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New Product Development Mechanical Engineer III

At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.  Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers.


Job Description:

The New Product Development Mechanical Engineer III designs and develops innovative mechanical and electro-mechanical product components or sub-systems for industrial and commercial mobile cleaning equipment.  This position works as part of cross-functional development team to create designs that meet requirements for performance, product cost, and the project schedule.

The New Product Development Mechanical Engineer III is a Senior Engineering Position within the Tennant Mechanical Engineering Center of Excellence.  This is an On-Site position working in the Tennant Innovation Center.


Additionally, this role: 

  • Perform as the Technical Lead for critical Sub-Systems design/development.
  • Applies principles of engineering and science to achieve product designs at the subsystems level that deliver lasting competitive advantage.
  • Creates new concepts to achieve functions of assigned mechanical and electro-mechanical subsystems.
  • Establishes subsystem performance specifications and plans for evolution of these specifications over time.
  • Prepares preliminary layouts, models, sketches and/or schematic diagrams to aid in the understanding and solution of engineering problems.
  • Determines nature and type of electronic models, detail drawings, and analysis required for assigned subsystems and supervises their completion through the development cycle.
  • Executes research/development activities to establish and achieve technical evolution of assigned systems.
  • Identifies and investigates technology developments relevant to assigned subsystems.
  • Leads and mentors junior engineers and designers throughout the development cycle. 
  • Leverages laboratory and field test data to understand and manage design trade-offs.
  • Collaborates closely with other subsystems teams and machine teams to achieve subsystem and machine program goals.
  • Creates design changes, specifications, and drawing releases.  
  • Prepares product designs in compliance with engineering principles, company standards, government regulations, and customer requirements.
  • Establishes subsystem development plans and schedules from concept to production implementation within overall business requirements.  Tracks and reports progress to system leads and engineering management.
  • Works with internal and external suppliers to develop subsystem designs that achieve performance and cost targets.
  • Leads and participates in formal/informal design reviews.
  • Plans and executes prototype builds at the subsystem level.
  • Supports prototype builds at the machine level.
  • Plans and supports subsystem verification and validation testing.
  • Supports production implementation of assigned subsystems.
  • Documents subsystems design knowledge to ensure future value to the organization.
  • Creates engineering standards relevant to assigned subsystems.   

Why Tennant Company? 

Guided by the value of Stewardship, we are committed to leaving something in better condition than when we found it. That includes people.  It might even include you! Tennant offers competitive salaries with an excellent benefits package along with an environment where personal growth is encouraged.  Opportunities with Tennant Company are posted online at  Interested in this opportunity?  It only takes a few minutes to apply online! 

Required Skills:

  • Creative / innovative problem solving.
  • Self-starter, able to successfully manage design tasks with limited initial specifications.
  • Broad technical knowledge in the design and development of mechanical and electromechanical systems.
  • Data based decision making / statistical analysis.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to model and predict system performance based on engineering principles.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information to a variety of internal and external groups.
  • Proficiency in CAD required (Solidworks preferred)
  • Ability to develop engineering standards.
  • Proficient in GD&T, tolerance analysis and FMEA.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum BS in Engineering or equivalent from an ABET accredited four-year college or university.
  • Six to ten years of Mechanical Engineering experience, with project leadership experience preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • Six Sigma experience.
  • Experience in the concept and design of Human Interface/Operator Environments.
  • Knowledge of Ergonomics and related standards and ability to apply them to designs.
  • Experience working with an Industrial Design Team.
  • Experience working with SAP.
  • Experience with SAP ECTR.
  • Excellent hands-on skills.



Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans. 


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Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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