Mechanical Design Engineer - University Park, IL

Duties include, but are not limited to: 
  • Design: Create mechanical systems that meet customer needs and project specs.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Develop designs that are affordable based on project goals.
  • Documentation: Maintain project records using SolidWorks PDM and IFS ERP systems.
  • Bill of Materials (BOM) & Drawings: Generate BOMs and drawings for manufacturing.
  • Systems Expertise: Design, test, and troubleshoot hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Technical Support: Assist shop floor personnel and customers with technical issues.
  • Field Support: Provide technical support, including communication and occasional site visits.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with customers, suppliers, and colleagues throughout a project.
  • Travel: May require occasional domestic and international travel for system startup and troubleshooting.
  • Quality Assurance: Investigate and address quality control reports.
  • Vendor Management: Collaborate with vendors to improve product quality and reduce costs.



  • Ability to lift to 25 lbs with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time
  • Willingness to wear PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, steel toed boots) as required




  • Office/cubicle environment
  • Shop environment including welding, overhead cranes, and fork trucks
  • Field on-track environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in structural, mechanical, and hydraulic areas of machine design
  • Railcar experience of 1 or more years a plus
  • Be aware of Lean production concepts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be committed to customer service
  • Able to work to demanding deadlines
  • Work effectively as a team member or leader
  • Ability to facilitate and make decisions
  • Proficiency in Solidworks 3D CAD 2005 or higher
  • Knowledge of FMEA, Lean practices, Six Sigma and Value Engineering
  • FEA experience is a plus
  • Self-motivated
  • Hydraulic system design/troubleshooting experience
  • Design experience in heavy machinery
  • Must maintain a valid passport and driver's license; abide by our Corporate Fleet Policy
  • Ability to complete all pre-employment testing required by Holland, L.P.
Holland LP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, citizen status, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local employment laws or regulations in every location in which the company has facilities. 

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise this job description at any time to add or remove tasks as circumstances change, (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs or technical developments). 

Wage Type: Salaried, exempt 
This role will require to sign both a non-compete and non-solicit agreement.  The candidate will be eligible for a $500 Sign-On Bonus for each form they sign, totaling $1000.  This Sign-On Bonus will be paid out on the first pay period following date of hire.
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