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 Subject : Prototype Engineer job opening.. 07/20/2014 09:49:19 PM 
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Prototype Engineer

Radio Flyer holds a special place in people's hearts. This is true because Radio Flyer transports people to a happy time, to the best parts of childhood, a time when anything was possible. For over 95 years, our company has produced children's products that bring smiles and create warm memories that last a lifetime and the Radio Flyer brand has become an American icon. Beyond our classic Little Red Wagon ™, today Radio Flyer produces tricycles, scooters, wagons, and many other ride-ons that have fueled our growth and success. Radio Flyer is a recognized leader in the toy industry, headquartered in Chicago - headed by Robert Pasin, grandson of the company founder.

Radio Flyer has consistently been recognized as a top workplace and received numerous awards such as, Best Places to Work in Illinois, Wall Street Journal’s Top Small Workplaces, Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and Crain’s Best Places to Work. Having fun at Radio Flyer isn’t just another perk, it’s a job requirement!

We are committed to a culture that embraces positive energy, achieves results and drives business growth. At Radio Flyer we live by the Little Red Rule, “Every time we touch people's lives, they will feel great about Radio Flyer!”

Radio Flyer is seeking an outstanding Prototype Engineer with 3+ years of experience developing prototypes for consumer products. This person will play a key role in the Product Development Prototype Studio located at the company’s headquarters on the Northwest side of Chicago. The prototype engineer works closely with Designers and Engineers to create rough mock-ups, functional prototypes and finished (presentation quality) prototypes.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Fabricating, machining, welding, finishing, painting, texturing and assembly.
• Develop prototypes of different levels of finish throughout the entire product development process (rough mock-ups, conceptual models, ergonomic testing prototypes, engineering testing models, electronic breadboards, and mechanical assemblies to demonstrate mechanisms.
• Create rapid prototypes using Objet 3D printer and 3-axis CNC vertical machining centers.
• Develop prototypes using a variety of materials including different densities of foam, fabric, wood, plastic, metal and other materials.
• Collaborate with designers and engineers to brainstorm solutions to design challenges. Create proof of concepts for efficient evaluation.
• Coordinate model making activities with inside and outside resources to meet required deadlines.
• Innovate in prototype build techniques to expand our capabilities and continue to push the boundaries of creating prototypes that are a closer approximation of the final product.
• Help maintain a safe, clean and organized shop environment.

Requirements (Commitment-Personality-Technical):
• Associates degree required. Bachelor’s degree in Prototype Engineering, Industrial Design or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in model making/prototype building and finishing.
• Experience in advanced finishing techniques required to complete presentation models: fabricating, sanding, polishing, painting, texturing and assembly with extreme attention to detail.
• CAD/CAM (Surfcam or Mastercam preferred), Solidworks experience would be a plus.
• Skilled at visualizing 3-dimensional parts from mechanical drawings, hand sketches or CAD files.
• Team player and safety focused.
• Expert shop skills and vast experience working with a variety materials and both power and hand tools.
• Excellent communication skills (written, oral and sketching).

Above all, the individual must be an effective problem solver who is committed to our values of • “Funominal” Customer Experiences • Live with Integrity • Yes I Can • Excellence in Everything • Responsible for Sustainability!

S/he will know how to balance multiple priorities, and work toward big picture objectives without losing sight of important details. Organization, planning, execution, and follow-up skills are important.

Energy and enthusiasm are essential. The right person will be willing and able to do whatever it takes to get the job done. This position is ideally suited to an individual who is able to balance creativity with good analytical skills and stay focused on results – someone who enjoys problem solving, loves challenge, and is committed to continuous improvement. Warmth, honesty, integrity, and humor are also important characteristics.

Radio Flyer is looking for people who live our values and who support our vision and mission!

Radio Flyer is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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