R&D Engineer




Richmond, VA


Position summary

R&D Engineer

Take your next career step at ABB with a global team that is energizing the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. At ABB, we have the clear goal of driving diversity and inclusion across all dimensions: gender, LGBTQ+, abilities, ethnicity and generations. Together, we are embarking on a journey where each and every one of us, individually and collectively, welcomes and celebrates individual differences.

As an R&D Engineer on the Power Protection team, you will be responsible for creating and evaluating the design of equipment, systems or installations, including specifications for manufacturing, fabrication or construction. This position supports ABB’s Electrification Smart Power Division in Richmond, Virginia, In this role, you will utilize your extensive skills and technical expertise to generate mechanical design project requirements, design and test to meet those requirements, document your design, and participate in cost reduction and coordination with other technical teams within our Power Protection business.

This position reports to

Research Department Manager

Your responsibilities

  • Contribute to the mechanical design deliverables (design and documentation) required for the development of new or enhanced models of power protection equipment.
  • Work with others cross-functionally to deliver designs in a timely manner with high-quality deliverables that meet customer expectations and project requirements.
  • Contribute to design reviews and verification following the established design review process, providing feedback on designs and making modifications.
  • Design and release mechanical prototypes, support the fabrication of those prototypes, and lead the improvement process following prototype fabrication.
  • Lead product design improvement opportunities to reduce product cost.
  • Provide support in converting conceptual designs into engineering documentation and maintaining existing products.
  • Work with all areas of the business (production, supply chain, service, etc.) to ensure products being developed or enhanced meet the needs of the entire business.

Your background

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from ABET accredited university with 2+ years of experience required.
  • Knowledge of solid modeling CAD design software (Solidworks, etc.) required.
  • Collaborative, solution-focused approach and strong written and spoken communication skills.
  • Experienced in thermal and structural evaluation, and PLM software a plus.
  • Experience interpreting and applying electrical safety standards (UL/IEC, etc.) is a plus.
  • Knowledge of sheet metal design, detail part drawings, assembly drawings, and design for manufacturing in all the above.
  • Project Management experience with hands on experience in manufacturing environment is a plus.
  • Candidates must already have a work authorization that would permit them to work for ABB in the US.


  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Healthcare plan
  • Wellbeing program

More about us

ABB Smart Power is a global technology leader, with products and solutions that make power supplies smart, connected and protected. Its intelligent products and solutions make power more competitive by improving the energy efficiency, productivity and reliability of almost any operation. We look forward to receiving your application. If you want to discover more about ABB, take another look at our website https://www.abb.com. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at ABB ABB is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizen status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, family medical leave status, or protected veterans status. For more information regarding your (EEO) rights as an applicant, please visit the following websites: https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-10/EEOC_KnowYourRights_screen_reader_10_https://20.pdf https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_https://formattedESQA508c.pdf As an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, applicants may request to review the Affirmative Action Plan of a particular ABB facility between the hours of 9:00 https://A.M. - 5:00 https://P.M. EST Monday through Friday by contacting an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762. Protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ABB's career site as a result of your disability. You may request reasonable accommodations by calling an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762 or by sending an email to US-AskHR@https://abb.com. Resumes and applications will not be accepted in this manner.#LI-Hybrid

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