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Mechanical Engineering Leadership Program

Req ID:  7128
Remote Opportunities:  Semi-Remote

We use technology to solve problems in spaces, light, and more things to come… for our customers, our communities, and our planet. 
Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is a market-leading industrial technology company. We use technology to solve problems in spaces, light, and more things to come. Through our two business segments, Acuity Brands Lighting and Lighting Controls (ABL) and the Intelligent Spaces Group (ISG), we design, manufacture, and bring to market products and services that make a valuable difference in people’s lives.  
We are positioned at the intersection of sustainability and technology. Our businesses develop technology that helps save our customers energy and reduce their carbon emissions. We achieve growth through the development of innovative new products and services, including lighting, lighting controls, building management solutions, and location-aware applications. 

You may utilize this posting to upload your resume and information; however, this is not an application for a specific position. Your submission may or may not be reviewed depending on our future needs for this role. If your information is reviewed for a specific job opening, you may be invited to apply for that specific job opening. We encourage you to review the open positions listed on our careers website and directly apply for any for positions that interest you.


Job Summary


Are you a driven and talented individual looking for the place to do your best work while developing into an impactful leader? Look no further than the Acuity Brands Leadership Program!


The Acuity Brands Mechanical Engineering Leadership Program is a two-year rotational experience designed to develop high-potential candidates into engineering leaders through hands-on experiences that synergize participants' strengths with the needs of the business. Each Engineering Leadership Program Specialist spends their first 18 - 24 months of employment rotating every 6 months within the engineering department to ensure that graduates of the program are prepared to succeed in all aspects of their field. The purposeful design of each rotation is to provide participants with opportunities to develop their business acumen, leadership skills, and proficiency in specialized skillsets within engineering. Upon graduation from the Leadership Program, participants will have a clear understanding of how they fit into the larger company strategy and will have developed the necessary skillsets to become a future leader at Acuity Brands.


This Mechanical Engineering Leadership Program role has start dates in July of 2024.


Along with the valuable knowledge gained within the rotations, recent graduates will participate in activities to enhance business acumen and personal growth. Some of these activities include:

  • Specialized onboarding for all participants to ensure integration to the organization and program
  • A one-on-one mentorship from an engineering leader for the duration of the program and beyond
  • Social and networking events to help forge connections with both peers and leaders across the business
  • Frequent opportunities to come together with program peers to learn about various business processes and initiatives
  • Leadership report-out meetings to share your rotational learnings as well as performance reviews aimed at identifying strengths and areas for growth


Key Tasks & Responsibilities (Essential Functions)


While specific projects are determined by business needs the need of the business, each Leadership Program has a set of “functional requirements” to ensure that all participants have similar learning objectives. All Engineering Leadership Program Specialists are required to rotate into the following functions:


  • New Product Development
  • Sustaining/VAVE
  • Manufacturing (Crawfordsville, IN)


Additionally, with the remaining rotations, we will connect with the interests of the individual with our current business needs to explore such areas as:


  • Optical Engineering
  • Light Engine Engineering
  • Outsourced Product Development
  • Product Support
  • Tech Support
  • Field Service
  • Post Sales
  • ABS
  • Model Shop
  • ATG Project Management
  • Labs & Certifications
  • Sourcing


 *Please note, during each rotation the selected candidate will be a full-fledged member of the engineering team and working on projects right alongside the rest of the engineers.




  • Courage
  • Sharing Responsibility
  • End-User Focus
  • Decision Making
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Strategic Influence
  • Driving Innovation
  • Energizing the Organization
  • Driving Execution


Company Perks


With time being the only constrained resource, we strive to create the place where you can work with your manager to get the flexibility you need to balance your commitments – personal, work, customer, health, family, and everything else. Our focus is on the results you deliver– not formal, rigid work schedules.


So, we offer:


  • Flexible workdays – Some work needs to happen between certain times, and some work doesn’t. This is a flexible role that is typically 30-50% in the office and the rest of work time is typically remote. The selected candidate will have the ability to work in the office as much as they choose.
  • Flexible Time Off – Take the amount of time you need. We are focused on results.
  • Paid Parental Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave – Parents can take up to 4 weeks (or 160 hours) of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The birthing parent receives up to 13 weeks of leave at 100% of your regular salary.
  • Home Office Allowances – Monthly stipends to help cover the things that make it easier to work remotely.
  • Wellness programs – Our holistic benefits plans include healthcare, financial heath, mental health, legal plans, tuition reimbursement, and more.
  • Opportunities to connect and grow - Join one of our employee resources groups to support your professional aspirations and get linked with a community that shares your interests.


Education (minimum education required)


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts


Preferred Education (i.e. type of degree)


  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineer Technology


Experience (minimum experience required)


  • 0 to 2 years of applicable work experience
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite


Preferred Experience (i.e. industry experience)


The best candidates are:

  • Proven innovative problem-solvers
  • Agents for change
  • Experienced leaders of people and processes
  • Excellent with time management
  • Comfortable with taking initiative
  • Team-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communicators
  • Champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion


Physical Requirements

Light work


Travel Requirements



We value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:  As an equal opportunity employer, Acuity Brands is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may contact us at (770) 922-9000.  Please clearly indicate what type of accommodation you are requesting and for what requisition. 


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Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

Job Segment: Mechanical Engineer, Machinist, Project Manager, Sustainability, Field Service, Engineering, Manufacturing, Energy, Technology

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