United Technologies Corporation Design Engineer in Mebane, North Carolina

Job ID: 51069BR

City: Mebane

State: North Carolina

Country: United States

Category: Engineering: Design Engrg

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UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

The Fire Safety Solutions group at UTC Climate, Controls & Security is dedicated to providing product and technology designed to protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards. As the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products, the Fire Safety Solutions group meets the safety needs of homes and businesses by providing fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, mechanical locking systems, fire alarm control panels, gas and flame detection, fire suppression systems and mass notification solutions. Notable brands within the group are Kidde, Firex, Badger, Vigilant, Fenwal, Det-Tronics, Fireye and Edwards.

Job Summary

  • Under the guidance of the Engineering Suppression Leader, the Design Engineer delivers a best practice commercially focused product engineering service to WKPE and as appropriate, other UTC operating companies within the Fire Protection Systems (FPS), USA region

Key Relationships

  • Key relationships internally include strong working relationships with employees at all levels across the Fire businesses including quality, engineering, supply chain manufacturing, customer service and product management

  • External third party relationships with outsourced suppliers, certification authorities, customers

  • Specifically the Kidde Matamoros extinguisher factory based in Mexico

Major Job Functions

  • Design engineer for fire suppression and security products

  • New product development, value engineering/cost savings, improved engineering and /or better performance of existing products and sustaining activities to help WKPE maintain strong market position

  • Strong new ideas development, project budgeting, project planning, development and implementation of robust test plans / design of experiments

  • Application of robust engineering practices e.g. DFMEA, identification of critical characteristics and similar engineering methods

  • Reporting in accordance with company ACE Engineering requirements

  • Proactive support for Kidde Matamoros fire extinguisher manufacturing site

  • Certification authorities for product standards and legislation e.g. UL/ULC

Other Key Activities

  • Assist on site quality clinics and defect reporting within set timescale

  • Assist and facilitate with process improvement workshops e.g. Kaizen events, VSM

  • Contribute to UTC ACE and EH&S goals

  • Proactively promotes continuous improvement to improve product quality

  • Will maintain own personal development and area of professional competency



  • This role requires good English and good level of interpersonal skills

  • Good engineering qualification, preferably mechanical engineering degree or equivalent level of experience

  • Experience of materials and processes related to forgings, machining, pressed components

  • Experience with plastics materials, components and manufacturing processes

  • Mind-set for “Design for manufacture”

  • Engineering CAD experience, preferably Solid works 2016

  • Strong verbal, written skills and presentation skills

  • Time served quality individual with related manufacturing experience and practices

  • Experience dealing with Product and Quality Management Systems

  • Knowledge of good engineering practices e.g. Design and Process FMEA

  • TS 16949, ISO9001, engineering standards, automotive quality standards and similar quality systems and processes

  • Experience of quality tools e.g. Six Sigma, 5S, Kaizen and similar would be beneficial

  • Competent with MS Office software

  • Understanding of statistical software

  • Familiar with root cause analysis (RRCA), FMEA and statistical analysis tools

  • A self-motivated individual focused on delivering to deadlines

  • Strong communication skills in all disciplines including written, oral, email, presentation and project management

  • Ability to work on own initiative and recognize when a specific issue needs to be escalated to a more senior level

  • Good time management, planning and organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail

  • Hands on approach, quick learner, problem solving, team member, and coordinator

  • Quickly absorbs product knowledge / proactive self-learner of fire safety and security standards

  • Capable of working independently and as part of the team

  • Flexible working approach

  • Able to regularly travel within and outside USA including travel to Kidde Matamoros facility and suppliers in China

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.