Mechanical Design Engineer

Cognito Motorsports is a rapidly growing Truck, SUV & UTV aftermarket product manufacturing company based in Bakersfield, California. We are seeking a qualified Mechanical Design Engineer to join our team who possesses the capabilities and experience required to develop complex designs into high-quality manufacturable products.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Project manage the evolution of product concepts through all phases of development, including design, prototyping, fitting, testing and manufacturing.
  • Reviews product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards and customer contract requirements, and related specifications.
  • Sketches rough layouts and computes angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages and location of holes.
  • Analyzes engineering drawings, specifications and related data to determine design factors such as dimensions, shape, load capacities, arrangement of parts and duty life cycles.
  • Uses computer assisted design/drafting equipment and software to develop designs.
  • Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications and drawing releases.
  • Follows PDM procedures for the organization, management and storage of all engineering data.
  • Measures fixtures and parts during production to ensure tolerances and specification compliance.
  • Provides production support to machining, welding, fabrication and assembly departments.
  • Assists with installation instruction development, including scripting, technical content and composition.
  • Prepares weekly project status and disposition reports for Engineering management review.
  • Maintain organized and clean department work areas.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisors and management.
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures described in the Employee Handbook.
  • Perform ad hoc duties as assigned.


Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:


  • BS degree in Engineering
  • Hands-on experience with computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Familiarity with 2D or 3D engineering design and manufacturing tools (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD, ProE or other);
  • Technical writing skills;
  • High level of numeracy and technical competency, with an understanding of the applications used within design and production;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to help with problem-solving;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with teammates, contractors and vendors;
  • Genuine interest in automotive performance, powersports, vehicle customization, or motor racing a big plus;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary teamwork toward the achievement of company goals.


Salary DOE.


We offer competitive compensation with a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid medical, vision and dental insurance group rates, paid time off, paid holidays, 401k plan and more.


Cognito Motorsports, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. All applicants are subject to drug testing prior to hiring, and post hiring testing is required for all employees.

Information about Bakersfield: 

Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who consider putting down roots in the area will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it's Bakersfield's strong sense of community and family and its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.

In some ways, Bakersfield feels like Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area's location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.

Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California's expansive national forests.

Bakersfield is more affordable than most other parts of California. Purchasing a home in Bakersfield will cost nearly three times less than in Los Angeles. Additionally, Bakersfield residents spend more than the average American on everyday expenses like food, utilities and transportation, but that amount pales in comparison to what Los Angeles residents spend. As a result, some of L.A. County's workforce opts to live in the Bakersfield area. Bakersfield is home to a multigenerational, multicultural population. Diversity can be seen throughout the region from the wide variety of small mom-and-pop restaurants and shops selling international foods and goods. The metro area is known for its Basque restaurants, which have remained in the area long after people from the Pyrenees region of France and Spain first came to Bakersfield in search of gold.  

Much of Bakersfield's population is of working age, with about 10 percent of residents older than 65 and roughly a third of the population younger than 20. Because of high-performing schools, neighborhoods in the northwest part of the metro area are particularly attractive to families.

Bakersfield residents find plenty of ways to enjoy the region's pleasant weather, from parks within the city limits to trails in the nearby Sequoia and Los Padres national forests.

Although major league sports don't have a presence in the area, hometown fans cheer on their minor league favorite, the Bakersfield Condors hockey team. Racing fans can take their pick of asphalt, dirt, autocross or drag racing at nearby tracks.

If museums are more your scene, the award-winning Bakersfield Museum of Art is a must-see, as is the California Living Museum, known as CALM, which exhibits animals and plants native to California.