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Senior Design Engineer Job

We Light the Way!


Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 12,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.  

About this Location

This team is located in a recently renovated design, manufacturing and distribution center in Des Plaines, IL, which houses state of the art design validation equipment, teams and facilities.  The onsite racquet ball court and exercise facilities offer competitive work-life balance opportunities to achieve collective business and personal goals.


Position open to either Des Plaines, IL or Decatur, GA.

About this Team

As a part of the Downlighting team you will participate in a number of efforts aimed at expanding our leadership position in specification grade, commercial downlighting, and track by developing products which delight our customers by integrating the latest technologies in the areas of mechanical, electrical, optical, controls and IoT.  Have exposure to a number of core products within Acuity's portfolio and collaborate with all cross-functional members of the design team.


The position for Design Engineer will work within the Acuity Brands' Product Development System (PDS) to drive projects to closure in a timely manner, according to established schedules. This position is responsible for new product development and design and sustaining engineering for existing product, which may involve resolution of field problems. Works in an electro-mechanical environment to do overall product design and redesign, part assembly and detailed part drawings. Works on prototyping, testing, and assembling prototypes and samples. Attends various Product Design/development projects, and must be able to collaborate with all cross functional members of the design team.

How you will contribute:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Involved in various aspects of the design process including, but not limited to, the development of part geometry, assembly design and drawing generation. Design work varies from new product development to product enhancements and cost reduction activities. Develops and distributes engineering data in the form of Engineering Change Notices, bills of material and parts tracking
  • Interacts with Contract and Acuity Brands manufacturing facilities to resolve part or assembly issues, deviation requests and bill of material errors
  • Attends team meetings using the product delivery system (stage gate product development) for each major product
  • Initiates and assists with the development of concepts for new products from Project Charters, and Specification Matrix provided by the Product Manager and other avenues such as reviewing competitor's samples and documentation, and free design techniques. These concepts must be agreeable with standard manufacturing methods utilized in the appropriate manufacturing facility
  • Assist the team with any/all process improvement activities and related research
  • Supports ABS/Lean Transformation as a Kaizen team participant and assist with the completion of post-Kaizen activity/assignments as appropriate
  • Submits test requests and interacts with the testing group as necessary. Submits prototyping requests and interacts with the model shop for the production of prototypes and assembly of samples. Reviews functional specifications, project charters and competitors samples
Qualified Applicants will have:
  • Expert knowledge of engineering fundamentals
  • Proficient use of 3D CAD, LEAN & Six Sigma methodology and practices including standard work, time study, cause & effect, 5WHY analysis and other tools of DMAIC
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills via sketches, and engineering drawings
  • Understanding of and experience with manufacturing methods including stamping, drawing, casting, extruding of metals and plastics
  • Knowledge of UL and UL testing and adherence to established industry and safety standards
  • Ability to influence and enlist the cooperation of other team members to work towards the goal of completing and implementing new product development on time, and within budget
  • Mechanical Engineering degree
  • 3 - 5+ years directly related experience


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


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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Req ID:  1401

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Design Engineer, Electrical, Drafting, Engineering

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