Project Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512885-790192
    • Job Location: Des Moines, IA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 11, 2022
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: September 16, 2021
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Job Description:


Responsible for the design and development of medical device products. Partner with internal personnel to transfer product concepts and specifications into Katecho documentation. Support the development of new product lines and expanding existing product lines. Support Katecho personnel on design projects from initial planning stages to product release.


  1. Designs, develops, and improves new or existing products. Responsible for the building and testing of prototypes to complete assigned engineering projects in accordance with customer specifications and within scheduling and budget limitations.
    1. Coordinate with internal departments and functions to ensure a producible design.
    2. Work on continuous improvement in the areas of product design and manufacturing methods.
    3. Responds to Production needs by proposing & initiating changes to products, labeling, packaging, fixtures, etc.
    4. Provide Production assistance with print interpretation & provide assistance in Production Line Down calls; Deviation & MRB cause & solutions.
  2. Under the direction of the Director of Engineering, will ensure necessary engineering documentation with correct specifications is provided in a timely manner for all components, assemblies, finished products and design projects.
    1. Creates and organizes prints, item cards, bills of material, ECO’s.
    2. Generates all necessary documentation for product changes (internal or customer- requested), including ECO’s, Deviations, prints, etc. Verifies work-in-process affected by changes.
    3. Prepares assembly, and detail drawings for released or improved products, labels and packaging.
    4. Enters changes and maintains necessary data into ERP system.
    5. Works on new designs and improvements to existing designs in a continuing effort to meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the industry.
  3. Work with the Director of Engineering on directing the quoting for products of Katecho. Develops strategies for pricing products in continuing efforts to meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the industry.
    1. Ensures Katecho’s products are priced to accurately reflect raw material costs, labor costs, and overhead.
    2. Support product manufacturing by supplying alternate sourcing advice including vendor or component analysis, alternate manufacturing process deviations, and cost improvement design changes.


  1. Assists in the follow-up of prototype construction with outside vendors.
  2. Other duties and functions may be assigned as required.


  1. Generates and releases ECO’s to affect new and existing products.
  2. Creates new and modifies existing prints.
  3. Enters information into the ERP system.
  4. Assists and creates samples for prototyping needs.
  5. Request necessary supplies and resources to adequately complete the responsibilities listed above.
  6. Must complete a Non-Compete Agreement and Patent Agreement.

Experience and Skills:


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field; or equivalent experience
  2. 0-3 yrs’ experience
  3. Ability to lead and influence others by example in the areas of attitude, work quality, work ethic, dependability, and company loyalty.
  4. Ability to understand finished design drawings produced by the design concept team including layouts and tolerance valuations for detail product drawings.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and operate a computer. The employee must be able to communicate with speech and hearing. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision.


Office environment with business casual dress. May require business attire. Some travel may be required.


  • PTO awarded immediately.
  • 7 paid holidays, including New Year, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
  • Full benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD & Life options available.
  • 401k plan w/ 25% unlimited match, vested in 3 years.