Kaspar Outdoors: Design Engineer

Job Description:

Primary Function:

The Design Engineer position is responsible for using CAD software to create technical drawings and models in a variety of different industries. They will work with both the customer and cross functional teams to design new products, tooling, work-holdings, and equipment.  

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Be responsible for designing innovate models and drawings of both customers and inhouse parts for manufacturability
  • Use SolidWorks to create drawings and models from verbal customer design intake calls
  • Work with customers in an iterative design approach to provide tailored design solution
  • Maintain organized CAD library
  • Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in the process.
  • Work with Jig and Fixturing to design work-holdings for production
  • Work with CNC programmers to ensure that drawings are provided in a correct and acceptable tolerance range
  • Utilize metal fabrication, welding, and other expertise to implement mistake proofing control methods to increase quality, productivity and reduce costs of manufacturing
  • Work closely with manufacturing engineering to ensure new products are designed to be manufactured efficiently
  • Participate in GEMBA walks and kaizen events
  • All other duties assigned by management


  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken formats
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Strong working knowledge of CAD software
  • Experience in both hard and organic modeling techniques
  • Experience drafting engineering drawing and conduction tolerance stack up analysis (GD&T) is a plus
  • Must have superb problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize both daily issues and strategic projects
  • Must have high aptitude for mechanics
  • Strong foundation in material science
  • The ability to fabricate prototypes, iterate rapidly from concept to high volume production
  • Capability to work closely with department supervision and production workers


  • Degree in Mechanical, Industrial Engineering, or Robotics encouraged
  • 3+ years of experience in a Design Engineering role
  • Lean Trained – certification a plus
  • Metal working industry experience
  • 3+ years of SolidWorks Experience
  • MS Office Applications (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook, etc…) proficiency required
  • Must possess current and valid driving record with clear history for the past three years

Physical Requirements:

  • Extended periods of sitting and/or walking (33% – 75% of time)
  • Stooping, bending, twisting, leaning (10% – 25% of time)
  • Lifting of up to 25 lbs. occasionally (0% – 33% of time)

Work Environment:

  • Frequent work in a manufacturing environment where the use of proper protective equipment (PPE) such as eye protection, hearing protection and safety shoes is mandatory