R & D Engineer, Golf Clubs
Wilson Sporting Goods
Schiller Park, IL
Overview
Passion. Creativity. Integrity. Teamwork. Ambition. Innovation. These are the qualities that have made Wilson Sporting Goods Co. the number one sports equipment brand in the world. And these are the qualities that our global team embodies every day as we pursue one shared bold mission: to ignite the true potential in every athlete.

We know that great people are what makes our brand great. We know that teams who bring a variety of skill sets, experiences and perspectives to challenge the status quo and create game-changing product means we are doing right by the athletes and coaches we serve. And that’s why we work with each member of our team to help them dream, discover, grow and realize their own full potential.

Evolving the sports world and being the best partner for players is no small task. We are continually looking to add hard-working, ambitious, team-first individuals who desire to make a difference —and who love to help others win. Join us.

What You'll Do
The R&D Engineer, Golf Clubs will play an integral role in upping our game in the research, design, analysis & development of future golf club designs. Leaning on a demonstrated passion for the game of golf, this individual will help create products that other passionate golfers worldwide will love and help them play their best. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research and understand the golf marketplace landscape in terms of equipment offerings.
Research and understand the fundamentals for what makes a golf club perform and potential technologies that can be applied to deliver world class performance.
Understand and learn to modify mass properties and dimensions to deliver target specs and high COR product designs.
Research and understand the rules governing compliance for golf equipment as set forth by the USGA and R&D governing bodies.
Work with Advanced Innovation, CAD Engineering and Designers to generate/modify/iterate models in CAD from models/sketches or existing parts with the end goal of being used in Advanced Simulation, prototyping, or production.
Develop and execute DOE’s to explore designs and how they affect performance and consumer perception by hitting the design prototypes, running simulations, laboratory measurements as well as robot and player testing.
Facilitate communication and/or generate rapid prototypes using various makes/models of 3D printing technology both in-house and 3rd
Understand and communicate methods and work flow to both technical and business people in the pursuit of developing world class products

What We're Looking For
An individual who is curious and has a strong desire to understand the design & manufacturing of sports equipment; along with an eagerness to continuously learn and incorporate new software/applications into the work flow on demand. Other qualifications include:

BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering is strongly preferred, OR
2 to 5 years experience in an Engineering environment in a full time or internship capacity
Demonstrated love for the game of golf. A single digit handicap preferred and college playing experience a big plus.
Experience with CAD software packages and Matlab
Must be able to work in an experimental, fast paced environment while managing multiple projects and under minimal supervision
Ability to communicate complex methods, timelines and findings to a non-technical audience.
Strong eye for examining the nuisance of shape and contour of complicated surfaces.

What We’ll Provide

The Wilson global headquarters is located in the vibrant, sports-centric city of Chicago with first-class access to a burgeoning creative, innovative, energetic and active professional community. This role will be based at our WLabs Innovation Center near O’Hare. We offer an open, collaborative, high tech work environment with best in class amenities and perks, including:

Medical, dental and vision
Pre-tax transit discounts
401(k) with company match
Life insurance
Paid maternity/paternity leave
Professional development opportunities
Volunteering programs
Team building outings
Discounts on Wilson and Amer Sports products
Smart casual dress (yes, jeans every day!)
Summer hours
Company-sponsored sports leagues/teams
Fun, active company outings around major sports events

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.