AFA Mechanical Engineer I
Novi, MI 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
AFA Mechanical Engineer I
Job Location US-MI-NOVI
# of Openings 2
Shift 1st Shift
Company Division AFA

Daifuku America Corporation is a leader in optimizing, integrating, automating, and managing the logistical flow of material goods in the automotive automation/material handling systems. We focus on Design, Manufacturing, Installation and Support. Daifuku America Corporation has been a trusted partner to some of the world's largest and fastest-growing companies, showing them how to use their space more efficiently to deliver improved productivity.

The company is currently seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer I.

Daifuku America Corporation promotes and supports both individual and team success by providing opportunities to expand your skills and build on your capabilities. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a culturally rich workforce and proud of our diversity in background, experience and origin. Safety is part of our core values, we stress the importance to our employees by enforcing 5S and daily safety audits.

Daifuku Benefits

    Medical: Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Vision: Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dental: Delta Dental
  • FSA/ HSA
  • Company provided life and disability plans
  • 401K: Fidelity
  • 7 Paid sick days (prorated according to start date)
  • 10 paid vacation days (prorated according to start date)
  • 10 paid holidays.
  • Yearly performance bonuses.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to; Designing, developing, and detailing mechanical components, equipment, and machinery. Applying knowledge of engineering principles to design products including involvement in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical products.

Applications Engineering - Estimation of main line materials handling systems (body weld, paint & assembly) for automotive manufacturing lines. The materials handling systems include Electrified Monorail System (EMS), Power & Free conveyors (P&F), Friction conveyors (FDS), Skillet conveyors (Platform), slat chain conveyors, vertical lifts and part carriers. Performs engineering studies to develop reliable and optimum material handling systems based on engineering practice or customer requirements.

Other Responsibilities

  • Performs engineering assignments related to designing and detailing using a CAD system
  • Communicate with customers, vendors and departments as needed
  • Order, track and coordinate onsite materials
  • Support field modifications and commissioning
  • Design and detail mechanical conveyor components by using AutoCAD or Inventor
  • Designing of structural steel support system of Material Handling System by using AutoCAD
  • Detailing of mechanical components and structural items. This will include dimensioning, Bill of material updates, and modification to existing/standard drawings
  • Plant/Construction site field inspections
  • Interface with fabrication/manufacturing team
  • Must be able to climb ladders, scaffoldings, etc.
  • Physically capable of sitting, standing and/or walking for long periods of time
  • Perform other tasks as assignedApplications Engineering

Applications Engineering

  • Perform engineering studies to develop reliable and optimal material handling systems based on best engineering practice or customer requirements
  • Assist in design and development of new conveyor systems and equipment, and standard cost evaluations for new conveyor equipment
  • Estimate costs for mechanical and structural components of material handling installation costs
  • Assist sales or technical service with the complete bid proposal development
  • Interface with customer engineers when gathering system requirements, than translate the requirement to functional technical specifications
  • Investigate/provide lowest cost material handling alternatives which meet customer requirements (VA/VE)
  • Make technical presentations of material handling solutions to customer engineers
  • Assist in supplier assessment and business sourcing
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD required.
  • 3-D CAD software, Inventor or similar is desired.
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems (motors/chains), structural materials (steel beams/channels/angles), Steel machining/welding practices desired
  • Demonstrated PC skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Drafting concepts and fabrication practices
  • Works precisely and pays close attention to details
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures in material handling and steel design
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good mechanical aptitude and knowledge
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Work in an open office environment
  • Must be self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment
  • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.
  • Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Must be available to work weekends, nights, overtime, and holidays, as needed

Applications Engineering

  • Visit customer sites for pre-bid and proposal development
  • Overtime required when due date for quote has been met
  • Must have experience in system design and implementation in an industrial or manufacturing environment. Automotive manufacturing strongly preferred
  • Strong skills and experience in estimating total costs for mechanical and structural components of material handling systems. Experience in bid proposals a plus
  • Must be able to perform engineering studies to develop reliable and optimum systems based on our automotive customers requirements
  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD (2012 or higher), Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and MS project.
  • Experience with automotive customer specifications
  • Experience communicating regular status to clients, superiors, and peers
  • Basic experience writing hardware specifications
  • Ability to provide immediate supervision to employees, assigning tasks, scheduling shifts, and checking at frequent intervals
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods and procedures
  • Knowledge of quality and inspection requirements, manufacturing processes, and measurement techniques.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering preferred
  • 0-2 years experience in mechanical engineering & designing

Daifuku offers an excellent compensation package including great benefits such as excellent medical, vision, and dental insurance, paid vacation time, paid sick time, and paid holidays, 401K, Flexible Spending Programs, and more.

Daifuku is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status or medical condition.

If you'd like to view a copy of the company's affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email

If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please e-mail

Daifuku America Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and federal sub/contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or medical condition.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
0 to 2 years
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