Tool Design 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: 21995 


Position Summary: This position is responsible for directing and managing the Tool Design engineering department from project conception, design and analysis to release and build. This includes overseeing the design of custom tooling that is used in welding, machining and assembly operations. The Manager will develop processes and strategies to assist engineers with concept and technical decisions while also acting as a mentor to develop and enhance skill sets.


Supervise tool design engineering groups as required regarding active project deliverables, schedules and costs;

Review and address active project performance reports and provide direction to engineering staff;

Collaborate and develop outsourcing partners for design work;

Authorize final designs and other associated approvals;

Supervise, maintain and develop engineering standards and product catalog;

Promote continuous improvement and training with a focus on quality, accuracy and efficiency;

Supervise the scheduling of engineering manpower needs;

Complete bi-annual employee performance evaluations for direct reports;

Champion continued performance and improvement of Tool Design Engineering department;

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 Tool Design Engineering department;

Recommend promotions and raises and/or other departmental changes for direct reports and Tool Design Engineering department;

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

Provide final approval of all tool designs before fabrication or purchasing using established company processes;

Approve vacation requests for engineering team members;

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 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;

Ensure complete and accurate documentation upon completion of projects;

Assist with the enforcement of company policies and procedures; and

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Experience / Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent experience;

5-7 years mechanical design experience preferred;

Managerial and / or supervision experience;

Project management experience;

3-D CAD design experience (PTC ProEngineer / Creo, SolidWorks & Windchill PDM);

Design experience in special machines, tooling, weld cells, robotic equipment and other machine solutions;

Experience in hydraulic and pneumatic control;

Computer proficiency including MS Office, CAD software, PDM software and project management software;

FMEA, equipment capability, safety (OSHA, SDS); and

Educational, training and experience requirements may be modified at the management team’s discretion.


Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S):

Understand the Company’s EH&S Policy and how it relates to this job;

Be aware of OSHA & EPA laws and regulations as well as company rules and policies that pertain to this job;

Work in a safe and environmentally friendly manner and observe all company EH&S procedures;

Immediately notify the supervisor if there is any safety hazard, any equipment not operating correctly or if there are any questions regarding EH&S procedures; and

Attend required EH&S training.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

Physical demands:

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate; temperature in the assembly area may fluctuate with the seasons, as the production area is not air-conditioned.


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



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: Fabrication, Welding, Machinist, Project Manager, Manufacturing, Technology