Product Development Engineer in Irvine, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 10/1/2021

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Location:
    Irvine, CA
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  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
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Job Description

As a Product Development Engineer for the Hardgoods category, you'll use your exceptional skills and knowledge of products and processes to bring innovative designs to completion. Your focus will be to develop quality, on-time, cost-efficient products that are an accurate reflection of our client’s position as an industry leader. 

Essential Functions of this Role: 

  • Strive to create the most innovative and market-leading hard goods product possible. Products will be evaluated for success using the following criteria: Innovation, function, fit, comfort, relevance to brand identity, technology utilization, quality, aesthetics, timely completion, manufacturability, and realized margins.
  • Prepare and present project information to the Design and Marketing teams for review and decision making.
  • Review and prioritize performance and style to properly incorporate them into products. Visualize performance and styling goals and create solutions to achieve them.
  • Perform CAD work both internally and with Vendor as appropriate from concept through production.
  • Working with Design and the vendor, create and evaluate functional prototypes to verify design intent.
  • Create and maintain project documentation such as 3D CAD files, engineering drawings, spec sheets, bill of materials, project schedules, etc.
  • Manage project scope and schedule to meet project deliverables and deadlines.
  • Develop cost analysis of design proposals, conduct vendor quotations, track project costs to meet product design goals under the guidance of a manager.
  • Deeply understand applicable safety standards and evaluate designs and solutions to meet them.
  • Visit vendor’s manufacturing facilities to sample and commercialize intended product design. Study vendor’s development techniques, production processes and technological capabilities to enhance professional knowledge, further vendor relationship and assist in the innovation of product design/development.
  • Communicate internally and with international factories and vendors; both verbally and in writing critical and pertinent information that is needed in the development process.
  • Research and evaluate new materials, manufacturing processes and trends that may be used for product innovation.
  • Help to build and maintain a comprehensive materials and trims library. 


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to demonstrate abilities in injection molding, vacuum forming, composite manufacturing
  • Time Management 


  • Travel to Asia to support project development/launch as needed 

Required Education, Experience, and Skills: 

  • 4-year degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years minimum consumer product development/engineering experience.
  • An enthusiastic and positive attitude with a passion for Action Sports. Must be very creative, forward-thinking, an energy giver.
  • CAD experience, preferably proficient in Solid Works. Knowledge of surfacing is a plus.
  • Experience engineering injection molds, working with plastic parts and 3D modeling
  • Knowledge of plastics, textiles, and embellishment techniques 

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills: 

  • Previous development/engineering experience in helmets or molded plastic protective sport products
  • Prior experience working with overseas factories and vendors
  • Experience engineering compression molds and parts 

Volt is an equal opportunity employer.