Design Engineer

Architectural Elements is a team of artisans that design, fabricate, and install specialized architectural & landscape related projects. Working with all metals, wood, glass, & plastics, we can custom-fabricate any manner of decorative elements and architectural details– from intricate light fixtures to multi-story staircases.

We are now hiring a full-time, DESIGN ENGINEER

Architectural Elements is a rapidly growing, medium-sized metal fabrication shop. We are a subcontractor or material supplier for commercial & high-end residential construction projects. Our expansion is strong and there are many opportunities for advancement. This is a non-conflict shop where folks enjoy a wide range of unique projects. Our employees exude ethics, integrity, & teamwork. We have fun and support each other, treating our coworkers & customers with courtesy & respect.

We love what we do and our passion shines through the quality & craftsmanship of our work. We have an impeccable reputation. Our high-caliber clients include Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Oculus VR, Facebook, & Vulcan. We have worked with dozens of architectural firms including Studios, NBBJ, ZGF, Gensler, GGLO, Olson Kundig, & Graham Baba. We contract regularly with Dovetail, Krekow Jennings, Schuchart/Dow, Skanska, Sellen, Turner, GLY, and many other general contractors. We work with many different materials including all metalswoodglass, & plastics. We build feature staircases, art installations, outdoor & home furnishings, kinetic pieces & gizmos, electrical signage, steel windows & doors, and much more. Get to know us: check out our Instagram, and Vimeo channels.

We offer a highly competitive wage (DOE) with 6 paid holidays paid time offMedicaldental, and vision insurance is also available.

Job Summary:

 Design Engineers research & develop ideas & processes for new products, improve the performance & design of existing products, and coordinate with Project Management on production of final products, in collaboration with several internal departments & external entities.  Design Engineers utilize drafting software to create drafts of new designs, taking into consideration feasibility, cost, safety & legal regulations, maintenance, and the environment.

This is not an entry-level position. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in product/industrial/mechanical design. We’re looking for an experiencedturn-key Design Engineer that can jump directly into our project flow.

Key Position Roles:
  •  Research, design, & create new products related to architecture, art, & landscaping
  • Estimate costs for final product designs, and release reports to supervisors, incorporating costs of labor, material, delivery, and overhead; controlling expenditures within limitations of project budget
  • Sketch product concepts, complete CADD models, and submit concept drawings for review & revision
  • Create detailed & accurate drawings & models that can withstand future modification, all the way down to individual parts for production
  • Collaborate with third party engineers, project managers, and creative teams, along with AE’s internal Project Management & Production departments
  • Collaborate & coordinate with operations & fabrication teams to review product design for profitability, feasibility, and compliance with engineering principles, company standards, customer contract requirements, and safety & legal requirements
  • Evaluate the function, safety, & appearance of products to ensure they have a practical design that can be produced profitably
  • Evaluate & approve design changes, specifications, and drawing releases
  • Work closely with operations & fabrication teams to integrate design improvements and ensure adherence to required quality standards
  • Consult with fabrication teams during product manufacturing, advising them on design specifications & providing physical assistance when required
  • Analyze engineering sketches, specifications, and related data & drawings to determine design factors
  • Present designs & perform demonstrations of product prototypes for the approval of clients
  • Develop & maintain positive work relationships with AE team members & clients
  • Maintain flexibility, adapt quickly & easily, and remain calm in changing situations

Please note: to be considered for this position, candidates must meet a minimum of 80% of these qualifications.

  • BA/BS or equivalent combination of education & work experience in design engineering, engineering, product design, industrial design, or mechanical design
  • 3+ years’ professional experience in a similar role
  • Fluid in SolidWorks CADD software; familiarity with Bluebeam & AutoCAD software
  • Solid understanding of different construction & manufacturing methods; especially metals fabrication, machining, & woodworking
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the qualities of various materials; especially metals
  • In-depth knowledge of physics, engineering, and mathematics
  • Thorough understanding of AE’s products/industry and the requirements/needs of our intended users
  • Strong aptitude for creating detailed blueprints & instructions; good sketching & concept generation skills
  • Ability to devise multiple solutions to problems that satisfy needs for simplicity, elegance, and budget
  • Accurate & precise attention to detail
  • Excellent time management, organization, & independent judgement skills
  • Excellent communication skills in both verbal & written English
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Operating Systems & MS Office applications
  • Ability to work in our offices in Bellingham, Washington; there is no option to telecommute at this time


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