Unirac is a national leader in the solar PV structural mounting industry. We enable our customers to power the world with clean, abundant energy by creating dependable, innovative mounting solutions.

Product Development Engineer

We are seeking a product development engineer with a proven track record of success. Product development engineers at Unirac work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop products that exceed our customer requirements with a strong focus on cost-control, manufacturability, and innovation.

Product development engineers apply principles of engineering to evaluate new and existing products, utilizing state of the art tools and physical testing methods. Creativity is fostered by a product development process that includes many points of internal and external feedback to ensure that design goals are accurate, and the final products are a success. As a Senior Product Development Engineer, you will be expected to provide project and technical leadership (meeting project schedule targets and product functional, performance, and cost requirements). A Senior PD Engineer is also expected to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced engineers.

Duties and Responsibilities

New Product Design and Development:

  • Innovate, conceive, design, engineer and develop new products and/or improve existing products.
  • Calculate and design for optimized system-level costs for new products
  • Create prototypes in the conception and development of new products and document results in engineering and/or test reports
  • Investigate new technologies, tools, and processes and make recommendations for adoption as appropriate

Product Engineering:

  • Engineer products in accordance with appropriate regulatory requirements and associated standards, such as model building and electrical codes, ASCE 7, aluminum or steel design manuals, ASTM standards, etc.
  • Select appropriate materials for applications, considering strength, deflection, cost, finish, corrosion, friction, etc.
  • Engineer products considering techniques such as design for manufacturability, assembly, reliability
  • Develop product acceptance criteria and test plans.
  • Document product designs, engineering, test results and engineering changes in engineering reports

Project Management and Technical Leadership:

  • Technical leadership including identification and application of appropriate engineering analyses and methods
  • Develop and lead on-time execution of product development project plans
  • Ensure goals, schedules, cost targets, and budgets are met
  • Maintain working knowledge of customer requirements and competitor trends
  • Create presentations and present engineering designs and changes
  • Coordinate, communicate, interact and provide technical support to other functional groups in the execution of product development projects
  • Ensure goals, schedules, cost targets, and budgets are met
Skill Requirements
  • At least 5 years of experience in mechanical, structural engineering or similar /8+ preferred
  • At least 5 years new product development experience preferred
  • Engineering analysis – Structural design, strength and cost optimization, material selection, and FEA analysis
  • Proficiency in new product development processes
  • Innovative, think creatively, be hands-on and mechanically inclined
  • Ability to generate concepts and create physical, testable prototypes
  • Expert Proficiency in CAD and 3-D modeling, Inventor preferred
  • Solar PV and UL2703 code application experience and knowledge preferred
Educational Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Structural, Civil Industrial Engineering or similar required, Master of Science in Engineering preferred
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
  • Office environment, manufacturing shop, test lab, and in-field environments
  • Sitting, standing, and bending required (standing desks are provided so more or less standing can be accommodated within the office environment)
Reports To

Director of Product Development

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt

Job Type: Full-time


  • relevant: 5 years (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects


  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends