Prototype Specialist
Job Details
Madison Studio - Madison, WI
About the Job

In this role you will utilize your fabrication skills to create models and prototypes of varying levels of fidelity depending on the task at hand. As a collaborative member of the project team, you will influence fabrication technique selection and apply your ingenuity to ensure we are building the right prototype at the right time. No two projects are the same, so your daily tasks will remain diversified, and your exposure to cutting edge product development will inspire you to do great work. Your access to a comprehensive Prototyping Shop will provide you with the tools required to hone your craft and continuously learn.



  • Configure and operate a variety of machines to fabricate prototype parts, various model types, functional prototypes, temporary tooling, and fixtures for mechanical or electromechanical devices or equipment according to engineering and design databases, sketches, prints, and specifications
  • Study drawings, sketches, and databases of proposed product designs and confers with engineering/design personnel to plan design details, recommend design improvements, material selection, and appropriate model processes or operations
  • Determine which machines, tooling, and sequence of operations necessary to produce model and prototype parts, utilizing knowledge of machining and fabricating techniques
  • Utilize external rapid prototyping processes/services to enhance/optimize internal capabilities and resources
  • Operate machines, such as manual and CNC milling machines, lathes, metalworking and woodworking equipment
  • Inspect, fit, assemble, and de-bug model and prototype parts/assemblies to verify intended appearance and function
  • Suggest structural or operational modifications or rework of component parts as required to help ensure performance improvements
  • Share your perspective of prototype development to the project teams in a collaborative manner


About You


  • Minimum of two-year tech degree in prototyping, CNC machining or related field of study.
  • Ten years of experience in prototyping, fabrication, painting, and CNC machining.


Preferred Qualifications

  • You have a demonstrated passion for creation of three-dimensional artifact
  • You are well-versed in the use of various types of measuring instruments, gauges, and inspection tools
  • You have a broad familiarity with assorted material types, such as metals, plastics, composites, and synthetic resins
  • You are open to learn new fabrication techniques and prescribe to a continuous improvement mentality.
  • You have familiarity with SolidWorks and MasterCam or other 3D CAD / CAM software
  • You have experience with welding and finishing/painting
  • You are an effective communicator and can achieve alignment with other team members to ensure a common understanding of objectives / goals for your contributions and work output
  • You are detail-oriented and have the ability to work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision


Be inspired. Be inspiring. Be yourself.

Delve embraces difference because creativity, curiosity, and diversity drive innovation. We nurture a supportive and inclusive environment. Be yourself and create a future that improves lives. We encourage applicants of color and those with diverse lived experiences to apply.


About Delve

Delve is a multidisciplinary product innovation firm that brings bold ideas to market those guides clients through the complexities of innovation, delivering better, faster, and more sustainable success. For over 55 years, Delve has mobilized the best experts and technologies for its clients, completing over 10,000 client projects, producing over 1,500 patents, and winning over 200 design awards.

Delve serves ambitious start-ups to Fortune 500 clients in the healthcare, consumer, and commercial industries, delivering innovation through advanced expertise in research, strategy, design, and engineering. Delve has placed innovation studios in Boston, Madison, Philadelphia, and San Francisco to attract forward- thinking leaders to solve complex product challenges through human-centered design.