Design Engineer*

MAPLEWOOD, Minnesota, USAEngineeringR01058624

Position Description

Design Engineer

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 96,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“A long-lasting career at 3M comes from having vision, imagination and the ability to see what doesn’t exist. 3Mers are groundbreaking innovators and it’s important that we give every person the space for disruptive and creative thinking.” – John Banovetz, senior vice president and chief technology officer at 3M 

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

As a Design Engineer, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Leading the design of capital equipment machines from concept through plant commissioning working closely with project managers, fabrication, and plant personnel
  • Implementing technology development to provide continuous advancement in technologies such as web handling, coating, curing, and converting
  • Determining design scope, cost, and schedule and actively managing work to meet those commitments
  • Supporting existing proprietary process solutions through on-site troubleshooting
  • Implementing design solutions that help the 3M organization meet the challenging sustainability goals established by executive management
  • Ensuring production equipment designs meet stringent safety requirements established by both internal and external safety organizations

Your Skills and Expertise 

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Associate Degree/Two (2) year Technical Diploma or higher in a mechanical engineering discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution
  • Five (5) combined years of experience in process equipment & design in a private, public, government or military environment

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering
  • Seven (7) years of experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of capital equipment
  • Experience with NX (Unigraphics), or other advanced solid modeling software and experience in the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with specific experience with structural and thermal analysis
  • Experience with precision machining and fabrication, as well as precision dimensional measurement equipment and techniques
  • Understanding of web handling, coating, drying, and converting processes and equipment.
  • Skills include self-directed leadership, strong verbal and written communications, demonstrated project management and technology leadership
  • Hands-on experience with start-up, troubleshooting and commissioning of capital manufacturing equipment

Location: Maplewood, MN and may consider remote U.S. work location

Travel: May include up to 20% domestic/international

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only.  Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position.  The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company's sole election.

Supporting Your Well-being 

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 

Resources for You 

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