Careers

People are what make us strong.

We are always interested in talking to talented out-of-the-box thinkers who want to make a difference. If you're passionate about design, a keen observer of consumers and markets and motivated by the exchange of ideas and the energy of working with a dynamic team, we want to hear from you.

Current Openings

Company:
Design Central
Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Design Central is seeking a Senior Designer in VC/UX to join our team of 30+ in Columbus, Ohio. As one of the country’s leading resources for innovation, we have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to grow professionally within our offering of VC/UX team

If you are passionate about generating creative design across a wide range of progressive clients both individually and within a team dynamic, this position is for you. The key role encompasses developing design solutions, teaming with and mentoring other members, and coordinating with clients through positive work dynamics.

The ideal individual will have a proven track record of visualizing complexity in simple, informative and engaging ways, and enjoy partnering with internal team members and clients alike. The role will also include working with Design Central’s management and the new business team to grow our VC/UX team offerings as well as implementing a range of both internal and external initiatives.

Responsibilities

Generating design solutions, managing design projects, coordinating clients, collaborating with team members, research visualization, data visualization, motion graphics, product graphics, information graphics, GUI development, icon development.

Desired Attributes
  • 5+ years experience in VC/UX or similar areas with examples of work that demonstrates an affinity with the needs of this role.
  • A deep desire for teaming and collaborating with others, merging ideas and a genuine personality that balances humility with highly professional solutions.
  • The ability to organize, plan, lead by example and multi-task.
  • The strength of persuasive communications with the ability to articulate clearly with team members and clients.
  • A bachelors degree or higher in a related field.
Long-term success will build on:
  • Professional skills for leading and guiding others, and helping them to grow with the team.
  • Ability to expand business through partnering with our business development team.
  • Strength in spoken and written communication through proposal writing and generating web and blog content.
  • Interest in building the organization’s success and an entrepreneurial passion.

Design Central is growing nationally and globally. We partner with some of the most innovative organizations around the world that are looking to uncover opportunities for the future and the capabilities to bring them to life in the market. Our diversity of expertise and knowledge creates the highly creative and professional environment that we and our clients thrive on to produce innovation strategies and products, services and UX solutions.

Frequently ranked as one of the youngest, most progressive, growing communities in the nation, Columbus is blossoming and growing with a multi-cultural composition, great food, activities, and diverse professions. Our location gives us proximity to many locales from the Midwest to the East Coast that provides easy access and an influx of energy.

Send resumes and samples to info@designcentral.com

Company:
Design Central
Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Company Summary

As a design and innovation consultancy, Design Central empowers companies worldwide to get their products to market faster, easier, and on target. For more than 29 years, Design Central has partnered with clients like Procter & Gamble, General Electric, and Crown Equipment to launch award-winning products in every category from consumer goods to industrial equipment. With industry experts in every discipline of the product development process, our clients are supported with the very best in innovation strategy, design research, product design, UXD (user experience design), engineering, and prototyping. 

Position Summary

Senior Mechanical Engineer is a highly skilled, results-driven product development professional with extensive experience in quality control, supplier management and new product development; leading the mechanical design of our products.  Working with minimal to no supervision, making decisions based on an extensive background of sound engineering principles you will lead projects through all phases.  Desired skills include a proven ability to develop innovative products within timelines and cost targets, collaborate with our internal team as well as clients and facilitate company growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Solid modeling using SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer
  • Design and engineering of products consisting of complex assemblies with technologies including injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, metal fabrication, casting, extrusion and more
  • Hands-on mechanical and electromechanical breadboard development and building for proof of concept
  • Coordination of testing to verify product performance
  • Direct the efforts of other engineers and team members to assure successful project completion
  • Process improvement initiatives to eliminate defects and waste
  • Regulatory navigation, guidance and experience 
  • Development and maintenance of engineering database use for ECN’s, sample approvals, product improvements and more
  • Supplier interaction to develop processes and technologies
  • Materials and process sourcing 
  • Development of assembly methods for new and existing products
  • Documentation of assembly methods for new products
  • Drawing review and approval for prototype and production release
  • Quality-driven process documentation including Product Specification, Test Plan and FMEA
  • First article review and approval of components for manufacturing approval
Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
  • BS Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 5+ years of industry experience
  • Product development, including heavy focus in full development cycle from research through engineering
  • Electromechanical component and assembly design
  • Preparation of proposals that outline scope of supply, time and cost estimates, assumptions and more
  • Project management that includes tracking to time and cost targets as well as client management
  • Proven ability to solve problems independently and manage the workload of multiple projects and tasks
Language Skills

Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to communicate clearly and effectively with employees at all levels of an organization. 

Mathematical Skills

Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required under degree requirements.  Higher skills may be required depending on actual job duties.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or verbal form.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

None

Computer Skills
  • Proficient SolidWorks and/or Pro/Engineer 3D modeling capabilities
  • Preferred surfacing, FEA, PDM, Kinematics, top down assembly methodology
  • MS Office Suite, including the use of Access
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.

This position requires the incumbent to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl occasionally and regularly requires walking, sitting, talking, and using hands to finger, handle or feel.  The employee may occasionally lift, unassisted, up to 25 pounds. The employee will be required to use a computer for extended periods of time and talk on the phone. Travel is anticipated to be very infrequent.

Specific vision abilities required by this job are close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

To Apply

Email your resume, portfolio and cover letter to info@designcentral.com with “SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER” in the subject line. Phone calls are not permitted and will not be accepted.

Company:
Design Central
Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Company Summary

As a design and innovation consultancy, Design Central empowers companies worldwide to get their products to market faster, easier, and on target. For more than 29 years, Design Central has partnered with clients like Procter & Gamble, General Electric, and Crown Equipment to launch award-winning products in every category from consumer goods to industrial equipment. With industry experts in every discipline of the product development process, our clients are supported with the very best in innovation strategy, design research, product design, UXD (user experience design), engineering, and prototyping. 

Position Summary

Mechanical Engineer is a seasoned product development professional with experience in new product development of consumer goods and will continue their experience with market-leading clients.  Working with minimal supervision, you will make decisions based on a knowledge of developing similar products.  Desired skills include a proven ability to develop innovative products within timelines and cost targets, collaborate with our internal team as well as clients and facilitate company growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Solid modeling using Solidworks and ProE
  • Design and engineering of products consisting of complex assemblies with technologies including injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, metal fabrication, casting, extrusion and more
  • Hands-on mechanical and electromechanical breadboard development and building for proof of concept
  • Coordination of testing to verify product performance
  • Supplier interaction to develop processes and technologies
  • Material and process sourcing 
  • Development of assembly methods for new and existing products
  • Documentation of assembly methods for new products
  • Quality-driven process documentation including Product Specification, Test Plan and FMEA
  • First article review and approval of components for manufacturing approval
Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
  • BS Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 2-5 years of industry experience
  • Product development
  • Electromechanical component and assembly design
  • Hands-on building and familiarity with general prototype principles and processes
  • Proven ability to solve problems independently and manage the workload of multiple projects and tasks
Language Skills

Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to communicate clearly and effectively with employees at all levels of an organization. 

Mathematical Skills

Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required under degree requirements.  Higher skills may be required depending on actual job duties.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or verbal form.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

None

Computer Skills
  • Proficient SolidWorks and/or Pro/Engineer 3D modeling capabilities
  • Preferred surfacing, FEA, PDM, Kinematics, top down assembly methodology
  • MS Office Suite, including the use of Access
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.

This position requires the incumbent to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl occasionally and regularly requires walking, sitting, talking and using hands to finger, handle or feel.  The employee may occasionally lift, unassisted, up to 25 pounds. The employee will be required to use a computer for extended periods of time and talk on the phone. Travel is anticipated to be very infrequent.

Specific vision abilities required by this job are close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

To Apply

Email your resume, portfolio and cover letter to info@designcentral.com with “MECHANICAL ENGINEER” in the subject line. Phone calls are not permitted and will not be accepted.

Company:
Design Central
Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Company Summary

As a design and innovation consultancy, Design Central empowers companies worldwide to get their products to market faster, easier, and on target. For more than 29 years, Design Central has partnered with clients like Procter & Gamble, General Electric, and Crown Equipment to launch award-winning products in every category from consumer goods to industrial equipment. With industry experts in every discipline of the product development process, our clients are supported with the very best in innovation strategy, design research, product design, UXD (user experience design), engineering, and prototyping. 

Position Summary

Mechanical Designer will be developing a wide variety of innovative products along with a collaborative team that includes research, industrial design alongside our market-leading clients. Within a very creative company, you will see products through and including solid model CAD development, prototyping, testing and production under the direction of senior engineers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to the following:

  •  Solid modeling using Solidworks and ProE
  •  Design and engineering of components including injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, metal fabrication, casting, extrusion and more
  •  Hands-on mechanical and electromechanical breadboard development and building for proof of concept
  •  Supplier interaction to develop processes and technologies
  •  Materials and process sourcing
  •  Development of assembly methods for new and existing products
  •  Documentation of assembly methods for new products
  •  Quality-driven process documentation including Product Specification, Test Plan and FMEA
  •  First article review and approval of components for manufacturing approval
Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
  •  BS Mechanical Engineering, related field or equivalent experience
  •  Electromechanical component and assembly familiarity
  •  Hand’s on building and familiarity with shop tools and equipment
  •  Proven ability to solve problems independently and manage the workload of multiple projects and tasks
Language Skills

Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to communicate clearly and effectively with employees at all levels of an organization.

Mathematical Skills

Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required under degree requirements. Higher skills may be required depending on actual job duties.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or verbal form.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

None

Computer Skills

MS Office Suite

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.

This position requires the incumbent to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl occasionally and regularly requires walking, sitting, talking, and using hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee may occasionally lift, unassisted, up to 25 pounds. The employee will be required to use a computer for extended periods of time and talk on the phone. Travel is anticipated to be very infrequent.

Specific vision abilities required by this job are close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

To Apply

Email your resume, portfolio and cover letter to info@designcentral.com with “MECHANICAL DESIGNER” in the subject line. Phone calls are not permitted and will not be accepted.

Company:
Design Central
Program Purpose and Goals:

The internship program at Design Central is intended to expose students to the professional design and product development environment and help them understand how to apply what they learn in the educational environment into practical application. The goal is for the student to understand the integration of their education and professional expectations.

Participation Criteria:

Candidates for the program must be students enrolled in a degree-granting program in one of the following disciplines:  industrial design, mechanical engineering, visual communications, interface, ethnographic research, user experience or a like field of study.

Intern candidates are evaluated based on their portfolio, presentation skills, written skills, previous experience, scheduling availability and ability to work as an effective team member. Most program participants have junior or senior level status, as they possess the basic understanding of the profession and tend to benefit more from daily activities within the professional environment.

Students in the Intern Program may be part of a formal college cooperative education or internship program that grants academic credit for participation or a less formal program purely for experience without credit. In all cases students must have the approval of their school, college or university in order to participate.  Students need to provide Design Central with co-op/internship forms from their school or a letter from their department granting approval and indicating whether or not the student will receive academic credit for their participation.

Program Hours and Activities:

Interns are requested to work a 40-hour week if schedules allow. As education is the main focus, any classes the student is enrolled in while at Design Central will be considered and worked into the intern’s schedule if possible. The activities in which each intern participates will be based on the experience level and capabilities of that particular student, but every attempt is made to involve the student in as many types of activities as possible so that they may experience the profession as an active participant, not just an observer.

The roles and responsibilities of interns are first to observe and then to apply the knowledge they have gained to both their assignments at Design Central and their studies. Some activities include brainstorming, ideation, concept development, observational research, sketching, rendering, computer modeling, shop modeling, preparing presentation materials, project documentation and participating in team and client meetings. Other key responsibilities of the interns are to assist the design and administrative staff in daily routine procedures including documenting research, video editing, meeting reports, sourcing materials and components, production of client presentations, general organization of source materials, 3D shop activities, testing and validation or other key roles assisting the staff.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and portfolio in pdf format to careers@designcentral.com.

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