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ATS Automation Staff Specialist (North American Automotive Manufacturer)- Mechanical Design in Cambridge, Ontario

Staff Specialist (North American Automotive Manufacturer)- Mechanical Design

Join our globally growing team at ATS Industrial Automation where we create complex automation solutions at the highest level that sustainably impact lives around the world.

At ATS, a publicly traded global company with a proud 40-year history, we help drive the future with our factory-wide automation solutions. At ATS Industrial Automation, what we do matters - both to our customers and to their customers. With 1000 skilled employees around the world, we design, build and service mission-critical automated assembly and test solutions for mobility, nuclear and specialty automation. Our customers are leaders in their industries and rely on us to deliver what we promise - on time and on budget. Combined with our broad product portfolio, financial strength and global presence, we provide our customers with the best automation solutions wherever and whenever they need them.


  • Must demonstrate a strong ability to conceptualize and create solutions for complex design requirements, specializing in North American Auto Manufacturer Machine Build Standards

  • Must demonstrate a strong ability to quickly and effectively analyze concepts and designs for viability, reliability and risk.

  • Must be capable of participating in design and detail drawing package reviews while providing feedback to design department team members.

  • Must be able to critique designs and provide feedback based on North American Automaker standards.

  • Must be capable of presenting detailed concepts in front of customers.

  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD, Solidworks and Microsoft Office.

  • Must be capable of working as part of a team.

  • Must be capable of giving and taking direction.

  • Must have strong written and oral communication abilities.

  • Able to independently complete all specific responsibilities with minimal supervision.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the conceptual development of automation solutions for new proposals.

  • Support applications work for the development/concepting and quoting of North American Auto Maker and other automation projects.

  • Produces layout drawings or station concepts in either AutoCAD or Solidworks.

  • Perform engineering calculations in order to validate a systems concept.

  • Review designs from team members, provide guidance and mentorship.

  • Develop technical specifications for customers and vendors.

  • Source and interact with third party vendors and suppliers in the quoting and design process to help develop final solutions.

  • Develop new standards in design and manufacturing in order to bring innovation and lower cost to proposals and design work. Be prepared to provide training courses to the Mechanical Design Department on relevant subjects.

  • Provides detailed estimates of mechanical design hours associated with each concept/ design.

  • Excellent ATS working knowledge based on previous work history, ATS and/or North American Automotive capabilities and standards

  • Works with other members of the Mechanical Engineering department and other teams to continuously improve methods and tools for Mechanical design, driving enhanced modularity, standardization, and functionality.

  • Travels to the customer’s site to assist in system development, working with engineering design specifications, objectives and standards.

General Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all business activities are performed with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the ATS Code of Business Conduct.

  • Adhere to all health and safety rules and procedures.



  • A post secondary diploma or degree in mechanical design, mechanical engineering or equivalent.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in mechanical design, development and qualification of factory automation projects.

  • A minimum of 5 years working directly with North American Auto Maker Specification compliant equipment at Auto Makers facilities.

  • Proven leadership qualities including; good oral and written communication skills, ability to lead and motivate members of the Mechanical Design department, and a willingness to take responsibility for key aspects needed for job completion.

Why should you join ATS Industrial Automation?

  • Be a part of an engaged, empowered and innovative global workforce

  • We offer a robust total rewards package- Competitive starting salaries, comprehensive health and dental benefits, overtime pay, employee bonus, RSP matching, Employee Share Purchase Program

  • We provide awesome work perks such as treat days, gourmet coffee and beverages, subsidized breakfast and lunches in our cafeteria, employee referral bonuses and lots more.

  • We are intentional about your professional growth and development through internal career opportunities and our educational reimbursement program.

ATS is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), 2005 and will, upon request, assist those who may require specific accommodations due to a personal disability. We would ask that those who require assistance to notify our offices as soon as possible if accommodation is necessary

If you're excited about this role, but do not meet all the qualifications listed above, you are still encouraged to apply.