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Smalley LZ - Lake Zurich, IL

About us

Smalley Steel Ring Company is the market leader in the industrial retaining ring and wave/compression spring manufacturing business. Our ingenuity, dedicated associates, engineering expertise, and technical ability are driving our success, holding over 50 years of manufacturing experience supplying the aerospace, automotive, and other industrial markets. We take pride in ourselves, the quality of our innovative products, our focus on continuous improvement, and the service of excellence that we provide to our loyal customers.

Smalley is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we will empower you to push the boundaries of what is possible. We aim to continuously build upon a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion with a continued focus on the human in human capital.

What is in it for you?

From Bags Tournaments to Spirit Days to an Annual Walk for Cancer Awareness, we believe in fostering a fun, collaborative, and diverse work environment that supports one another and our communities.

Smalley Values

Teamwork, Integrity, Trust, Respect, Accountability, Empathy, Commitment, Humility, Communication and Quality.

Job Summary

We have an opening for a Design Engineer in our Engineering Department! This group provides technical support to our customers with product and/or service needs. The Design Engineer is responsible for working directly with customers to determine part requirements, and transfer those into a design, working with the customer on size, environment, functionality, etc.


  • Daily customer interaction to complete designs
  • Work directly with various departments when quoting a design to understand the effects it may have on costs, performance, and quality
  • Support the sales team with sales goals and managing customers expectations
  • Work directly with manufacturing to adjust design as necessary
  • Occasionally work with R&D on various projects


  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field
  • 2-5 years of experience
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers
  • Ability to work under deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be fluent in English, bi-lingual a plus
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis

What we offer

Smalley offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including 401(k) savings plan with company match; profit sharing, health, dental, vision. Company paid life insurance, STD and LTD; supplemental life insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and 10 company paid holidays.

EEO/Affirmative Action

Smalley is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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