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Mechanical Design Engineer


Emeryville, CA, US, 94608

Req ID:  24400
Segment:  Research & Development

Rich’s has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values.  That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy.  Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .


Meet f’real

f’real, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation, designs, sells and markets authentic milkshakes, smoothies and frappes all made from real ingredients – ice cream, fruit, milk and coffee. f’real f’natics freshly blend our delicious products in our patented blender in almost 20,000 locations across the globe.  f’realies (aka employees) have one purpose – to create happiness in a cup for people everywhere by blending delicious flavors with magical moments!


Meet Your Job
The Mechanical Design Engineer will support new product prototyping, final design for manufacturing and sustaining engineering support as we continue to grow and expand our product offerings. You will report to the Engineering Manager.  Travel to the Contract Manufacturer’s both domestically and internationally will be required.   You will assist in all aspects of mechanical design and you will serve as mechanical design lead for designated projects for mechanical design.  You will receive general supervision and direction from the Engineering Manager and work independently and with a cross-functional team. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Design & develop prototypes for proof of concept and ultimate manufacture, test and refine key components with Design For Manufacturing (DFM) in mind. 
  • Design and troubleshoot electro-mechanical systems. 
  • Support and lead sustaining engineering refinement of existing products. 
  • Prepare and execute protocols for design verification, system characterization, & validation testing. 
  • Select commercial electrical and mechanical components according to established specifications, and evaluate for performance, reliability, availability and cost.  Create corresponding BOM. 
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory standards appropriate for the product under development and in operation (i.e.  electromechanical safety certifications through UL, TUV, Intertek or equivalent and applicable food safety and food contact regulations such as FDA, EU, GB, etc.). 
  • Identify and liaison with key suppliers, vendors and manufacturers. 
  • Track and manage the sub-projects, plan and take adaptive action, prepare status reports. 
  • Lead and participate in hardware design reviews. 
  • Actively participate in development of new blender architecture. 
  • Modify and debug existing equipment to meet design and reliability requirements through the change control process. 
  • Work with manufacturers to develop assembly guidelines and establish quality control and testing protocols. 
  • Develop field installation, training and maintenance procedures. 
  • Participate and/or lead sustaining engineering efforts on production blender as needed. 
  • Work with product development team from concept generation through manufacturing and production. 
  • Create new designs and modify existing designs in SolidWorks CAD, and create and update corresponding BOM’s. 
  • Create and conduct design verification and reliability tests, prepare written protocols and plans. 
  • Set-up and/or assemble test fixtures/apparatus, including measurement and data acquisition instruments; design, and source test fixtures/apparatus as needed.


Help Us Meet You

You are an enthusiastic team player with solid technical and people skills.  You thrive in a collaborative work environment and love the challenges that come with innovation and change.  You have a strong understanding of engineering fundamentals, and manufacturing methods; a practical and logical approach to problem solving; and a desire to learn and expand your knowledge; are results driven with a “do what it takes” growth mindset, organized and able to focus yourself to achieve and exceed goals.


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline required. 
  • A minimum of 5 years experience as a mechanical design engineer in a product development role. Electromechanical integration is a plus. 
  • Understanding and working knowledge of engineering fundamentals including: electrical and mechanical principles, fluidics, materials. 
  • Familiarity with motion control systems. 
  • Strong electromechanical and control system troubleshooting skills. 
  • Ability to prepare, read, analyze, and interpret common technical and manufacturing documents. 
  • Hands on prototyping ability. 
  • Ability to provide project management and oversight. 
  • Experience with common manufacturing processes and practices, particularly injection molding, CNC and sheet metal fabrication, and machine integration. 
  • Familiarity with statistical methods, six-sigma, and LEAN concepts. 
  • Familiarity with common instruments including: volt-ohm Meter, oscilloscope, micrometer, etc. 
  • Advanced capability with common CAD software (SolidWorks desired); surface modeling a plus. 
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, with ability to effectively present information to technical and non-technical groups. 
  • Proficiency with office productivity tools (MSWord, MSExcel) 
  • Positive and fun outlook…we’re in the milkshake business after all!

Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.


Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.


As a family-owned company, caring for our associates—their whole selves—is a top priority. That’s why we provide benefits and tools to help our people balance the integration of work and life:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Health & financial benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Family planning support
  • Flexible work policy
  • Associate affinity groups
  • Volunteering & community impact opportunities
  • Holiday gatherings
  • In-house taste tests (we are a food company after all)!

It’s all part of how we support our family of associates. Because in the company of family, all things are possible.


Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Job Segment: Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Management

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