Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Mechanical Engineer in Houston, Texas

Mechanical Engineer at ITW

Job Description

Position at ITW Car Care

Position Summary:

Responsible for the mechanical conceptualization, development and documentation of new products and support existing products. Works closely with Product Development team including, Innovation, R&D, Marketing, and Operations. Utilize SolidWorks software to construct 3D data and documentation required for the production of new products. Create functional models, mechanical drawings, bills of materials, written reports, and inspection protocols as well as perform product testing. Interface with our manufacturing partners. Rely on instructions and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


  • Smart and creative with strong proven problem solving skills in active product development environments.

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and hardworking

  • Strong communication skills are essential with the ability to clearly present ideas to a cross-functional team and manufacturing partners.

  • Must show the strong sense of urgency required in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • ‘Cradle to grave’ experience is ideal.

  • Must have experience designing parts using various materials and processes especially Injection Molding.

  • Firsthand experience in Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Metal Forming, and other manufacturing processes is very beneficial.

  • Production experience working with international suppliers is ideal (Focus on Asian suppliers).

  • Experience with engineering documentation, including creating detail drawings and developing a BOM is required. (Knowledge of GD&T is a plus.)

  • Project management experience and supervision over teams is ideal.

  • Experience in consumer products / packaged goods industry is beneficial especially if it involved user interface and ergonomics.


  • Analysis of competitive products and competitive solutions.

  • Identification of potential materials, manufacturing methods, and sources.

  • Create 3D computer models in SolidWorks.

  • Develop mechanical prototypes to determine design feasibility.

  • Work closely with Industrial Design to incorporate mechanical solutions with design directions to create best in class products.

  • Resolve structural, mechanical, and development issues.

  • Specify materials and production processes.

  • Develop performance requirements and testing protocols.

  • Product testing and evaluation.

  • Assist in preparation of unit cost estimates.

  • Work with the overall product development team to provide accurate, well-defined and convincing verbal, written, and graphic presentations.

  • Generate the required documentation, material specifications, and control drawings necessary for the successful manufacturing of our products.

  • Keep current in the areas of design-related materials, processes, disciplines, and technologies that are pertinent to our products and industries.

  • Work with our manufacturing partners to manage tight timelines and produce high quality products.

  • Develop QC requirements and pre-ship inspection protocols.

  • Travel to customers and vendors as required, including international travel.


Required Skills and Abilities

  • BSME from an accredited University (or equivalent).

  • 1-3 Years’ experience as an Engineer excelling in a product development environment focused on innovation and ideally working with Industrial Designers to develop the aesthetic forms for various products.

  • Demonstrated CAD experience required with emphasis on complex surfacing. SolidWorks preferred

  • Demonstrated portfolio of developing innovative, consumer-driven, commercially successful new products.

  • Demonstrated highly evolved communication, presentation, organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of production, product specifications, engineering and material processes.