Lead Mechanical Engineer (ME II)
South Bend, Indiana - Full Time

Founded in 1926, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) remains a family-owned South Bend, IN headquartered business which is currently operated by the 4th generation of the family.  MTI is the global leader in friction welding solutions with locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Slovakia and a majority-owned facility in India. Leveraging the outstanding MTI reputation and our strong customer relationships, MTI has developed a significant global presence as provider of critical friction welding solutions for Aerospace / Astrospace, Automotive, Military, Oil & Gas and Mining industries and boasts customers such as NASA, Boeing and large tier 1 automotive suppliers such as Rolls-Royce.  We are known as an independent, nimble, and fast responding partner for customized solutions. With over 250 global employees MTI generates over $40M in annual sales.  There are three main branches of the business: Friction Welding Machine Build, Resistance Welding in Europe and Contract Friction Welding. 

As our influence expands, we are searching for a highly skilled and strategic minded Lead Mechanical Engineer (ME II) to join our team of exceptionally dedicated and inter-connected professionals in an exciting and rewarding technically advanced company.

This important role strives to achieve success by following MTI’s Core Values: Purposeful Innovation, MTI Family Company, Stellar Reputation, Customer Intimate, Supported Accountability, and An Environment Where You Are Expected to Contribute and Grow.

Location: South Bend, IN

The Challenge:

MTI is a company in significant growth, and rapid development in terms of globalizing and becoming best in class. MTI is looking for driven, collaborative, and innovative people to help us achieve our goals.

Essential Job Duties: 

  • Technical leader of an assigned project
    • Leads mechanical, fluids, controls engineering efforts
    • Communicates to Project Engineer, Lead builder, and customer as required.
  • Responsible for all Up-front project activities
    • Reviews and closely follows customer specifications and requirements for machines, tooling and automation during manufacture of machines, tooling, automation, GAP document, and cycle timing diagram.
    • Work with Asst. Chief Engineer to schedule resources to meet project needs
    • Creation and maintaining of Job Structure and Job Control Sheet
    • Functional Description
    • Specifications for design available
  • Project Design Reviews & Actions Required
    • Customer required
    • Sub-assembly
    • Controls Transfer
  • Responsible for technical design and detail drawings using 3D CAD and other engineering tools, laboratory equipment and engineering analysis software.
    • Technical communication within the team.
    • Project engineering calculations
    • Readiness of mechanical drawings to mechanical standards for checking
  • Responsible for detailed lists of parts, detail drawings, and materials (bills of materials) required to complete the project, as required.
    • Ensures timely entry of BOM’s into M2M
    • Release of Mechanical BOM’s from Engineering into Procurement phase for assigned projects.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting project issues and driving them to a solution by root cause analysis.
    • Procurement (Supplier issues)
    • Inspection
    • Start-Up/De-Bug
    • Run-off
  • Responsible for project outputs:
    • Machine component tags listing
    • Machine Verification Log
    • PCR test plan
    • Run-off plan
    • Machine shipping weights
    • Mechanical input to Technical manual.
  • Understanding of machine operations and ability to operate the machine.
  • Continuously improves engineering processes.
  • Helps develop strategies and processes to ensure on-time delivery of equipment, cost reduction opportunities and performance improvements.
  • Good working knowledge of designing and specifying components for high-force machines and handling systems.
  • Understanding of manufacturing environment, including machining processes, workflow, assembly processes, cycle time and quality and delivery expectations.
  • Promotes cultural values and behavior in others (Respectful, Purposeful, Integrity, Collaborative, Adaptable, Positive Attitude, Excellence, Effective Communication, Self-motivated, Responsible, Recognition & Appreciation)
  • Mentor and train junior engineers assigned by Assistant Chief Engineer during projects.
  • May be involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical products.
  • May lead and direct the work of others.
  • Perform other assignments, as requested by supervisor or manager.
    • Based on individuals skillsets/desire, may perform duties of other team members as required to meet project needs. i.e., Robot programming, assistance with de-bug, establishing process parameters for improved machine performance.

Desired Skills:

  1. Hydraulic circuit design
  2. Hydraulic component hardware and specification
  3. Ability to perform fluid and thermal analysis and sizing calculations

Required Skills and Competencies:

  1. Must have excellent communication skills
  2. Computer skills; SolidWorks (preferred), AutoCAD 2D, and Microsoft Office products
  3. Must have background with 3D CAD, preferably SolidWorks or similar 3D software
  4. Ability to read mechanical drawings and understand dimensional tolerances
  5. Integrated system design
  6. Must be eligible to work in the U.S. permanently
  7. Must conduct oneself with the highest level of professional and ethical standards.

This position leads to product development and leadership roles.

Job Type: Full-time
                 This is not a remote position.  This position requires your onsite presence.


  • 401(k) matching
  • Health Insurance
  • H.S.A. with company contribution
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off, new hires receive 20 days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid short term disability
  • Continuing Education: Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary uniform service
  • EV charging station for employees


  • Day shift

MTI is a privately held company headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, specializing in transformational, custom-engineered joining solutions for manufacturing processes. Our leading-edge expertise is available on site worldwide. An ISO 9001, AS9100, and NADCAP registered company, we also provide contract welding services at our 115,000 SF facility in South Bend, as well as at MTI Welding Technologies, Ltd. in Kingswinford, England.

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MTI is a EOE/Affirmative Action and Drug Free Workplace.