Mechanical Engineer (Engineering)

Full Time

  Mendocino Forest Products

  Ukiah, California, United States


The Mendocino Family of Companies (Mendocino Forest Products Company, Mendocino Redwood Company, Humboldt Redwood Company, and Allweather Wood), is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Our culture is based in environmental stewardship and community support. The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its forestlands, manufacturing, and distribution operations.


Mendocino Forest Products is looking for an Mechanical Engineer to join our team! 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 abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The key areas of focus for this position are as follows;   


Increase profits, safety and quality by improving all phases of machine design, process improvement, and equipment analysis at Mendocino Forest Products and Humboldt Redwood Company Operations. Oversee application of Manufacturing Engineering procedures and programs. Create concept and mechanical designs, provide project cost estimates, perform vendor selection, and generate sound financial justification.  Responsible for all phases of project proposals as well as implementation management.


  • Subject matter expert (SME) in equipment design and fabrication process
  • Active in recommendation for best practices and use of technology
  • Teamwork  with Industrial Engineers, Operations Management and Operators
  • Generate mechanical designs including specifications and requirements
  • Guide vendors on material selection and fabrication processes
  • Coordinate and design mechanical and electrical interfaces and controls with Electrical Engineers and Electricians              
  • Teamwork with maintenance group in data driven root cause analysis and equipment improvements
  • Mentor  other technical staff in their professional development
  • Execute pilot and production release of equipment projects
  • Design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and costs
  • Work independently and as part of a team in order to achieve project deliverables and milestone deadlines
  • Lead equipment/process troubleshooting and root cause analysis effort
  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal skills


  • Bachelor of Science degree (B. S.), in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Minimum one year of experience in Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering field preferably in a sawmill environment
  • Experienced with pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical controls, machine and machine control design is required
  • Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement and/or Lean Manufacturing knowledge and experience is a plus
  • Advanced skill levels with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Database software/Access (macros, pivot tables, user forms, data analysis pack). Intermediate to advanced skill level with digital image, video editing, CAD, Solid Works and/or Visio software required
  • Experience in query and macro generation, computer simulation, Facility Layout and Process Flow Mapping
  • Must maintain and carry a valid California driver license and remain eligible and capable of operating company vehicles in accordance with company policy guidelines 

 Physical Requirements

  • The employee is frequently required to walk, sit, and communicate.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • The employee will split his/her time between a typical manufacturing office environment and the manufacturing floor.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate while the noise level in the Sawmill dictates the necessity for hearing protection when working on the manufacturing floor.
  • This position may require the following equipment when in the plant: eye protection, hearing protection, leather/rubber gloves, safety shoes and a hard hat.
  • Occasional travel to other company owned sites as well as vendor sites will be required. 


Project Management - develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.


Teamwork - balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Professionalism - approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.


Adaptability - adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.


Innovation - displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.


Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.


Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Workplace