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Mechanical Engineer

 CIGNYS, based in Saginaw, MI, is a family-owned small business that was founded over 100 years ago. We are a provider of innovative and custom engineered and manufactured solutions tailored to the defense and aerospace industries. 

Our team is a close-knit family that is focused on working hand-in-hand with each other as well as with our customers. Our goal is to provide a partnership based in mutual success. Through hard work, dedication and collaboration, Cignys has earned multiple supplier excellence awards from the upper echelon prime defense contractors.

Job Overview

CIGNYS is in search of a bright minded and highly motivated mechanical engineer to support the design and build of commercial and defense related mechanical and electro mechanical systems. Candidate should have demonstrated experience in the development of said systems with previous experience in the defense or aerospace industry being highly desired.


Interact with customer engineering counterparts to aid in design manufacturability, tolerancing, and best practices to meet their intended form, fit, and function while optimizing methods of feasible manufacturing tailored to our internal processes/ capabilities.

Creation of design proposals and development of designs, in accordance with applicable specifications, standards and customer requirements.


Drive product development from concept through production and customer sign-off.


Generate 3D CAD models and corresponding detail drawings with appropriately toleranced features including the proper use of GD&T.


Ability to calculate multi-part tolerance stack-ups to verify form, fit, and function.


Self-check completed assignments and cross check co-workers completed assignments for fit, accuracy, functionality and manufacturability.


Support Manufacturing in various capacities including aiding in the production, assembly and testing of new and existing products.


Support both internal and external customers


Research high level topics and issues


Perform BSME related calculations


Work on a multitude of projects at one time and prioritize


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • Preferred 10 years of experience in a defense or aerospace related manufacturing environment

  • Familiarity with manufacturing and fabrication processes including but not limited to welding, CNC turning, CNC milling, conversion/ deposited coatings.

  • Positive personality with a hands-on, can-do attitude

  • Accountable with self-awareness

  • Extremely well versed in the fundamentals of statics and mechanics of materials

  • Expertise in 3D CAD design and drawing creation

  • Ability to interpret and apply proper tolerance features and methods including geometric tolerances per ASME Y14.5.

  • Ability to self-check completed assignments and cross check co-workers completed assignments for fit, accuracy, functionality and manufacturability

  • Ability to perform tolerance stack-up analysis

  • Knowledge of ERP / MRP systems

  • Excellent verbal and written skills

  • Ability to work at a high level within cross-departmental teams or individually

  • A minimum requirement to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/ support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.***

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