to great design outcomes. Please note that we are unable to accept any applications without a portfolio.

Equal Opportunities at frog

frog is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

frog is a global business with teams working across the world. To help us process your application, please ensure that your application documents (CV, cover letter, portfolio, etc.) are all in English.