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Principal Mechanical Engineer

Date: Jan 5, 2018

Location: Northridge, CA, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 103183 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​:  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop complex mechanical systems, components and assemblies for loudspeaker cabinets, transducers, rigging, suspension, brackets and fixtures among others.
  • Work closely with systems and transducer engineering teams to define and develop key mechanical assemblies, requirements and specifications.
  • Work closely with Harman and partner manufacturing facilities to transition and support the manufacture of loudspeaker systems, components, transducers, electronics and subassemblies.
  • Communicate, interact and leverage technology partners.
  • Discover and propose new ideas and technologies to the engineering and marketing teams
  • Research design options and perform experiments to determine potential design feasibility or application.
  • Construct prototypes, evaluate and document their performance, identify improvements
  • Explore new and existing materials and methods to solve design and/or cost challenges
  • Perform structural and thermal analyses of components and assemblies using finite element analysis software
  • Create and implement suitable tests to verify designs meet mechanical requirements including applicable international safety regulatory aspects
  • Collaborate with vendors to prototype mechanical components and assemblies
  • Create engineering models, drawings, test plans, and technical reports
  • Responsible for design/development activities which may include leading, participating in, coordinating or supporting:
    • Concept, planning, design and execution stages
    • Risk assessment
    • Prototyping/testing
    • Design reviews
    • Verification & Validation
  • Serve as a technical leader for major product development projects or multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Prepare technical reports.
  • Assist in the creation and release of Product Requirements, Design Specifications, and Design Descriptions for assigned designs, applicable standards and procedures. Responsible for recording and sharing technical knowledge gained with colleagues.
  • Review technical documentation for accuracy.
  • Evaluate product non-conformances and recommend design modifications.
  • Mentor other engineers and technicians.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology or equivalent technical degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 10+ years related engineering experience
  • Full proficiency in SolidWorks
  • Thorough understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering principles
  • Hands-on experience with mechanical assemblies utilizing rapid-prototyping methods and equipment
  • High degree of comfort with ambiguity in early-phase project investigation
  • Proficiency in the use of analytical tools such as finite element analysis methods, and other modeling and simulation tools for the design of mechanical structures
  • Knowledge of thermoplastic materials, injection molding and specifications
  • Background in design of injection molded, die cast, CNC, compression molded, stamped, forged, welded, machined parts and assemblies and their associated manufacturing processes
  • Experience estimating effort to reach phase milestones and coordinating team activities with project management to meet schedules and goals
  • Is a self-starter, can manage multiple tasks, and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet)
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in a matrixed environment.
  • Work in a collaborative multi disciplined team environment


Desired Characteristics:


  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering design experience with CAD modeling and simulation tools and techniques
  • Proficiency with FEA, FMEA, thermal simulation, stress analysis, dynamic analysis and other advanced mechanical engineering modeling practices.
  • Experience designing components for injection molding, die casting, woodworking, sheet metal, stamping, CNC machining, compression molding, hot/cold forging, etc.
  • Structural engineering knowledge for rigging and suspension system design
  • Advanced knowledge, skills and working experience in SolidWorks including surfacing of complex geometries.
  • Outgoing personality with a strong desire to provide mentorship within the organization



Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to work in an office in Northridge, CA
  • Willingness to travel to other Harman locations in the US and internationally
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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