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Materials Engineer (fixture design) - Elgin, IL 1

Title: Fixture Designer/Applications Engineer

Location:  Elgin, IL

The Fixture Engineer will focus on the development of design solutions for components, assemblies and systems and on the fixtures for all applications (cleaning, handling, coating, stripping and pre- as well as post-treatment). The Fixture Engineer will also develop fixture concepts and functional specifications and provide support to the Precision Components team and their projects. The Fixture Engineer will report to ASC (Application Support Center) Manager.


  • Create sketches, 3D models and technical drawings as manufacturing documents (drawings, parts lists, tests and assembly instructions) according to Balzers Global standards
  • Accomplish sub-projects and basic experiments for fixture technologies and production appliances
  • Calculation (FEM) and design of components and assemblies as well as the accomplishment of FMEA analyses Creation of test and assembly instructions
  • Find, evaluate, establish, maintain and develop suppliers for fixtures by the following procurement guideline for fixtures
  • Assist the internal organization and stakeholders by failure analysis, troubleshooting, quality control, implementation of new fixtures, and customer specific designs.
  • Cooperate closely with BEFI/BTS and Global Fixture Network
  • Record and schedule the fixtures tasks in consultation with BEFI/BTS

We expect

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer or Mechanical Designer
  • Strong knowledge of 3D-CAD and experience (preferred Autodesk Inventor)
  • 2-4 years experiences in designing precise mechanical constructions
  • Good MS Office and general computer skills (Windchill, Sharepoint and Navision are a plus)
  • Innovative, structured, enthusiastic personality with an independent and goal-oriented way of working
  • Willingness to travel worldwide

We offer

A great Benefits package including tuition reimbursement and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - then you should send us your application.

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments). *CA

Oerlikon Balzers develops processes and systems for the coating of tools, components and decorative plastic elements. Comprising 106 locations in 34 countries, Balzers global network of coating centers is daily dedicated to further improving component performance and tooling productivity through coating technology. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!

We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - please send us your application!

Statement of Equal Opportunity: Oerlikon Balzers is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The company also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please notify a Human Resources Representative.