Senior Mechanical Engineer

4 Months ago

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Natural Fiber Welding Inc

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About NFW

NFW is a circularity platform for plastic free performance materials. NFW follows three Ground Rules in everything we develop: start well, stay clean, end well. While nearly everything in the built world relies on some type of plastic that began as crude oil and that will become plastic pollution, we are establishing a new material reality. We believe all materials should begin and end as nutrients ready for the next growth cycle - true circularity. Our multi-material platform serves a wide range of industries, from fashion and footwear to automotive and upholstery. NFW technology embeds seamlessly into existing supply chains, enabling the world’s most iconic brands to design and scale products with high-performance plastic-free materials. NFW makes global brands more sustainable, empowering them to create without plastics. Alongside the boldest brands and visionary designers, we are pioneering a naturally circular post-oil economy. NFW is a company of trailblazers, innovators, and bold thinkers committed to reinventing the way things are made. We never stop learning. We are fiercely curious about the world and how to improve it for everyone. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, flexible work-life balance, great colleagues, and more.


  • Discuss projects with key stakeholders to establish requirements, machine specifications, underlying budget, scope, and timeline requirements.
  • Work with external machine builders on production machinery.
  • Research suppliers and source equipment and provide cost-benefit analysis if needed.
  • Model and design manufacturing lines for Mirum production.
  • Schedule and run equipment trials as needed.
  • Automate and improve existing manufacturing processes with custom precision designs and fabrication techniques.
  • Create prototypes in-house using both CNC and manual machine tools (router, lathe, mill, drill press, etc.).
  • Collaborate with EH&S, Operations, and Controls Engineering to ensure equipment meets safety standards (NFPA, OSHA, ASME).
  • Work with EH&S and Operations on the planning of commissioning equipment.
  • Write operation and maintenance manuals for in-house designs or customizations on existing equipment.
  • Directly discuss problems with operators and production managers to identify and develop labor-saving or product-improving automation solutions.
  • Assist Operations in troubleshooting production problems related to machines and automation.
  • Support maintenance as needed of NFW’s equipment as required/needed.
  • Encourage safe work practices and apply appropriate lockout procedures.
  • Be a team player across engineering, scientific researchers, and business leaders.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering is preferred but not required.
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering is preferred.
  • 8 years industry experience in mechanical or manufacturing design and commissioning.
  • An inquisitive spirit to seek out improvements to existing concepts.
  • Knowledge of DFMA, CAD software (Fusion 360 and AutoCad is preferred), FEA, Stress Analysis, and CAM.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in vast mechanical engineering research and design aptitude.
  • Knowledge of Automation, Robotics, and Lean Manufacturing is a plus.
  • Knowledge of plumbing and heating systems, fluid mechanics is a plus.
  • Must have a collaborative work ethic, positive attitude, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work within a highly iterative team pace and environment.
  • Experience in sourcing equipment for manufacturing.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply established codes related to design (NFPA, OSHA, ASME).
  • Familiarity with basic hand and power tools.
  • Ability to design on rapid, fast-to-failure, iterative development cycles in a research and pilot-scale production environment.

Competency Requirements

  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication.
  • Strong attention to detail is mandatory.
  • Collaborative work ethic, positive attitude, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work as a team as well as independently.
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Ability to adapt to ongoing change.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent talking, hearing, and seeing.
  • Frequent use of hands to grasp, handle, or feel.
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting, and reaching.
  • Regular stooping, kneeling, crouching.
  • Frequent lifting of up to 35 pounds, occasional lifting of up to 75 pounds.
  • Occasional climbing.

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision, clear vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Distance vision, clear vision at 20 feet or more.
  • Color vision, ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Peripheral vision, ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.
  • Depth perception, three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships.
  • Ability to focus, ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.

Work Environment

  • Well-lighted, heated, and/or air-conditioned indoor office, production setting.

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Natural Fiber Welding

Natural Fiber Welding

Peoria, United States

51 - 200

Sector: Manufacturing and materials

About this company

Founders:Luke Haverhals

Founded date:2015

Revenue:US$ 100 - 500 million

Investors:Advantage Capital, Allbirds, Collaborative Fund, Gaingels, National Science Foundation



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