Case Study: Engineering

Career Transitions Helps $225+ Million Manufacturer Land Niche Mechanical Design Engineer


Because of Career Transitions’ 20-year recruiting history for this client, we were asked to help them find a senior level engineer.


  • Position: Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Client: A $225 million designer and manufacturer of aftermarket automotive accessories with a centralized engineering center and 6 manufacturing locations.
  • Issue: Given an upcoming multi-year N.A. agreement with large automotive OEM supplier, our Client decided to migrate from CATIA and primary design package and implement SolidWorks, namely ‘Surfacing’ and ‘FEA’ modules in a robust fashion.

    Because of Career Transitions’ 20-year recruiting history for this client, we were asked to help them find a senior level engineer, certified in SolidWorks ‘Surfacing’ and ‘FEA’ modules, who could train existing staff, and present prototypes in front of their client.

  • Solution: We decided to target a pool of candidates that have used SolidWorks in larger capital equipment manufacturers – like light and medium duty truck body manufacturers – whose end products must be sent to an up-fitter site to add any external pieces before final delivery. This model is in line with our Client’s business model.

    In that context, we identified local companies who manufacture these products, drilling down to companies utilizing SolidWorks exclusively. After targeting senior design staff, we found a candidate from a capital equipment manufacturer for heavy duty trucks, certified in SolidWorks, who was an expert in sheet metal module, and experience migrating from ABAQUS to the SolidWorks ‘FEA’ module. His pedigree was Agricultural Machine System Engineering from Purdue and a Master’s in Engineering from Notre Dame.

    This candidate was exactly what our Client needed in that role. The transition from one employer to the next was successful and they are now mostly through the initial prototype phase with their OEM client, moving closer to mass production, ahead of schedule.


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