Design Engineer (DE I or DE II)
Husqvarna Group
Charlotte, NC
Job Description:
The R&D Engineering Group is responsible for new product development, cost reduction, and quality improvement. This includes design and revisions for various outdoor power products including chainsaws, mowers and tractors, as well as other handheld, walk-behind or ride-on products.

Position/Job Description:
Entry level to qualified engineer position

Performs routine tasks as assigned and relies on pre-established guidelines, procedures, and/or detailed instructions while learning and developing product design skills. Scope is typically small to medium in nature.

Consults with supervisor to plan and accomplish goals. Some evaluation, originality or ingenuity is expected. Work is subject to frequent review by supervisor.

Essential Duties:
  • Depending on skill and experience level, not all Essential Duties may be required of each incumbent.

Write parameters for assigned design projects including scheduling, cost data, serviceability and functional requirements. Ensure that all product design standards are followed. Personally assure that projects meet the parameters, as well as schedule, appearance, and costs.

Responsible for necessary layouts required to satisfactorily solve design objectives and meet the outlined parameters. Make all calculations necessary to satisfy strength, loads, performance, etc.

Coordinate design reviews on a timely basis and ensure that designs have been properly reviewed for safety considerations and are reviewed in accordance with Product Creation Process (PCP) guidelines.

Review finished drawings for accuracy of design, tolerances, fits, manufacturing capability, materials, drafting standards, etc. Ensure that designs are functionally correct.

Write and check specifications of materials, finishes, assembly, out-of-box, and other required reports.

Timely completion of all required PCP activities, documentation, and reporting in HPM.

Write ECR/ECOs, specifications of materials, finishes, assembly specifications, out-of-box specifications, PPAP documentation review and other necessary reports

Assume project coordination which includes: parts, tracking, tooling approval, bill of materials, and costing of the parts assigned, as well as, the complete project.

Responsible for test plan creation and fulfillment to include: oversight of construction and testing of pilot run models assigned, writing test procedures as required, analyzing test data, and making necessary changes and improvements.

Participate in cost reduction and product improvement programs. Make recommendations and implement projects to control, as well as reduce, cost.

Implement quality improvements.

Assist in resolving production issues in a timely and effective manner. Manage deviation approval as needed.

Keep abreast and well-informed of competitor products, new technologies, pricing conditions, etc.


Implement and ensure that assigned projects comply with product engineering and safety standards.

Keep abreast of domestic and foreign standards within product category.


Maintain proper follow-up and liaise with Purchasing, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Control and suppliers. Coordinate pilot runs, tracking meetings and project communications to other departments


Ensure assistance for production tooling, pilot runs, assembly instructions and assembly cost is provided.

Provide effective communication and follow-up with end customers, Distribution and private label customers, Customer Service Department, etc. to ensure all field problems and warranty issues are clearly understood and solved. Utilize these sources to gain understanding of customer needs.

Assist in coordination of joint projects with other Husqvarna divisions or manufacturing sites.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field

0 – 2+ years or professional experience (preferably includes college internship)


3D CAD modeling experience
Solid graphic ability

Relevant experience in Product Design

Knowledge and understanding of various manufacturing processes (as determined by category assignment) to include, but not limited to: injection molding die casting, blow modling, roto molding, stampings, laster cutting, sheet metal, weldments, powder metal.

Specialized product knowledge/experience

Hands on experience working on outdoor power equipment

Design experience with high volume consumer products that perform a function

Skills and Capabilities (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) :

Ability to learn Product Creation Process (PCP) and how to write parameters for assigned design projects including scheduling, cost data, serviceability and functional requirements.

Experience/coursework in 3D CAD modelling / technical drawings.

Ability to learn manufacturing operations and processes to include but not limited to: injection molding, die casting, blow molding, stampings, laser cutting, sheet metal, weldments, powder metal, etc.

Ability to work extended hours as required, including overtime and weekends.

Ability to travel to domestic and/or international sites


Knowledge and understanding of FEA, DFMEA, DVP&R, GD&T for part design

Knowledge and/or experience with SmarTeam, HPM, engineering databases, and other software programs useful to engineering functions

Leadership skills

Analytical and problem solving skills

Organizational and time management skills