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Vista Outdoor Mechanical Engineer - Giro in Scotts Valley, California

Job Description

Founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1985, Giro Sport Design relentlessly develops new ideas to enhance the Ride. From the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snowsports, to apparel that reimagines what sportswear can be, Giro maintains a strong focus on creating products to enhance the feeling of freedom and independence at the core of a rider’s experience. As a leader in the design, fit and engineering of products that complement the body, Giro is the first choice of riders worldwide. Giro remains committed to serving enthusiasts with innovative performance products, driven by the knowledge that riding is the greatest part of a great life. As long as riders keep striving for better, Giro will keep making the gear that gets them there.

At Giro we believe that everything deserves design including Mechanical Engineering. This position will focus on engineering design and production for Giro Helmet organization. The ideal candidate will be someone that loves to the ride whether it be bike or snow and has the ability to filter these inspirations and passions through the Giro design language to engineer and produce innovate products that continue to amaze our customers. You will be responsible for designing and developing individual products and complete product lines of moderate to extreme levels of difficulty, complexity or breadth of scope or for which few precedents exist through the use of shape, accent details, ergonomics and other design techniques in collaboration with other cross-functional team members.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for the mechanical design of new products working in conjunction with the development team to combine function and aesthetics into market leading products

  • Strong teamwork with Marketing to conceptualize new product ideas based on competitive and market needs

  • Create, prepare and evaluate functional prototypes to verify design intent through virtual or physical methods

  • Heavy CAD workload throughout development cycle to flesh out ideas and to execute the final design from conception to Manufacturing.

  • Create and maintain design documentation such as engineering drawings, product and material specifications, bill of materials, etc. to assure quality in product designs

  • Conduct cost analysis on new product designs

  • Take ownership of project schedule, prototyping, costs analysis and quoting under guidance of manager

  • Evaluate designs relative to applicable safety standards

  • Work with Manufacturing Engineers and Operations group to improve cost and ease of manufacturing

  • Acknowledge that your work affects the quality level of the final product

  • Consistently meet or beat assigned deliverables and project schedule dates.

  • Direct the efforts of inside and outside resources to create drawings, models and prototypes

  • Keep informed of the latest developments in the field by reading trade journals, individual contacts and attendance at appropriate meetings and/or trade shows

  • Direct the efforts of Engineering Technicians to assist within the product development process

  • Holds “specialist” role for the R&D group in at least one domain

  • Take on minor and major level projects outside of day to day product design

  • Provide mentorship to Junior Engineers and Interns

Education & Training:

  • 4-year degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) or equivalent work experience

  • At least 3+ years prior experience as a Mechanical Design Engineer

  • CAD experience required, preferably proficient in Solidworks and Rhino

  • Computer experience/knowledge of Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).

  • Experience with manufacturing techniques including injection molding, composites and vacuum forming

  • Experienced and competent with basic model shop tools and procedures


  • Fostering Partnerships - Building partnerships with internal customers

  • Promoting Teamwork - Utilizing the power of the team over individual contributions; Appreciating the Mechanical Engineering / Industrial Design development relationship

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

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