Marine Design Engineer

  • Ilmor Engineering
  • Sep 25, 2023
Full time Engineering

Job Description

Ilmor Engineering provides design, development, testing, and manufacturing of performance engines and parts for major manufacturers and racing teams throughout the world. Our clients include automotive, marine, IndyCar, ARCA, and NASCAR among others.

All of our high-performance engines and components are precision engineered to the highest standards—utilizing the latest manufacturing technologies and quality systems. At Ilmor, we offer engineering and support services from clean sheet to completed project. Our team utilizes their expertise and ingenuity to create innovative original concepts or provide creative solutions to existing high-performance designs.


The Marine Design Engineer will be involved with multiple programs and designs. You will be responsible for dreaming, sketching, drawing, proving, producing, testing, validating and supporting various powertrain design efforts and other special projects for our Marine division.  At any given moment you might be out on the water on our development boats, in our engineering lab, at a vendor/supplier, hyper-focused in CAD, leading a design review meeting, collaborating with our CNC programmers & machinists, supporting engine testing with our Dyno team, or on a trip to support our field service team.

This is the perfect pure mechanical engineering role for you if you are high energy, love engines and all things powertrain, have rock-solid drawing/design skills, you know the ins and outs of GD&T and design for manufacturability, and you've got a proven ability to solve problems with the perfect blend of creativity, evidence-based assumptions and data. 

Essential Duties

60% Powertrain & Marine Product Design Engineering

  • Mechanical design engineering of systems and components for marine powertrains.
  • Proficient in the use of SolidWorks for the modelling and drawing of components and systems applied to Marine Powertrains.
  • An understanding of the fundamental operation of gasoline engines and the design of associated systems and components, including:
    • Exhaust systems
    • Cooling systems (heat exchangers and cooling pumps)
    • Intake systems
    • Electrical and control systems
  • An understanding of powertrain cooling systems including pumps and heat exchangers.
  • A good understanding of manufacturing processes, design for manufacture and design for assembly.
  • The creative ability to develop advanced and novel concept designs for future products.
  • Demonstrated product delivery capability; take designs from concept through to successful production implementation.
  • Perform predictive performance analysis using FEA & CFD.
  • Work with Ilmor Purchasing department to identify and select suitable potential suppliers and manufacturers.
  • Interface closely with the Ilmor Manufacturing Team to implement designs into volume production.
  • Participate in DFMEA/DVP&R activities.
  • Support product testing and development including the development and implementation of validation test plans for products.
  • Support build launch activities at the assembly plant.
  • Work with a cross-functional business unit team including quality, manufacturing, sales, and engineering to improve production, design, and engineering aspects of the product.

20% Testing & Development

  • Support and drive product validation on dynamometers, test benches and on open-water boat tests.
  • Support continuous improvement through design improvement and warranty-related analysis.

20% Investigate and Diagnose

  • Support issue resolution as required to develop robust products.
  • Lead and liaise with both internal and external suppliers to resolve production/product issues.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Naval Engineering
  • Strong understanding of mechanical design
  • Verifiable skills in Solidworks CAD design

This job is to be performed on-site and is based out of Plymouth, Michigan. Expected travel to be approximately 20%

Demonstrated Physical Abilities/Work Environment

This is a hands-on role and will involve time out on the water in our development boats and working in our engineering and manufacturing space. The candidate will be expected to stand, walk, lift, squat, bend, laugh, and twist.