Dec 09, 2020


  • Beretta USA Corp.
  • Accokeek, MD, USA
Full time Firearms Industry Outdoor Industry Design Engineering Industrial Design Manufacturing Product Development Project Management

Job Description


The Sr. Product Design Engineer is responsible for all matters related to product (firearm) design and transition into production. This includes research and development, design, improvement, problem solving, failure analysis, testing, procedures, internal communication & documentation, supplier interface during development, project management, project budgeting, and product cost tracking. 


·  Manage product development programs/projects and ensure that safety, cost, quality, and schedule are established and maintained 

· Responsible for the development of new product families and expansion of existing product 

· Manage various projects supporting internal stage gate development process 

· Develop test plans, conduct, manage, and control product testing in support of R&D Quality/Test personnel 

· Partner with Product Marketing to write technical product procedures and specifications 

· Design and evaluate new products and components 

· Generate complex CAD components and mechanisms for new products 

· Assess and verify through calculation and/or FEM analysis of required safety and functioning of firearm mechanisms and components of mechanical stress and consequent related expected duration 

· Utilize proven and establish problem-solving techniques to generate solutions to design problems and in support of production issues 

· Investigate and introduce product improvements (cost, performance, manufacturability, quality, etc...) 

· Responsible for the development of virtual prototyping capabilities, modeling methods, innovative materials, and technologies 

· Forecast, propose, and assess new technologies and materials 

· Support innovation through patents, trademarks, design, and authorship’s rights 

· Assist in the management of and apply for intellectual property protection as appropriate according to US, European, and International laws, and regulations 

· Support strategic objectives and product planning efforts 

· Mentor and support engineering staff while overseeing multiple R&D projects and

· Generate and maintain Item Definitions and Bills of Materials for products 

· Assist and partner with other departments including Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Sales with product-related projects, questions and product concerns or issues 

· Support efforts to bring about a “design for manufacturing/design to cost” philosophy in developing new products 

· Other tasks as assigned 


· Knowledge of small arms design and manufacturing methods strongly preferred 

· Dimensional and tolerance relationship, tolerance studies, familiar with 3 Sigma design and manufacturing concept 

· Knowledge of manufacturing, machining, finishing, and assembly methods/processes required 

· Knowledge of material science, familiarity with commonly used materials, related heat treatments, and surface coatings in small arms design 

· Comprehension of product development stage gate processes 

· Experience with developing project budgets and supporting capital expenditure activities 

· Geometric tolerancing (ANSI Y14.5) and advanced drafting skills 

· Strong problem-solving abilities 

· Advanced mathematical skills required; background in FEM analysis a preferred 

· Strong computer and software skills required (PC and CAD); experience with Siemens NX preferred 

· Ability to generated indented Bills of Material 

· Experience with MRP and ERP systems with integration into factory planning 

· Excellent oral and written communication skills 

· Excellent leadership skills and the ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment 

· Excellent organizational, presentation, and customer service skills 

· Ability and willingness to mentor technical/engineering personnel 

· Knowledge and understanding of quality management systems 

· Ability to self-manage and prioritize in a demanding environment in support of both developmental and production activities that are critical to business success 


· Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology (mechanical/aerospace preferred); or Master's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology or equivalent combination of experience and education 

· Minimum 10 years practical engineering/design experience in small arms, handgun experience preferred 

· CAD experience in two-dimensional drafting and three-dimensional solid design 

· Project management experience in a cross-functional environment 

· In depth working knowledge of handgun design and function strongly preferred 


Work is performed in a professional group office environment as well as laboratory
and test range environments.  Requires the ability to physically and safely test, evaluate and maintain various firearms including pistols, rifles and shotguns (semiautomatic, bolt action, pump action, fully automatic) including extensive live fire testing. Requires the ability to lift 50 lbs. 


Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.  

Beretta USA, Corp. is an EEO/AA employer and committed to
creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness
across our organizations.   






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17601 Beretta Dr, Accokeek, MD 20607

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