Cost Estimation Engineer - Injection Molding

Chicago, IL /
Operations – Manufacturing /
Full Time
We believe manufacturing is important not only for what it makes, but for what it makes possible for the world. Manufacturers have an important job to do, and it’s our job to provide them with the technology and expertise they need through the entire production process, from discovery and design to manufacturing and fulfillment.

We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer / Cost Engineer to join the Fast Radius team. This individual will work closely with both sales and operations to ensure an accurate estimating of injection molding (tooling and parts).  This role will be the conduit between our sales team and our supplier network by helping facilitate quotes to our customers as quickly as possible. Additionally, this role will work closely with the product development and software engineering team to help further fine-tune our software platform.

About the Job:

    • Provide the sales team with quick-turn manufacturing cost estimates that will be submitted as formal quotes to customers
    • Analyze drawings, CAD data, parts lists and other technical specifications to determine scope of work, accurate manufacturing cost with leadtime minimums
    • Advise on the manufacturability / material selection / manufacturing method for all conventional manufacturing projects (CNC, Injection Molding, sheet metal)
    • Troubleshoot in process manufacturing and design issues with Fast Radius, customer and supplier quality representatives
    • Provide DFM feedback to improve overall ease of production and reduce overall costs
    • Support transactional and enterprise sales with engineering services such as CAD modeling, reverse engineering, and customer engagement sessions
    • Lead the development and iteration of costing models for primarily injection molding projects based on your fabrication expertise and understanding of cost drivers. Secondary focus on CNC, and other manufacturing processes.
    • Circulate estimates to appropriate parties through internal system
    • Host estimating training sessions to help lead and coach others in the estimation process

About you:

    • A degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited university
    • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated success in a similar position
    • Expert level understanding injection mold tooling including hands on experience
    • 10 years experience working in a manufacturing environment / tooling shop
    • Demonstrated experience in plastic injection mold tooling development, CAD layout, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
    • Subject matter expert with CAM software
    • Must have a “can-do” attitude with a desire to quickly turn around quotes
    • Understanding of MRP fundamentals is preferred and implementation of new MRP systems
    • Strong analytical skills and the ability to solve problems under pressure
    • Highly effective computer skills, with demonstrated knowledge of ERP systems
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment and communicating with oversea suppliers and internal sales teams
    • Currently living in Chicago or have the desire to move to Chicago (no relocation assistance) 
    • Prior experience developing auto-quoting methodologies and algorithms
    • Background and knowledge of ISO methodologies
Every day you can expect to work in an inclusive environment that makes excellence possible, where great work and ideas matter more than seniority. We believe in experimenting fearlessly and learning from our failures—quickly. Our leaders have grown successful companies before, and they understand that businesses thrive when capable people have the freedom to solve problems without constraints.

We want you to come to work happy, healthy, and balanced so you can expect excellent benefits:

- Competitive compensation and bonus structure
- Comprehensive health care including dental and vision
- Generous vacation policy as well as a 401K plan 

Fast Radius is proud to be an equal opportunity employer because diverse perspectives make for better products, better processes, and a better company. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, Veteran status, or other protected status.