Design Engineer

Location: Poulsbo, WA
Job Code: 186
# of Openings: 1


"We Are Builders. We create jobs and careers by building products that excite us – and that others are pleased to buy. We do this in a manner in which our parents and our children would be proud.” – Clif McKenzie, Watson CEO

Surrounded by towering Douglas Firs, our fully integrated manufacturing and administrative offices tread softly on a 34 acre apple orchard in the Puget Sound Region. Watson is one of the few thriving West Coast furniture manufacturers still in existence today. We design and build agile workplace solutions for some of the largest, most dynamic companies in the world and have done so for over half a century.  We make each product in our manufacturing facility with methods rivaling the best. Watson designs are user driven and delivered with a modern environmental sensibility. 



Watson is seeking a dynamic and curious individual to join our Product Development Team.  Responsibilities include the following, but other duties may be assigned:

  • Develop and refine product designs for efficiency using knowledge of materials and processes for sheet metal, tubular steel, molded plastic, extruded materials and laminated composite wood products
  • Estimate labor and material costs for new designs
  • Engineer-to-order functions for both standard and modified product
  • Establish and write product family configuration rules
  • Establish fit and function quality standards for new products
  • Support manufacturing engineers implementing production fixtures and processes
  • Conduct CAD model reviews
  • Conduct First Article Inspections
  • Execute Engineering Changes (ECs)



Qualified applicants must have a BS in Engineering or similar technical discipline. Candidates must be able to perform product engineering using parametric 3D modeling software.  A working knowledge of project management, creating and maintaining project timelines, tolerance analysis and specification, and an understanding of Quality Control practices is needed. Experience with highly configurable product lines is a strong differentiator. Familiarity with any or all of the following a plus: wood products, laminates, adhesives, functional hardware, injection molding, extrusions, sheet metal fabrication, CNC machinery/programming, rapid prototyping technologies, material sourcing, costing, process improvement.  Experience with the following software preferred: Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, Visual Basic (for Applications or .net) MS Office Suite including Access. Experience with ERP software also a plus. Experience utilizing lean philosophies, principles, and tools also desirable. Demonstrated success working in a fast paced engineer to order (ETO) environment is a differentiator.



Submit applications to under the Current Positions link.  Applications will only be processed through our website.


Watson's an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans & individuals with disabilities. Watson will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.

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