Staff Engineer Product Performance Evaluation
TaylorMade Golf Company
Carlsbad, CA
Responsible for managing key golf ball related testing which assists in the evaluation of new concepts, product development and manufacturing processes. Develop new test methods that better replicate on-course play by a wide range of golfers. Seek opportunities to improve data quality and produce reliable and consistent results. Utilize several robots that replicate a player’s swing, data acquisition systems, various endurance test equipment, and an aerodynamic facility to evaluate prototypes for potential benefits over existing golf ball designs.

Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:
Manage test functions, develop weekly test schedules and work with team to ensure timely results.
Setup, troubleshoot and maintain test hardware and software systems for golf ball robot, endurance and aerodynamic performance testing.
Improve, update, and maintain test procedures to ensure team is receiving consistent and reliable test data.
Analyze test data to help generate trends, develop new metrics and help with conclusions.
Develop complete understanding of critical product specs and how they relate to product performance. Assist team in troubleshooting product that doesn’t meet performance specifications.
Evaluate new test equipment and perform upgrades to existing equipment to meet the growing requirements of the golf ball team.
Develop new tests that replicate on course play and assist team in evaluating new designs.
Measure and analyze existing ball products and tooling.
Document results, define performance range, analyze areas for improvement
Write technical reports that document approach, methods, and findings that will be reviewed by other team members.
Participate in evaluation of new designs/products.
Evaluate and develop simulation tools that have the potential to replace prototyping and physical testing.
Evaluate automation opportunities to improve testing efficiency and operator ergonomics.
Performs other related duties and assignments as required

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:
Excellent working knowledge of Matlab or equivalent engineering analysis software.
Knowledge and some experience in Design of Experiments (DOE). Experience with designing and setting up experiments, various data acquisition methods, statistical analysis and report writing.
Working knowledge of statistics with application to product evaluation.
Knowledge of Creo or other equivalent CAD software.
Basic knowledge of CAE (FEA, CFD)
Strong organization skills, able to multi-task effectively.
Knowledge of manufacturing methods of products the employee is involved in designing (e.g. casting, injection molding, machining, compression molding, forging, and coating/plating techniques) a plus.
Strong communication skills: Must be fluent in English (written and oral), have excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization (e.g. marketing, sales, engineering, production, tour players).
Hands-on lab or machine shop experience. Ability to design and fabricate test fixtures independently.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, including, Word, advanced Excel, Outlook
Demonstrated technical problem solving/creative thinking ability
Demonstrated ability to work in team environment with willingness to question status quo and demonstrate why proposed change offers an improvement.

Education, Work Experience, and Professional Certifications:
3-5 years’ direct experience required; golf industry related experience a plus.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related degree required. Master’s degree preferred
Supervisory experience preferred.
Golf knowledge: terminology, products, rules, handicap of <12 preferred. High level of interest in sports equipment technology

Work Environment / Physical Requirements:
Normal office conditions, heavy computer use
Ability to work extended hours as necessary
Occasional domestic/international travel
Light physical effort equal to frequent lifting or moving of lightweight materials
TaylorMade Golf Company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation.