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Design Engineer Job

DATE: Dec 1, 2022

LOCATION: Libertyville, Illinois, United States, 60048

Company: Armstrong World Industries

Primary location: Libertyville, Illinois 
Relocation offered: No 
Employment status: Full-Time 
Travel: No 
Non-compete: No 

The estimated base salary range for this role is $65,000 to $80,000 per year.  
Individual pay is based upon location, skills and expertise, experience and other relevant factors

What does it mean to work at MRK Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries? 

It means being immersed in a supportive culture that recognizes you as a key player in Armstrong's future. We are a large company with a local feel, where you will get to know and collaborate with leadership and your colleagues across the company.

By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will receive:

A benefits package including: medical, dental, prescription drug, life insurance, 401k match, long-term disability coverage, vacation and sick time, and many more. 
Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests.
A working culture that balances individual achievement with teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and allow for different work styles to build engagement and satisfaction to deliver results. 

Job Output


Reporting to the Architectural Specialties Engineering Manager, the Design Engineer supports the product line for MRK by providing solutions to internal and external customers through creating drawings to address issues within complex ceiling & wall systems. The incumbent utilizes 2D & 3D design software and provides practical contributions in the skillful translation of design layouts into detailed drawings and perform take-offs as required in the development of projects from inception through order completion. This position supports the plant in driving growth of Architectural Specialties (AS) Metals business in Americas.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Engineering Design


  • Reviews building plans identifying products and components to prepare for production.
  • Creates & maintains CAD library drawing files under direct supervision and take projects through all engineering design, documentation and work aids from release through manufacturing.
  • Prepares 2D & 3D drawings and/or work order packages for production teams. Work directly with machine programmer to ensure tooling requirements.
  • Provides production teams with supporting documentation as required on a job-by-job basis. Work directly with Fabrication Manager for project priority, scope and requirements.
  • Interprets architectural drawings provided by end customer.
  • Problem solves issues discovered in drawing review process.
  • Inspects drawing submitted by newer employees for accuracy and adherence to drafting standards.
  • Coordinates, processes, and tracks orders through various stages of the manufacturing process.
  • Develops internal procedures and practices to be implemented within the engineering department, pending review by management.
  • Brainstorms technical design concepts and owns the execution of design concepts throughout the development cycle
  • Generates innovative solutions with cross-functional team members
  • Communicates and negotiates critical design details to team members, customers and sales teams
  • Leverages in-depth design experience in sheet metal, extrusion, metal stamping, die-casting and/or parts design
  • Responsible for the project costing to meet target budget levels


Growth & Business Development


  • Builds relationships with internal and external customers including contractors, distributors, architects and selling teams
  • Supports selling teams by providing product and technical expertise in a timely manner
  • Evaluates and prioritizes project opportunities that drive profitable growth & enhanced/compliment AS capabilities
  • Partners with project managers, design and sales reps to aggressively develop project design successes on top priority promotional opportunities
  • Identifies new product ideas, product installation or performance improvements




  • Participates and collaborates with team to filter/screen new projects in the schematic design phase (2-3 years from sale).
  • Identify opportunities to drive improved margin and profitability thru effective project design and greater knowledge of pricing expectations.
  • Provides insight and technical support to new capability projects that enables estimators to effectively bid projects quickly
  • Provides pre-construction support services to certified contractors including reviewing construction & shop drawings.



Supervisory Responsibilities:  None


Travel:  Minimal; less than 5%




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.


  • Strong mechanical aptitude and design for manufacturing. 
  • Knowledge of BIM/RIVET, AutoCAD/2-D & 3-D renderings a requirement
  • Knowledge of Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault.
  • Experience with sheet metal design and fabrication to include curved sheet metal and aluminum extrusion.
  • Proficient in MS Office (emphasis on MS Excel expertise).
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven experience in a customer-facing role
  • Superior organizational & communication skills, attention to detail and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment


Physical Demands


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


  1. Office Environment – This position operates in a professional office environment and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. No PPE is required.


  1. Plant Environment – This position operates in a manufacturing setting and can be subject to extreme cold and hot temperatures; uneven walking surfaces with cords, tools and other obstacles; intermittent loud noises; and dusty or dirty conditions.  Required PPE includes: Hard hat (when required), safety glasses, earplugs, steel toe/composite boots, and fall protection.


Education and/or Experience


  • Associate’s degree in computer-aided design or similar specialty, engineering, or computer science OR equivalent work experience is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Three to five years of relevant design work experience in manufacturing or commercial construction industries.



Why should you join MRK Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries?

Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions in the Americas. With approximately $1B in revenue, AWI has about 2,800 employees and a manufacturing network of fifteen facilities in North America.


At home, at work, in healthcare facilities, classrooms, stores, or restaurants, we offer interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces.


For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we're here to serve - our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our employees.


We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that make a positive difference in spaces where we live, work, learn, heal and play. It's an exciting, rewarding business to be in, and we're committed to continue to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. We hope you join us.


Our Sustainability Ambition

"Bringing our Purpose to Life" - lead a transformation in the design and building of spaces fit for today and tomorrow.
We are committed to:

  • Engaging a diverse, purpose-driven workforce;
  • Transforming buildings from structures that shelter into structures that serve and preserve the health and well-being of people and planet;
  • Pursuing sustainable, innovative solutions for spaces where we live, work, learn heal and play;
  • Being a catalyst for change with all of our stakeholders; and
  • Making a positive difference in the environments and communities we impact.


About the location (Libertyville IL)

MRK Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI), is one of twelve AWI plants in North America. Our Libertyville plant in northern Illinois is located 1 hour northwest of Chicago, and 1 hour south of Milwaukee, WI. It is also a short, 7 mile drive to beautiful Lake Michigan.  Visit Libertyville’s historic downtown shopping and dining district, with nearly 100 restaurants, cafes and pubs. Stop by the Dunn Museum. Take your friends and family to the Libertyville Sports Complex. Check out their calendar of events for festivals, wine tastings, community bike rides, classic car shows and other activities that are hosted year-round.  Libertyville provides a hometown feel, while being close to the 3rd and 31st largest cities in the US!



MRK Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries, is committed to engaging a diverse, purpose-driven workforce.  As part of our dedication to diversity, AWI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard for race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at by email at AWI talent acquisition and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Come and build your future with us and apply today!

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