Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  R&D

Ottawa, KS, US

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Development Engineer, Mechanics

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.




Do you want to make your next move count? With us, you can.

The Product Development Team (R&D), is seeking a Development Engineer, Mechanics to join their highly skilled team.

Our business is changing, which is why we are now looking for nothing less than the most talented Development Engineers to join our Kalmar Product Development team. In this pivotal role, you will have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the success of our organisation meeting our market goals. 

You will change the way that both Kalmar and our customers do business and help reshape our industry forever. You’ll focus on developing new products that will enable terminal tractors  to become fully electrified and automated over time, while collaborating  with a highly skilled group of architects, designers and product managers to deliver innovative solutions that will be the envy of our competitors.

If you are a curious and solutions oriented problem solver who embraces learning then you will appreciate some of the most exciting aspects of working in our engineering team; visibility of your design work, where you can test and validate it, see it implemented, all in one place!
Moreover, you will have the opportunities to get involved in any aspect of the truck that interests you, gaining comprehensive exposure to all its facets. You get to be part of shaping the heavy material and cargo handling industry by helping our customers become increasingly sustainable and productive.

This position is located at our Ottawa, KS. manufacturing site, reporting to the Manager, Product Development Manager, Mechanical Systems.



Purpose of Position


Develop and support mechanical systems for current and future projects. Demonstrate a broad understanding of systems and system-interactions for both diesel and electric powered Kalmar terminal tractors. Design subsystems to meet global customer needs, legislation and internal requirements.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Define specifications for mechanical components and subsystems.
  • Help ensure that components and systems meet specified technical customer demands, product safety, legislative   requirements and internal demands for Terminal Tractor products (TT).
  • Perform activities according to specified requirements and time schedules.
  • Contribute toward cooperation between product development, sourcing, and operations.
  • According to customer demands, choose design solutions, materials, and components.
  • Define component verification and validation test requirements
  • Coordinate work with internal and external engineers
  • In consultation with the responsible Product Development Manager, purchase components for tests and evaluations.
  • In consultation with the responsible Product Development Manager, perform customer and supplier visits.
  • Initiate and order testing for verification and evaluation of a design.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


What you’ll need to succeed:


Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering 
Theoretical and applied knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic structural, or powertrain systems related to mobile equipment
5+ years in mobile equipment new product development

3D CAD systems, CATIA V5 experience preferred
Strong aptitude toward mechanical design
Driving force and results oriented
Good communication skills
Fluent in English both in speaking and writing
Will be required to work closely with other TT RDE personnel, Project Managers, Sourcing & Production groups worldwide
Other information

Willingness to travel domestically and internationally will be required

You will be part of:


We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference. We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge. We succeed because we do it together. 

With us, you will have the opportunity to realise your potential and become an important member of our global team.


Interested to join?


Please submit your resume/cv for consideration.



Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move.