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Associate Mechanical Engineer

Remote (Myrtle Point, OR)

FORTNA partners with the world’s leading brands to transform omnichannel and parcel distribution operations. Known world-wide for enabling companies to keep pace with digital disruption and growth objectives, we design and deliver solutions, powered by intelligent software, to optimize fast, accurate and cost-effective order fulfillment and last mile delivery. Our people, innovative approach and proprietary algorithms and tools ensure optimal operations design and material and information flow. We deliver exceptional value every day to our customers with comprehensive services and products including network strategy, distribution center operational design and implementation, material handling automated equipment, robotics and a comprehensive suite of lifecycle services.

At FORTNA, we believe in fostering a workplace that isn't just a job but a movement – a collective effort to redefine success and transform challenges into opportunities. "Join the Movement" encapsulates our commitment to a workplace culture that thrives on collaboration, celebrates diversity, and empowers every individual to contribute to something greater than themselves. Our Team. Our Passion. Our Approach.

This Engineering position will be responsible for the preparation and modification of drawings, specifications, calculations, charts and graphs under immediate supervision. This position will support projects utilizing an understanding or background of concepts, practices, and procedures within the conveyor and automation engineering field to support multiple project efforts for Fortna’s Clients. This position will also be required to support the day-to-day activities of the engineering department and project engineering group. This position could lead smaller, noncomplex projects including retro fits and new equipment facility projects. The incumbent will need good material handling design skills, the ability to apply learned knowledge to complete tasks as assigned and a willingness to increase knowledge.


  • Supporting projects in the Operations Design/Solutions Development phase and their transition into the Detail Design/Implementation phase.
  • Supporting projects throughout the Integrated Detail Design (IDD) and Implementation phases. This will include RFP/Supplier Selection, detailed conveying design, ordering of equipment, reviewing Supplier Approval Drawings, development of installation drawing packages, and support of installation contractor, Project Manager, and Site Manager with installation efforts.
  • Assisting in all required portions of a project through the requirements engineering and final engineering (implementation) processes including engineering budget, schedule-tracking, submitting weekly status reports and maintaining the Engineering Project Workbook.
  • Taking ownership of all responsibilities of a project to ensure success.
  • Acting as the conduit in engineering to ensure an on-time and under budget implementation.
  • Demonstrating leadership qualities and providing proactive communications regarding project status updates and assignments.
  • Acting as the conduit in engineering to ensure an on-time and under budget implementation.
  • Attending project meetings and Client meetings as required by project cadence and providing meeting minutes to team members.
  • Requirements Engineering and Procurement Phase:
  • Supporting internal kick off and efforts to transition from Ops Design.
  • Leading detail design (utilizing AutoCAD, DCdesigner, DCconceptor {Fortna’s propriety 3D drawing tools}), design lock with Client (signature required), and preparing all bills of material (BOMs).
  • Leading internal design reviews, engineering weekly meeting, and publishing weekly engineering status reports. Setup QC reviews with Senior Project Engineers.
  • During procurement, supporting Client meetings, identifying potential suppliers, setting up tier levels, supporting request for proposal (RFP) generation, scorecard development, and reviewing and supporting supplier presentations and site visits.
  • Estimating coordination, confirming and supporting capital budgets, and attending all price reviews.
  • Helping to develop implementation schedule and budget.
  • Tracking engineering schedule, budgets, and resource planning (report to engineering directors).
  • Scheduling and phasing review within engineering.
  • Interfacing with contractor/architect. Conducting site visits to determine and validate field dimensions.
  • Updating Pre-Functional Specification Document (PFSD) and supporting FSD generation.
  • Implementation Phase:
  • Leading final engineering effort and engineering weekly meeting, publishing weekly engineering status reports (consolidated from electrical engineering, design engineering, technical services), tracking engineering schedule and budgets, and resource planning (report to engineering directors).
  • Working to ensure the original business case is being satisfied.
  • Attending project kick-off meeting and reviewing the description of operation.
  • Leading ITS project introduction meeting/internal kick-off (w/pre-read document).
  • Assist in developing RFPs for suppliers (MHE, S&S, and Installation services)
  • Reviewing MHE System implementation plan with the project manager and the site manager (includes phasing).
  • Ensuring drawing quality control and quality assurance needed to provide a good implementation and supporting DQC Process (Mechanical & Electrical).
  • Leading final drawing approval with the Client.
  • Facilitating meetings: speeds and feeds, design reviews, etc.
  • Coordinating all prototype efforts (plans, signoff, budgets, etc.).
  • Coordinating onsite engineering support during installation and during commissioning.
  • Ensuring Client’s key objectives remain in focus.
  • Managing project during testing and go-live.
  • Managing project close-out and final documents including project review and lessons learned.
  • General
  • Traveling as needed for project support.
  • Continually seeking work to maintain project utilization (billable hours)
  • Utilizing current design practices for material handling systems.
  • Adhering to all Fortna and department standards and helping to improve them.
  • Leading, attending and documenting all required meetings.
  • Maintaining good design notes.
  • Attending company training as required.
  • Responding to and following up communications in a timely manner.
  • Being available, approachable, and reliable.
  • Continuously working to solve Client needs.
  • Constantly working to expand knowledge of industry best practices and latest technology.
  • Supporting generation and enhancement of department standard documentation and procedures to improve the quality and efficiency of the Engineering Group.
  • Supporting development of lessons learned document.
  • Maintaining and tracking project budgets, providing PM and management team with insight to past and visibility of possible budget variances.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering from an accredited college with 5 years of relevant experience, or Associate degree in Engineering with 7 years of relevant experience, or high school diploma with 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD with practical experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Experience in meeting and design session leadership and facilitation.
  • Ability to present in front of a large group including all stakeholders.
  • Experience in standard design of relevant material handling equipment and general operational knowledge of distribution centers.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with and manage multiple suppliers.
  • Ability to manage schedules and budgets for projects.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work remotely.
  • Willingness to expand knowledge of industry best practices and latest innovations in the industry.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to with others including remote resources in multiple time zones using conference calls, webcasts, webinars, video conferencing, or other forms of digital communication.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically (10-20%) and internationally (possess active passport).
  • Ability to perform essential functions of the job.


  • Consulting, operations and/or distribution experience in supply chain logistics.
  • Experience in material handling equipment.
  • AutoCAD 3D and knowledge of DCconceptor/DCdesigner.

The base salary range for this role is $55,800 to $83,700. This base salary range represents the low and high end of the base salary range for this position. Actual base salary offered will vary based on various factors including but not limited to location, level, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and performance. This job description describes the general nature and level of work expected of a person assigned to this position. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. It is the policy of FORTNA and its affiliated companies to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, citizenship status (if authorized to work in the U.S.), or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, FORTNA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Mechanical Engineer
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