Product Development Project Engineer | Brainerd


Technical expert of Lexington manufacturing capabilities who provides technical advisement for new product design, testing and evaluation, as well as developing manufacturing methods, costs, tooling and equipment for new products.



  1. Assist in the development and R & D effort to introduce new products to Lexington and oversee the design, testing, and evaluation of assigned projects.
  2. Assist in the generation of quality specifications for a product family, in developing and implementing manufacturing methods, costing, tooling, and equipment to support the manufacture of new products.
  3. Lead projects through the Product Development Phase Gate process to ensure successful completion to time and budget goals.
  4. Provide technical support for management, customers, production and maintenance.
  5. Evaluate new materials and products that can improve current product performance.
  6. Prepare engineering change orders for Product Development projects.
  7. Collaborate with Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing on Product Development projects.
  8. Lead and coordinate Fire testing projects both R&D and 3rd party certification.


QUALIFICATIONS (minimum requirements of education & experience, knowledge, special skills, abilities, attributes, credentials, ability to endure conditions of work environment, etc. required to perform the job).

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline. 5+ years experience in manufacturing or project management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, prints, or government regulations.
  • Excellent communication skills to write reports, business correspondence, instructions and procedures.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate different materials and compounds to improve product cost, performance and quality.
  • Proficiency in defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions.  Knowledge of SPC, Root Cause analysis, DoE and FMEA.
  • Proficiency with utilizing computer systems/software for manufacturing support and related functions including using AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Proven ability to use experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, with a wide degree of creativity and latitude expected.
  • Proven ability to work positively on a team, and to function well under general work pressure.
  • Ability to learn the Lexington manufacturing process and to establish a time standard for each operation.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail.



This position requires the ability to work at a desk in an office setting and on the production floor and in different locations of the facility. The production area is in a warehouse environment with varying hot and cold temperatures. Due to loud noise and dust levels, hearing and eye protection is required (and provided by Lexington). The conditions and material used may be dusty or dirty at times.

This position requires varying degrees of standing, walking, lifting, bending, twisting and reaching with hands/arms. The position requires use of vision to inspect materials, product and machines. May require travel to customer sites on occasion.

Lexington is a highly successful business that emphasizes our values of Safety, Honesty/Integrity, People Involvement, Customer Satisfaction, and Continuous Improvement. People who work for Lexington say they love the family-like atmosphere and our focused approach to work/family balance.

Lexington Manufacturing makes a multitude of engineered wood components for windows,doors, and other mill work and related industries, as well as fire-rated door components for the commercial and residential door industry. Lexington was established in 1981 and has facilities in Brainerd and Coon Rapids.

Beliefs & Philosophies

“Building Relationships, Creating Solutions, Delivering Value.”

Lexington Manufacturing is dedicated to providing our customers with innovative, market-leading products that are delivered with integrity and value. Our commitment to service and quality is proven — by providing innovative solutions, quality products and short lead times since our company was founded in 1981.

Lexington is fully dedicated to the safe work practices of our associates and visitors alike. We firmly believe that everyone’s safety is essential. With this belief we will work under safe conditions and forever seek continuous improvement practices.

Lexington management is committed to operating its business in a manner which reflects the highest levels of personal and professional ethics. We treat coworkers, customers, and suppliers with respect, fairness and honesty.

Lexington is committed to the fact that our customer relationships are the cornerstone of our future. It is absolutely necessary to understand our customers need for product quality and service. Once a commitment is made to a customer, every effort must be made to fulfill that obligation.

We believe that through the application of lean methods and progressive management of our people, technological, and financial resources we will achieve continuous improvement of our service for our customers, long term security for our employees, and continued growth and profitability for our company.

We believe that employees are Lexington’s most important resource. Employees should take an active part in setting their own goals, carefully balancing family and work commitments. Employees’ participation on productivity teams lends to an environment that fosters change, creates opportunity for growth and encourages teamwork and employee involvement.

We believe in a minimum number of management levels and that responsibility should be pushed down as far into the organization as possible. Simple, efficient systems and company wide open communication will promote good morale and support the company vision.