Staff Engineer

Location: Osceola, Iowa
Opening ID: 28949
Job Family: Engineer
Date Posted: May 15, 2023


Job Description

Why Join Altec?

If you're considering a career with Altec, Inc., there's never been a better time to join us! Our Company was founded based upon values that place the customer first, and view people as our greatest strength. Altec has continued to grow, utilizing the same basic values, and over the years, those values have helped us to earn the trust and confidence of our customers worldwide. We remain committed to total customer satisfaction in everything we do. That's why today, Altec is an innovative, financially sound company that is setting the standard of excellence in design, manufacturing and service; and that's why you can rely on us to provide you with the stability of a well managed company.

Our Company:

Altec Inc., founded in 1929, is a privately held company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Altec specializes in the manufacture, sale and service of aerial devices, digger derricks, cranes and specialty equipment for the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, construction, and light and sign maintenance industries in more than 120 countries.

At Altec, advanced technology efforts are aimed, without exception, at helping customers work "Safer and Smarter." Altec invests more resources than any other manufacturer in the advancement of safety, reliability, uptime and low cost of ownership.

Our Values Sustain Our Vision:

Altec continues to pursue a singular vision: To be recognized by customers as the preferred supplier of products, services and solutions in all markets we serve. Our values sustain that vision, our goals build upon it and our associates help to achieve it. Altec's values are the cornerstone of our corporate culture and every Altec associate is considered an integral part of Team Altec.
Our Values: Customer First, Enjoyment of Work, Family, Financial Stability, Integrity, People Are Our Greatest Strength, Quality, Spiritual Development, Teamwork.


Develop leadership skills necessary to have technical oversight within a department to create solutions in multiple areas such as design, development, testing, integration, manufacture, sales, service, quality assurance, and related processes essential in the production of Altec products. 

• With guidance from manager and more experienced engineers, directs some engineering decisions for the department
• Practices prudent engineering and effectively apply formal engineering training adding to the overall effectiveness of the Engineering Group and enhancement of Altec’s position within the product line
• Participates and contribute productively as part of Altec’s team-oriented design, manufacture and customer service/support efforts
• Operates with some decision-making latitude within the scope of an assignment
• Knows and applies fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures in the engineering field
• As directed, may assign work to others
• Communicates with customers on issues of technical specifications, product design and operation as appropriate
• Supports Operations, Sales, and Service
• Interfaces directly with Suppliers and Customers
• Utilizes Lean principles to improve our products and processes
• Manages various sizes of Altec projects and/or act as Team Lead.
• Additionally, may have 3 or fewer full-time direct reports
• Fulfills assigned responsibilities in one or more of the following roles

• Produces/evaluates new designs and components to improve quality, cost and performance with support of other functional engineers, manufacturing, supply management and other associates
• Researches and evaluate new materials, equipment, and processes
• Develops specifications of products, materials and components
• Develops test specifications
• Develops and tests prototypes
• Ensures designs meet customer requirements and provide Customer support

• Converts order requirements into a proposal package for the Customer and a technical build package for Operations inclusive of Unit/Body/Chassis and all associate components and systems
• Develops specifications of products, materials and components
• Provide technical oversight to engineering technologists and designers

• Ensures manufacturing is building product in conformance to current engineering documentation
• Review the design of components and parts for design-for-manufacturability
• Monitor costs, manpower efficiency, machine capability, space utilization, etc. and recommend as appropriate revisions in manufacturing methods
• Lead continuous improvement efforts in the areas of Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety, and Productivity
• Lead the integration of new designs into Manufacturing
• Lead and implement Capital projects

• Develops and implements quality assurance systems.
• Interacts with Customers, Suppliers, and all Altec departments to resolve quality issues
• Identifies top warranty drivers, root causes and corrective actions

ENGINEER (from departments not listed) as listed in the job posting

• ABET EAC certified bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a Master’s degree in Engineering
• Internal candidates - Minimum of four (4) years’ Altec full-time experience, 2 of which must be after earning the Degree in Engineering
o Applicable Masters counts as one year of experience. 
o External engineering experience, post engineering degree, counts 1 for 1 towards the experience requirement
o ***Coop, Intern, Temp experience does not count towards the requirements
• External candidates - Minimum four (4) years’ experience in an engineering role after earning the Degree in Engineering
o Applicable Masters counts as one year of experience. 
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Must be able to work with team members and work with minimal supervision
• Demonstrated thorough understanding and ability in basic engineering practices and principles.
• Must effectively interact with other associates, departments, operations, distributors, vendors, customers, etc.
• Basic understanding of business principles and practice
• Must be confident, dynamic, and successful in working as part of a team
• Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time, potentially on short notice, which may include flying

• None

• Demonstrated record of responsibility
• Extremely detail oriented
• Customer Service Oriented
• Motivated, goal oriented and persistent
• Maintain Company confidentiality
• Must manage deadlines well
• Participate in Continuous Improvement Initiatives

Responsibility for Safety:
• Safety In everything we do

Responsibility to Prevent Errors:
• Ensures appropriate reviews have been performed as needed for high quality
• Follows all established processes and guidelines

Mental Alertness:
• Continuous attention to all job functions ensuring quality products

Communication with Others:
• Requires outside and inside contacts to carry out company policy and programs; Improper handling will have considerable effect on operational results; Must often deal with matters requiring explanation, persuasion and obtaining of approvals



Altec offers a competitive salary that rewards performance and dedication, along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
          • Medical, Dental and Prescription Drug Program
          • Retirement 401(k) Program
          • Vacation and Holidays
          • Flexible Spending Accounts
          • Tuition Assistance Program
          • Employee Assistance and Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program
          • Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

EEO Statement

Altec Industries, Inc. and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and maintain affirmative action plans to recruit, retain, develop, and promote qualified individuals without unlawful consideration of race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Altec strives to maintain a work environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, where associates are treated with respect and dignity.


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