VA/VE Mechanical Engineer in Independence, OH at Kichler

Date Posted: 11/7/2019

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Job Description

VA/VE Mechanical Engineer

As the VA/VE Mechanical Engineer you will be responsible for designing innovative new products or modifying existing products to support running changes, TCP (Total Cost of Production), Cost of Quality, and VA/VE (Value Added / Value Engineering) projects. This person will work closely with the VA/VE Team, Sourcing, Quality, Product Management, Manufacturing teams as well as suppliers to develop and launch or revise existing lighting systems.

As a member of the VA/VE Team, you will report directly to the Senior Value Engineering Manager and will interface with other members of this team to maintain and/or continuously improve the overall value of product designs.  

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and develop LED fixture designs, including mechanical, thermal, and optical system designs for new products, product improvements, and value engineering projects.
  • Lead new product development from concept to launch. This includes defining product specifications, conceptual design, detailed design, component and material selection, simulation/FEA, prototype, design validation testing, safety approvals, and production implementation while meeting the product requirements and cost targets.
  • Support safety and performance compliance to meet third party certification (ex. UL, ETL, Energy Star, FCC, etc.)
  • Lead design risk assessment activities and drive plan abatement activities across functional team
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to peers, suppliers and customers regarding design, material specifications, testing procedures, and product quality.
  • Review products / develop ideation for cost out opportunities to support corporate TCP and VA/VE targets.
  • Perform tasks directly or work with others to ensure projects remain on schedule
  • Trouble shoot design, manufacturing and quality defects in parts and designs
  • Effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams
  • Prepare, review and approve Engineering Change Orders.
  • Lead projects through Stage Gate Review Process
  • Maintain current knowledge of new and emerging lighting technologies as well as the electrical engineering field.
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently and perform other tasks as required.


  • Engineering Degree from accredited institution (Mechanical Engineer preferred)
  • 3 - 5 years professional engineering experience
  • Professional work experience in consumer electro-mechanical product design. LED lighting fixture design ideal
  • Proven experience with structured Stage Gate process
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Self-driven and able to work under general project direction
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to handle multiple projects concurrently and function in a collaborative global environment
  • Background in SolidWorks required, Onshape a plus
  • Excellent computer skills with the ability to work in Microsoft environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge or basic manufacturing and fabrication methods preferred, e.g. die casting, injection molding, extrusion, stamping, assembly, etc.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally (<10%)
  • Night/early morning calls required to interface with team and suppliers in Asia

Why Kichler?

Kichler is a leader in interior and exterior decorative lighting, landscape lighting and ceiling fans. Kichler products are available through authorized independent lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, procurement companies, irrigation distributors and select e-retailers.

What we offer you as a Kichler employee:

  • Competitive salary, Paid vacation 
  • Comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance 
  • Available 401(k) program with generous company match (no waiting period, 100% vested)
  • Company-paid Life insurance and STD/LTD disability coverage 
  • Onsite cafeteria and work-out facility
  • Location: Adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Employee discount purchase program (MASCO partners)
  • Company events including Night at the Indians, Holiday party, Breakfast with Santa, Summer Picnic

The Kichler brand encompasses more than 3,000 products, including chandelierswall sconcesbath lightingceiling fansunder-cabinet lightinglandscape lightinglamps and accessories. A leader in energy-efficient technology, Kichler's line of Design Pro LED fixtures feature several winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow Award, sponsored by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Lighting Association.

  • Please note this position is NOT open for external recruitment and any inquires will not illicit a response from our HR department.
  • Shift

    Full or Part Time

    Full time

    Kichler Lighting (the “Company”) is an equal opportunity employer and we want to have the best available persons in every job. The Company makes employment decisions only based on merit. It is the Company’s policy to prohibit discrimination in any employment opportunity (including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment) based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical/mental disability, medical condition, marital/domestic partner status, military and veteran status, height, weight or any other such characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company regardless of where the employee is located and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company.

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