New Product Development Engineer

Other Glen Mills, Pennsylvania







TITLE: New Product Development Engineer-

DATE: 12/19/2016




The New Product Development Engineer is responsible for developing product concepts into products that are manufactural, technically feasible, and commercially viable. This role supports the NPD objectives of developing new product concepts, focusing primarily on high potential projects, to expand our line and presence in the market. Throughout the development process, the New Product Development Engineer will manage multiple projects while communicating effectively with all departments.


  • Design and develop new innovative products with knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to meet expectations of customer and emerging demands of our market.
  • Design and develop innovative plumbing products. Products will include mechanical and electrical components combined into functional and feasible models that meet performance and cost requirements in a timely fashion.
  • Incorporate new technology, materials or designs into our products reducing cost and improving performance.
  • Develop product concepts into functional and feasible models that meet performance and cost requirements in a timely fashion.
  • Develop conceptual and detailed layout, design and engineering of components and complex assemblies.
  • Run simulation processes optimizing 3D product models. Obtain appropriate prototypes to test and validate product is meeting performance requirements.
  • Prepare product documents, preliminary layouts, BOM, and cost studies for custom proposals and manufacturing orders.
  • Travel to different vendors will be required to address current product project as well as customer’s sites for product support. Some travel may be required to visit vendors, customers, and installation sites to investigate and assist in product related issues.
  • Utilize provided software programs to enhance job performance, manage tasks and increase process efficiency.
  • Applies technical skill, creative abilities and problem-solving techniques to design or modify designs items to meet project objectives. Assist and support any NPD project, Production request or Engineering activity as needed.
  • Design and develop test equipment and protocols for compliance to internal quality levels and applicable published standards.
  • Maintain accurate system information and ISO quality procedures related to the Engineering Department.
  • Work closely and communicate regularly and effectively, both orally and in writing, with other departments and other key stakeholders on assigned projects.


  • The New Product Development Engineer reports to the Director of NPD.
  • Close daily interactions: PM, QLE & NPD Departments, Operations & Customer Care.
  • Close interactions: Sourcing/Quality, Sustaining, Manufacturing.
  • External interactions: outside design/engineering resources, 3rd party testing & certification resources
  • No direct supervisory responsibilities



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • A Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined individual with goal-oriented disposition who can manage multiple projects with minimal oversight.
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience in manufacturing and custom product development.
  • Proficient user of 3D modeling software (SolidWorks)
  • Thorough knowledge of manufacturing methods, processes, materials metals, thermoplastics, rubbers and associated molding, fabrication processes and constraints in design.
  • Thorough knowledge of electronic technologies including controllers, sensor, energy supplies, HMI and different communication type for products.
  • Experience with developing power systems and alternate energy harvesting systems for products. Ability to read and understand electrical schematic layouts.
  • Knowledge of applicable Plumbing Codes and Standards.
  • Experience with prototyping equipment and techniques.
  • Excellent analytical skills and fundamental engineering knowledge.
  • Ability to effectively present communicate information in one to one and small group situations to other Associates of the organization.
  • Possess the organizational skills needed to handle multiple projects.
  • Possess the detail focus to accurately interpret SOW, drawings, engineering specifications, and quality standards to effectively meet objective.
  • Strong ability to write concise, coherent written instructions.
  • Able to take instruction from others and execute actions effectively with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work well under tight deadlines and in a busy, fast-paced, quick-turn environment.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function:

  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, and reaching. May require lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone, and other office equipment.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
  • Requires knowledge with tools used in the plumbing industry.


  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects effectively within the project timeline.
  • Ability to communicate effectively within the organization & with vendors (both written and oral) in a clear & professional manner.
  • Ability to put together documents & materials for presentations and training.
  • Ability to successfully support other PPG departments with product related technical requests.
  • Completion of duties on-time and accurately.
  • Review of major accomplishments and contributions to the success of PPG’s goals.



The above statement reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the position identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all responsibilities that may be inherent to the job.