Design Engineer Ankeny, IA


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Keen Project Solutions, LLC.

Job Title:

Design Engineer

Job Type:


Date Posted:



Ankeny, IA



Company Description:

Keen Project Solutions, LLC.

Keen Project Solutions, LLC is an expert in General Contracting, Construction Management, Engineering, and Millwright Services. We believe smart, motivated teams can do amazing things.

Job Description:

The Design Engineer supports the engineering team and leads the design process by creating plans and designs followed by construction workers, architects, and manufacturers.  These detailed technical drawings incorporate the input of engineers, project managers, and most importantly, the customer. The Designer translates their ideas, rough sketches, and specifications into general production and installation prints used in the fabrication and installation of company products and projects. They will lead the preparation of design and bid documents, phasing drawings, as-built drawings, marketing support information, and construction sketches. They will be challenged with projects from different industries and will thrive in this environment by working with design principles, varied construction material types and properties, and manufacturing processes. This role profile is subject to change at any time. 


  • Perform job site observations and report deficiencies, non-conformance, safety issues, quality control issues, and opportunities for improvement to the senior-most project manager on an assigned project.  Collaborate with engineers to solve design issues when they arise. 

  • Comply with Risk Management Programs applicable to assigned projects including contracts, and any special owner or regulatory requirements.  Identify areas of risk, investigate, and propose solutions. 

  • Analyze and incorporate building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents to determine effect on architectural designs. 


  • Coordinate project leader or supervisor on special product projects, product development, and redesign projects as assigned. Apply and understand the design to develop products that conform to Keen quality standards and philosophy. 

  • Provide cost estimates and bills of material for all non-configurable orders.  

  • Initiate and manage RFQ’s and RFPN’s; coordinate with suppliers; write purchase specifications for components and materials. 

  • Work closely with internal team, architects, consultants, contractors, directly hired tradespersons, and others related to the project to obtain technical details, optimize designs, and resolve issues.   

  • Build teams to effectively manage projects, resolve design issues, answer questions, solve production problems, and make sure that final plans are accurate.  

  • Communicate effectively with team, vendors, architects, engineers, general contractors, and field personnel to produce drawings. This collaboration may be on the job site when needed. 

  • Provide support for the technical workers who contribute to the building of our structures and products. The individual directs efforts for Keen drafting, forecasting, and other technical activities relating to the project. 

  • Provide basic support for all other departments as needed, along with other assigned duties. 


  • Specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and design plans, blueprints, and drawings to create schematics that can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into building information modeling (BIM) systems. 

  • Prepare high-quality contract documents and specifications throughout the schematic, design, design development, and construction document phases.  

  • Demonstrate experience in the implementation of concept design solutions through the architectural contract documents and construction administration phases. 

  • Interpret design concepts to ensure safety, structural integrity, and quality. Must possess an outstanding skillset in sketching, rendering, concept presentation, and computer-aided design. 

  • Communicate directly with team to design, cost, and document special products. 

  • Develop complete and accurate electronic working plans, elevations, details, charts, and/or revisions from existing drawings, measurements, sketches, specifications, etc. 

  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products. 

  • Prepare layouts that show the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices. These layouts indicate dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements needed for assembly.  

  • Build layouts, elevations, sections, and field connections during the shop drawing process for both structural and architectural projects.  

  • Resolve discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information through collaboration with the CAD department, structural analysts, project managers, and engineers.  

  • Prepare engineering change documentation. 


  • Research and analyze customer design proposals to evaluate the feasibility, cost, or maintenance requirements. 

  • Analyze problems through data analysis, field returns, and experimentation to create more robust designs to reduce service incidence rates. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical drawings and required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs. 

  • Develop and modify designs and drawings for mechanical components and subsystems, materials, or complete products using Revit and other software.  

  • Develop and obtain prototype parts for testing and pre-production activities. 

  • Research, design, and evaluate equipment, systems, and processes to meet requirements. 

  • Critique designs for safety, manufacturability, failure modes, customer usage, and functionality. 

  • Integrate new technology or environmentally friendly practices into existing processes. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related science field such as Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering preferred.  Combined experience and industry educational certifications to demonstrate competency considered.   

  • Minimum 3 years of experience.    

  • Certification of completion in Professional Engineer License (P.Eng), Certified Professional Engineer (PE), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Engineer in Training (EIT), Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE), and/or Lean Qualifications or willing to obtain. 

  • Working knowledge of basic computer programs like Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and on-line collaboration tools. Proficient in Autodesk/Plant Design Suite products like Revit and AutoCAD is desired, with knowledge of Inventor, Navisworks, etc., beneficial.   

  • Travel up to 25% or as needed, by air and ground.  


  • Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly 

  • Continuously requires vision, hearing, twisting, and talking.  

  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, sitting, and handling.  

  • Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, scaffolds, stairs, and work in confined spaces and in proximity to loud equipment. 

  • Must be able to position one-self to work in confined spaces such as trenches, pits, manholes, attics, and tunnels. 

  • Must be able to respond quickly to sounds. 

  • Must be able to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces. 

  • Must be able to see and respond to dangerous situations. 

  • Must be able to wear personal protective gear most of the day. 

  • Must be able to work in cold/hot environments and on concrete floors. 

  • Occasionally requires walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, kneeling, pushing/pulling, bending, and crouching.  

  • Continuously requires vision, hearing, twisting, and talking. 

  • Must be able to traverse irregular and steep terrain. 

  • Must be able to stand for extended durations. 

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position at this time.  


Keen Project Solutions is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment (minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws). The Company is a drug and alcohol free workplace and background checks are required if applicable. 

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