Positioner & System Engineering Manager

Country/Region:  US
State:  IA
City:  Bettendorf
Category:  Engineering

Vizient® Manufacturing Solutions is a robotic integrator specializing in custom engineered tooling and automated arc welding systems for general and heavy fabrication applications. All of the products are engineered and manufactured in-house for complete control over product quality and project timelines.

In 2016, Vizient was acquired by Lincoln Electric to help grow the automation portfolio.

Req. ID: 22825 



This position is responsible for directing and managing the system/positioner engineering and detailing departments from project conception, design and analysis to release and build.



B.S. Degree from a four-year college or university and equivalent experience in the field of equipment design.

Incumbent must have a minimum of five years plus experience in mechanical engineering design with previous supervisory responsibilities. Capable of providing technical solutions to manufacturing requirements. Comprehensive understanding of design for  components and assemblies, specifically as they pertain to robotic integrated equipment. Demonstrated communication, organization, and customer relationship skills. Demonstrated team building and leadership skills. Proficient in Word, Excel, 2-D and 3-D design software required.  Design analysis software, documents management software, experience required.  Incumbent will have extensive knowledge or experience and proficiency in the applicable design fields. The incumbent will have a comprehensive understanding of design for structural components and assemblies, specifically as they pertain to robotic integrated equipment, welding and tooling. 

RESPONSIBILITIES (Including but not limited to the following)

The System/Positioner Engineering Manager will work directly system/positioner engineers as well as design detailers on all aspects of the design process.

Responsible for directing and managing the system/positioner engineering and detailing departments in the research, design, analysis, test and records related to product development as it relates to assigned projects by the Management Team.

Conduct performance evaluations for direct reports of the system/positioner engineering and detailing departments, including creation and evaluation of goals.

Champion continued performance and improvement of system/positioner Engineering and detailing departments.

Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring for the system/positioner engineering and detailing Departments.

Works with both project teams and our customers from conception to release and build.

Interview, recommend for hire, discipline and, if needed, recommend for termination direct reports and system/positioner engineering and detailing departments.

Recommend promotions and raises and/or other departmental changes for direct reports and system/positioner engineering and detailing departments.

Attends and leads management meetings.

Participates in project kick-off meetings, internal design reviews, and customer design reviews as deemed necessary.

Provide final approval of all system/positioner designs before fabrication or purchasing using established Vizient processes.

Manage design budgets throughout the engineering process. Review any issues with upper management.

Responsible for the assignment to manage the design, test and release of projects.

Responsible for the assignment to manage development of layout and design of new and existing solutions using all applicable engineering design tools.

Ensures the completion of design changes on existing and new tooling, welding and robotic solutions.

Ensures all engineering team members learn and follow Vizient equipment build standards and Vizient technical guidelines.

Ensure all engineering team members are familiar with Vizient quality procedures.

Approve vacation requests for engineering team members.

Work with all engineering personnel to ensure consistent design practices are being followed (Vizient or customer specific).

Provides instruction and guidance to engineering personnel in regards to new products out on the market for system and positioner design improvements.  This may include meeting with vendors and scheduling various “Lunch and Learns” on an as needed basis

The Engineering Manager will be responsible for working with production, suppliers, safety, sales, service, etc. in order to provide engineering related information to meet project goals assigned

Provide product technical information and specifications for manuals and marketing materials.

Provide support to the Service Department including unscheduled design support and/or service trips as designated by upper Vizient management.

Responsible for working as part of a project team whether as one or with others in completing project goals. These goals are, but not limited to, meeting scheduled dates, meeting performance, reliability, target cost, and quality objectives as set by Vizient management.

Work closely with fabrication, assembly and integration supervisors to make continuous design improvements for ease of manufacturing, design simplicity or cost reductions.

Work closely with Application Engineering department to ensure projects are being executed within scope and function / design intent information is being shared during the design phase of a project.

Ensures all engineering calculations in, component sizing, dimensioning, tolerancing, etc. and maintains accurate records of those calculations for costing analysis and test results.

Responsible for working with production with design for manufacturability in mind on new product designs.

Works closely with production during the first run of a new product for direction in making and assembling parts and to correct problems that arise during the production process.

Review customer specifications and interpret requirements as required

Ensure engineering support during assembly and commissioning of equipment

Ensure complete and accurate documentation upon completion of projects

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit.  The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Engineering 
Section:  Wayne Trail Technologies (US76) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Country/Region:  US
State:  IA
City:  Bettendorf
Category:  Engineering

Nearest Major Market: Davenport
Nearest Secondary Market: Moline

Job Segment: Testing, Fabrication, Welding, Technology, Manufacturing