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Design Engineering Intern - Summer 2019
Title:Design Engineering Intern - Summer 2019
Shift:1st Shift


Supervises and manages the development of all facets and execution of product improvement and/or new product designs. Is responsible for assisting in regional product strategies. Designs/re-designs products to meet or exceed market needs. Work to include B.O.M., manufacturing formulas, design specifications/tolerances, and parts/fabrication drawings.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for design of completed families of system and subassemblies
  • Interprets regional design implications from customers, sales representatives, service representatives and quality technicians information collected for design improvements
  • Works with vendors in the development of designs and tolerance standards, particularly extrusion die designs.
  • Approves and submits designs of new and existing dies, vendor dies and purchased parts.
  • Directs research and/or testing for the analysis and approval of new materials or systems.
  • Recommends components for the standardization between families of window systems.
  • Recommends general standards for product testing (in-house and formal lab tests), obtaining sample plans, building prototypes, scheduling tests and communicating results
  • Recommends how fabrication requirements to Tooling and Process Engineering staff for tool design, plant layout and process flow should be communicated.
  • Recommends process for production pilot of new or reconfigured product designs, facilitates engineering involvement during full production start-up.
  • Recommends how multiple project timelines, engineering resources, costing and periodically reviews might be prioritized.
  • Recommends these changes and manages input of how these are communicated to leadership and/or cross-functional work teams.
  • Designs and recommends changes in procedures and communication formats used between departments.
  • Facilitates design review sessions and communicates project status to supervisor, co­workers and management.
  • Makes recommendations on changes for documentation, specifications and training materials.
  • Makes recommended changes in temporary deviations and Engineering Change Orders (ECOs), B.O.M. and drawings standards.
  • Provides training engineering personnel on strategies for technical support of Manufacturing Department and aids in root cause analysis of build problems.
  • Is responsible for development of the design strategies for products families of high volume, financial impact and complexity.
  • Follows established procedures and approves significant expenses affecting the financial performance of the company.
  • Supports or leads strategic action plans.
  • Helps in the development of strategic plans.
  • Manages the monthly reporting of progress/ scheduling and assists in the quarterly forecasting.






To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to clearly develop ideas in the form of working drawings. 
  • Potential to perform comparative analysis to qualify product certifications. 
  • Ability to read and understand building codes and parts specifications.
  • Must gain familiarity with PGT manufacturing processes, material selection and product testing procedures.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related college degree) and 7 years engineering experience or 10 years window engineering experience.
  • Project management experience in a team environment experience desirable.
  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, CAD (preferably 3D or Inventor)


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must write clearly and concisely
  • Must use courtesy and tact with internal and external customers



Proficient in algebra, geometry and trigonometry


No specific reasoning ability required


None required



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Majority of work in air-conditioned office environment located off manufacturing floor.
  • Occasional to Frequent work in manufacturing plant environment with cement flooring, seasonal temperatures/humidity, varying noise levels (Associated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required always when on manufacturing floor).
  • Office environment involves frequent sitting, walking, and standing
  • Office environment includes occasional climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and balancing.
  • Frequent use of eye, hand, and finger coordination enabling the use of office equipment.
  • Repetitious hand/wrist movement due to use of computer.
  • Constant oral and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the telephone.



Ability to travel occasionally domestically.

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