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Created by HEAT ©2017

lead mechanical engineer

Job Description

Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Technologies (HEAT), headquartered in Knoxville, TN, is searching for an experienced Mechanical Engineer with at least 5 years of experience. HEAT is a cutting-edge environmental company using a one-of-a-kind NASA spinoff technology to detect and measure on-road vehicle emissions. Imagine a Silicon Valley type technology company but actually in East Tennessee. HEAT has made an impact worldwide with this groundbreaking remote sensing device and is building a software team to meet the demands of a growing client base.

Our preferred candidate should be a born leader, creative, and have an eagerness to work with an exciting technology in a small company atmosphere. They should be very comfortable with leading a team while managing a project and should be able to work in a fast-paced environment to meet tight deadlines. The ideal candidate must be able to wear many different hats and be able to contribute to a range of projects. This job does require over 40% travel both within North America and Europe to perform the emissions testing equipment setup and project management.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Evaluates mechanical systems and products by designing and conducting research programs; applying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, heat transfer, and materials.

  • Confirms system and product capabilities by designing feasibility and testing methods; testing properties.

  • Develops manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment for fabricating, building, assembling, and installing components.

  • Assures system and product quality by designing testing methods; testing finished- product and system capabilities; confirming fabrication, assembly, and installation processes.

  • Prepares product reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

  • Provides engineering information by answering questions and requests as well as running calculations.

  • Maintains product and company reputation by complying with government regulations.

  • Keeps equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services; following manufacturer's instructions and established procedures; requesting special services.

  • Maintains system and product database by writing computer programs and entering data.

  • Completes projects by training and guiding technicians.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

  • Exhibit and practice professional and courteous behavior while interacting with both internal and external customers.

  • Interact within a cooperative environment through beneficial behaviors, commitment to common goals, contribution to problem-solving, communication of ideas and suggestions, and encouragement to other employees and departments.

  • Accountable for the accuracy and completeness of assigned tasks

  • Able to adhere to a work schedule including prompt and regular attendance

  • Able to lift 50 pounds occasionally

  • Able to pull and maneuver a small trailer (i.e. a boat trailer or small u-haul trailer)

  • Lead a team of technicians and engineers in the field

  • Familiarity with project management

  • Able to think quickly and make smart decisions

Job Requirements:

  • Education: Minimum, 5 years experience with a degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience with 3D CAD modeling software (Solidworks proficient)

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Detail oriented, highly organized, able to document work

  • Must be a willing to Travel over 40% of the time

  • Must be a willing to lead and oversee projects with great detail


  • Position begins as a contractor and moves into an employee role after 6 months

  • Being able to contribute to and advance with a rapidly growing company

  • Working with a one-of-a-kind advanced technology that is in high demand worldwide

  • Small business atmosphere

  • Rewarding work that helps the environment

  • Ability to work with highly skilled and renowned engineers and scientists

  • Be involved in creative and innovative projects