The Mechanical Engineering Manager is an integral member of the Montana Fabrication Works management team and reports to the General Manager.

The successful candidate will provide ongoing leadership for a team of engineering designers, detailers, and estimators who are responsible for designing and developing engineering solutions. In addition to overseeing the department, this individual will manage schedules and costs for multiple ongoing projects to ensure resources are appropriately allocated and goals, objectives, timelines, and budgets are met in accordance with department and organizational objectives. Furthermore, this individual will be responsible for overseeing all engineering designs, including quality, cost, performance, and schedule.

This is a team environment where we support one another. We’re looking for a hard-working professional who enjoys meeting challenges and surpassing customer expectations. If you are passionate about the work you do, take pride in doing the job well, and want a company that you can stay and grow with, then Montana Fabrication Works is for you!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of detailers, designers and estimators
  • Form and manage engineering project teams
  • Direct the integration of technical activities to ensure teams are meeting schedules, milestones, budgets, and requirements, as assigned
  • Recruit employees, assign, direct, and evaluate their work; and oversee the development and maintenance of staff skills and training
  • Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the department
  • Develop and maintain clear department objectives that align with the goals of MFW and our customers

Technical Management

  • Lead and support continuous improvement in the engineering department

  • Review and approve product design and engineering changes

  • Oversee and review the department’s preparation of bill of materials, manufacturing drawing packages, and manuals documentation

  • Provide technical information concerning equipment manufacturing techniques, materials, properties and processes, which includes electrical drive systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical, and controls devices

  • Develop equipment and system designs using 2D and 3D engineering software as required. This includes AutoCAD, and SDS2 Structural Steel Modeling

Planning and Budgeting

  • Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand to plan and organize engineering resources
  • Prepare and review engineering budgets
  • Develop, manage, maintain, and communicate the engineering projects and department schedule
  • Approve departmental expenditures, recommendations, and approval of software
  • Mentor and train personnel for the engineering department

Partnership with Project Management

  • Establish and agree on the number of project engineering hours required based on predetermined budgets as well as track budget to actual and assist with budget estimates due to changes in scope
  • Oversee submittals to customer and review responses
  • Develop and document the project breakdown structure for each project to organize engineering project teams, equipment test and shipment groups, and the project schedule

Cross-Department Collaboration

  • Interface with Sales, Production, and Service regarding system performance/production requirements, resource management, delivery, and installation planning as required
  • Organize technical communication and collaboration across Sales, Manufacturing, and Parts & Service departments
  • Collaborate with the Controls department to design new products and technologies within timeline and budget
  • Assist the Sales department in developing solutions to customer issues; provide engineering support as needed
  • Confer with management, production, and sales staff to dictate project specifications and procedures
  • Perform advanced study, preparation, and active participation in all Sales Kick-Off, Project, Scoping, and Engineering Review Meetings for all projects
  • Play vital role as part of management team focusing corporation on long term goals

Skills and Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering required
  • Minimum of five years’ hands-on engineering experience required; industrial material handling and/or packaging machinery design experience is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ progressive staff management experience in an engineering environment required
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in manufacturing environment desired
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and SDS2, Inventor or SolidWorks is required; experience with MS Project a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mechanical, structural, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, motion, and control components required
  • MFW is an AISC Certified Fabricator. Experience with AISC is a plus.
  • Proven track record of creative thinking and the application of engineering principles and solutions to technical and performance problems
  • Proven track record of being self-motivated, working with minimal supervision, and leading and partnering with diverse team members required
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities efficiently, retain a sense of urgency, and meet strict timelines required
  • Conduct oneself with the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards


  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Covid-19 Considerations

Common areas sanitized. Physical distance practiced.


Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Hands on engineering: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Engineering staff management: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Manufacturing: 5 years (Preferred)
  • AISC experience (Preferred)
  • Material handling equipment and systems (Preferred)

Job Type


Work Base

Stevensville, Montana


Some travel required to customer sites

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