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Blount International, Inc. Mechanical Engineer (Machine Design & Testing) in Portland, Oregon

Mechanical Engineer (Machine Design & Testing)

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Date: Feb 10, 2021

Location: Portland, OR, US

Company: Blount International

Work Location: Portland, OR

Functional Area: Engineering

Number of Openings: 2

Current Openings: 2.00

If you thrive on new challenges, a fast-paced environment, and being part of an dynamic Performance Lab team…

If you want to join a global industry leader...

If you like being a part of the new product development process where you are the subject matter expert for testing solutions, evaluating performance and durability, and working with a wide variety of outdoor power equipment…

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We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer (Machine Design & Testing) to join our Performance Lab team in our Portland, Oregon location.

About Blount International

Founded in 1947 in Portland, Oregon, Blount International has grown from a small family-run saw chain operation to an international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of precision cutting tools, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals in more than 110 countries. Thanks to our pioneering spirit, we have transformed the cutting industry and played a key role in championing and establishing safety regulations for the industry.

At Blount, we are driven by a mission to help pros power through the toughest jobs, and we hold fast to our core values of innovation, humble leadership, global stewardship and accountability. These values inspire us to keep growing, learning and working hard to shape the landscapes in our communities in positive ways. Together, we seek to make the world a better place by offering the best brands and products for professional-grade precision cutting tools and equipment for global-end business segments.

What we’re looking for:

  • Ability to assist with development of new measurement platforms including custom instrumentation

  • Design and build data acquisition systems - develop and maintain data acquisition/analysis and test control software routines in LabVIEW

  • Design and build mechanical and/or electrical systems for use in automated performance or reliability testing of products.

  • Experience in using Solidworks and AutoCAD Electrical for design work is preferred

  • Programs in C++ or Visual Basic (preferred, but not required)

  • Experience with operating, maintaining, and upgrading data acquisition systems for existing applications

  • Ability to assess measurement system & data integrity

  • Proven experience with determining specifications and validating performance of measurement systems

  • Capable of troubleshooting machine faults, errors, and erroneous data outputs

  • Proficient with data collection & analysis, including final reports with recommendations and alternatives

  • Experience identifying test improvement opportunities

  • Clearly defined and documented project requirements, timing, and resources

  • Experience performing cost estimates, including capital requests and budget monitoring where necessary

  • Conduct and participate in design reviews

  • Perform corrective actions on existing measurement equipment, including electronic equipment

  • Works with design engineers to develop new testing methods and processes and new instrumentation as required by product development projects

  • Provide/arrange calibrations services

  • Perform ergonomic & safety assessments

  • Implement documentation requirements

What you’ll do:

The Mechanical Engineer (Machine Design & Testing) will apply technical expertise in mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, and computer sciences in the design, modification, and operation of measurement systems and automated test equipment to generate valid data. Typical test data will be mechanical (force, pressure, vibration, etc.) or electrical (voltage, current, frequency) in nature from which design engineers, test technicians, and other customers make manufacturing process, product design, and/or testing process decisions. In addition, this role is highly interactive within the company and may require using engineering judgment to make recommendations to an internal audience regarding testing or design.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related field

  • 3 - 5 years of experience as a measurement engineer, test engineer, or similar role

  • Experience with programming software – LabVIEW highly preferred

  • Multi-channel data acquisition systems

  • Experience with high speed and thermal photography

  • Experience in mechanical design of test systems required

  • Electrical engineering experience preferred, but not required but preferred

  • Project management experience desired

  • Experience with a broad range of manufacturing processes

  • Experience with product application, especially in the outdoor power tool/lawn & garden market, is desired

  • Solve problems analytically; search out relevant information and determine importance and creative thinker

  • Rapidly responds to changes in direction, priorities, and project requirements

  • Available to work on site as required by job

More about Blount International, Inc.

We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and

profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members. To learn more about our products please visit our website at

It is the policy of Blount International to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work.

During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. date of birth; driver’s license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk, and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.