Manufacturing Engineer – RBW

Department: Innovation

Employment Type: Full Time, M-F

Location: Kingston, NY

Worplace Type: Onsite; Core Hours – 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., EST

As a successful Manufacturing Engineer you will apply a structured methodology and lead change management activities. The Manufacturing Engineer is crucial in ensuring the long-term reliability, cost-effectiveness, and compliance of our lighting products. This role supports our ongoing manufacturing efforts, focusing on post-product development similar to sustaining engineer functions, and will work closely with various teams to maintain the high standards of our product offerings. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in engineering, an analytical mindset, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Product Lifecycle Management: Monitor and enhance the performance and reliability of existing products. Address and resolve issues related to product design, manufacturing processes, and material quality to extend product lifespan and ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Manufacturing Support: Collaborate with the manufacturing team to refine production processes and troubleshoot issues on the shop floor. Develop and implement test protocols that ensure product quality and adherence to industry standards.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for cost reduction and process enhancements. Implement changes that improve product quality, reduce production costs, and enhance product performance.
  • Compliance and Documentation: Maintain compliance with industry regulations and standards, including safety and environmental guidelines. Prepare and update documentation required for product certifications and compliance audits.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with R&D, Quality Assurance, and Operations teams to coordinate and communicate changes and improvements. Support the teams in ensuring that designs are feasible and optimized for manufacturing.
  • Technical Expertise and Guidance: Serve as a technical expert in the engineering team, providing insights and guidance on best practices in product sustainability and reliability. Train and mentor junior engineers and technicians

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • 4-7 years experience in Sustaining Engineering activities
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electromechanical, or other technical/analytical field.
  • Lighting industry experience including familiarity with LEDs, PCBs, Drivers, Compliance (UL standards), Control Systems, thermal management simulation and testing.
  • Advanced CAD skills, Onshape preferred, Solidworks or other.
  • Detailed knowledge of raw materials and manufacturing processes (die-casting, extrusion, injection molding, etc) and surface treatments (powder coating, anodizing, etc).
  • Proficiency in using hardware lab equipment.
  • Strong analytical abilities are essential to identify and resolve issues that affect product sustainability and to make informed decisions on product improvements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and document processes and improvement
  • Highly organized with ability to manage processes, timelines and workload for multiple projects.
  • Willingness to learn, adapt, take initiative and embrace challenges.


  • Low-cost Healthcare options, Dental & Vision Insurance plans, Health Savings Account (HSA) & Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Paid Wellness Time, Factory Fitness Space
  • Retirement Savings Plan (401k), Profit Sharing, Continued education reimbursement, Monthly EV car charging credits at Factory location, Exciting Product Discounts
  • Generous Time-Off Policy, Paid Parental Leave & Bonding Leave, 11 Paid Holidays including Floating Holiday, Your Birthday Off, Pet-friendly office, Fully-stocked snacks and beverages, Open & collaborative workspace

About RBW

At RBW, we believe in the power of light to create atmosphere.

Our purpose is to realize the unlimited potential of lighting. We understand that light helps shape our well-being and has the ability to improve everyday life. Through innovative technology, creativity, and refined simplicity we design and manufacture LED fixtures for hospitality, workplace, and residential environments. Our customers and partners embrace our collaborative process of exploration, discovery, and improvement.

Recently awarded Inc. 5000 Magazine Fastest-Growing Private Business and the highest-ranking manufacturer in New York state in 2020. RBW is one of the first Certified B Corporations in the lighting industry.

RBW’s physical environments in both our Factory and Showroom are the common spaces that connect us, bring ideas, concepts, and luminaires to life, all while fostering an enhanced level of presence and communication for our team members.

RBW expects team members to be on-site to continue conversations and enhance collaboration. Please speak with your recruiter to get clarity on on-site expectations for this particular role. With COVID-19 still ongoing and to ensure comfort and safety amongst our team, we are maintaining a mask-optional workplace.

RBW is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and foster an inclusive and respectful workplace for all. We encourage individuals of any race, religion, belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age to apply. Additionally, mental and physical disabilities, parental status, incarceration history, citizen status, veteran status, and political affiliation will not be factors in hiring decisions. Employment decisions are made on the basis of business needs, job requirements, and candidate qualifications. At RBW, we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form to ensure our diverse workforce feels safe and comfortable as members of our team. We strive to be an equitable employer and adhere to providing equal opportunities in all aspects of employment, including compensation, discipline, promotion, and access to benefits.

We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Why Not To Apply

RBW adheres to a set of core values and working principles to ensure a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for all of our team members.

We understand that these values and principles may not be for everyone, and we strongly encourage you to review the below to decide if RBW is the right employer for you.

RBW may not be the best fit if you…
  • Don’t see the importance of an inclusive and diverse workplace.
  • Don’t consider fellow team members’ opinions as important as yours.
  • Focus solely on individual effort and do not value a collective team effort.
  • Cut corners to get things done.
  • Give up at the first sign of a challenge or roadblock.
  • Are uninspired by a calm, tidy, and productive workplace.


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