Hardware Designer - Mechanical

Position:        Hardware Designer – Mechanical

Location:        Waterloo, Ontario

Experience:   3+ years relevant work experience

Education:     University degree in engineering, science, or another applicable field.


About P&P Optica

P&P Optica (PPO) is dedicated to improving the safety, quality, and efficiency of food production in North America through the development of its innovative Smart Imaging technologies. Our Smart Imaging products and systems incorporate PPO’s world-class expertise in spectroscopy and data analysis to push the boundaries of what is possible for real-time food product analysis. PPO is rapidly growing to meet these opportunities and we’re looking for talented, new individuals to join our team.

At PPO we believe it’s important to enjoy and take pride in what we do.  We strive to ensure a fun, friendly, and respectful work environment that continually offers new and interesting challenges and opportunities.

About the Position

The chosen candidate will become a key member of the Hardware Team at P&P Optica. The hardware team is responsible for a wide range of activities including the design and production of our world-class holographic gel gratings, spectrometers, and Smart Imaging Systems.  This position will initially focus on the end-to-end design and activities of our newest Smart Imaging Systems for food production, followed in the future by the opportunity to develop new features and innovations that will keep our systems at the forefront of the industry.  As part of this mandate, you will be actively involved in developing and proving your own innovative designs and will follow those through production, testing, and final installation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Developing next generation, smart imaging products, systems, and accessories that are safe and reliable.
  • Innovating, prototyping, and finalizing detailed designs that meet technical, schedule, cost, and DFX requirements.
  • Producing professional grade documentation and drawings to support the manufacturing, assembly, and testing of our products and systems.
  • Sourcing reliable components that sensibly balance cost, performance, and schedule demands.

Additional Tasks May Include:

  • Supporting production with the assembly and testing of systems.
  • Supporting on-site installation and commissioning of our equipment at our Customer’s facilities. 
  • Working with external suppliers and fabrication shops to ensure our design and quality standards are met.
  • Mentoring and supervision of interns, co-op students, and temporary labour.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Some tasks may require lifting up to 30kg.

About You

You want to work for a fast-paced, growing company that is helping its customers to be more successful through the use of its innovative products and solutions.  You want to be part of a team of motivated people like yourself who are eager to solve challenging problems and learn new skills.  You have a positive attitude, care about doing things right, and are motivated by making a positive impact.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum 3+ years of experience designing precision mechanical components and reliable mechanical systems for automation applications.
  • Proficient with Solidworks CAD and PDM software for modeling, design analysis, and creation of production drawings.
  • Ability to thoroughly prove your designs through a sensible combination of analysis and testing.
  • Excellent thermal and structural analysis skills.
  • Good knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes and realistically achievable tolerances.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with technical documentation experience.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team.

Bonus Skills:

  • Recent experience designing automated production equipment.
  • Food industry specific experience is a significant asset.
  • Additional electrical or mechatronics design knowledge and experience.
  • Experience with automation using microcontrollers and/or PLCs.

P&P Optica is committed to supporting a culture of diversity across our organization and we simply focus on hiring the best talent.  We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.