Mechanical Engineer ll

Company Name Toray Plastics America, Inc.
Location North Kingstown
Date Posted February 6, 2020
Job Type Full-time


Toray Plastics (America), Inc., located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, is a subsidiary of the Toray Group, which believes that materials can change lives and provide real solutions to the challenges the world faces. The Toray Group, headquartered in Japan, is the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films, employs more than 45,000 people at sites in 26 countries and regions, and has annual sales exceeding US$21 billion.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., (TPA) is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, and metallized films, and polyolefin, polypropylene, and polyethylene foams. The company is committed to environmental, social, and corporate governance and aims to contribute to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products that help address global issues. R&D is focused on the development of materials that are fossil fuel-free, compostable, biodegradable, and/or recyclable. The company’s sustainability initiative includes the operating of one of Rhode Island’s larger solar farms and two cogeneration systems, energy and water conservation, recycling, and zero landfill.

At Toray Plastics (America), people come first. Leadership here values all employees, encourages personal excellence and company-wide collaboration, and prioritizes safety. That focus has contributed to a high level of employee satisfaction and is integral to Toray’s success as a global innovator in its core markets. Learn more by visiting

We currently have an opportunity available for a Mechanical Engineer. Reporting to the Mechanical Engineering Manager, the Mechanical Engineer will ensure successful execution of the specification, design, qualification, and installation of new and modified capital equipment starting with small projects now while developing skills to increase the size and scope of multiple large projects by directing contractors and vendors.

The engineering group works on a wide array of equipment to support the Lumirror Division which is both an industrial plant and a chemical plant.  The group designs equipment in-house, specifies equipment from vendors, oversees contractors for installation, tests and starts equipment up. We also support other divisional groups as needed.

As a Mechanical Engineer you will be involved with a wide array of construction and equipment such as; building modifications & construction, power transmission equipment (motors, gearboxes, shafting, bearings, couplings, clutches, brakes, etc.), small and large rotating equipment, piping, pumps, blowers, vacuum systems, pneumatics, hydraulics, tanks, pressure vessels, bulk storage silos, exhaust systems, HVAC and many more.

The work of the engineering group is challenging and diverse.  While there is detailed design work, the position is not just sitting at a desk.  Each engineer oversees their project including directing contractors to perform installation work.  Projects allow for tremendous learning and growth.


  • Coordinate, direct and lead engineering efforts to ensure optimum engineering of assigned projects to meet schedule requirements for the installation and modification of production equipment.
  • Mechanical design and development of equipment. From modifications to new processes.  Including detailed mechanical drawings detailed for machining and fabrication, along with sizing and selecting power transmission systems and auxiliary equipment, sizing various fluid systems, HVAC, exhaust, pneumatic, water and steam.
  • Interface with vendors and contractors on a regular basis to resolve issues.
  • Facilitate communication between vendors and TPA Production, Technical, Sales, Maintenance, and Engineering groups.
  • Maintain cost controls through interaction with the accounting group.
  • Coordinate meetings from kick-off through production trials.
  • Create and monitor project timelines.
  • Develop and establish cost estimates and project options to support the quoting function.
  • Supervise contractors and vendors for project installations.

Education and Experience

We are seeking candidates with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (required) with 3-10 years of design and project management experience.  The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to research and learn.  With the scope covered by the group, the position is a continuous learning process.

Additional requirements include:

  • Strong technical skills in materials, manufacturing, quality, and product design skills.
  • Ability to use CAD to design equipment and associated systems along with facility layouts. We work in a varity of platforms both 3D and 2D.
  • Ability to determine if tooling, equipment and part designs meet requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated superior communication, teamwork, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to accurately quote design, tools/equipment, and parts.
  • Ability to develop and meet project schedules, along with contingency plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop project budgets and meet financial goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and develop future needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to think out of the box and recommend options.
  • Ability to lead others. Responsibility may include direct supervision of outside contractors.
  • Demonstrated broad understanding of capabilities and technologies of the facility, suppliers, and customers.
  • High level of proficiency with solid modeling software (Autodesk Inventor preferred), AutoCad, MS Office, and MS Project.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc. is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination based on any protected status, workplace harassment/bullying and retaliation for filing a complaint or providing information related to a complaint. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and medical-related conditions), age (40 and over), national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local laws.

It is the policy of Toray Plastics (America) Inc. to maintain a work environment that is safe for all persons, including the community, and conducive to attaining high work standards. To achieve these objectives, we are committed to maintaining a drug, tobacco and alcohol-free workplace and perform pre-employment testing.