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Materials Engineer and Technologist

Date: Jul 9, 2018

Location: Carthage, MO, US

Company: Leggett & Platt Incorporated

With more than a century of experience helping people sleep better and more bedding technology patents than anyone else in the world, Leggett & Platt is the leading innovator in the sleep industry. We are seeking a design-focused Mechanical/Materials Engineer with a strong background in materials to work with our Adjustable Bed Group to plan, organize, integrate, and complete engineering projects. We need you to help us develop the next lighter, stronger, more cost-effective market leading products.  This position is at our IDEA Center facility in Carthage MO.   


Essential Responsibilities

  • Develop new uses for known materials that could be used in our products
  • Develop test procedures for new materials and implement testing
  • Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to product design objectives
  • Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection based on design objectives, such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost.
  • Guide technical staff in developing material for specific uses in our products.
  • Direct a wide variety of projects including drafting, product design, creating prototypes and production models, tradeshow samples, and product testing
  • Plan and implement project, shop, and test activities per internal and external customer requirements
  • Develop and maintain project schedules to ensure timely completion
  • Review product drawings for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer requirements
  • Evaluate design changes, specifications, and drawing releases
  • Consult with senior level engineers and managers on best methods of integrating new products into the manufacturing phase and handling warranty and customer service concerns



  • Bachelors of Degree
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks preferred or other engineering software.


Desired Competencies

  • Innovation - Possessing original thinking and creativity.  Presenting ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention
  • Resourcefulness – Overcoming obstacles and constructing ideas for producing exceptional results
  • Creativity – Generating creative solutions and being able to translate concepts and information into images
  • Teamwork – Balancing team and individual responsibilities, giving and receiving feedback, and supporting everyone’s efforts to succeed
  • Knowledgeable in wood products, steel, foams, fibers, fabrics, and plastics. 
  • Experience with steel forming and machining and fabrication preferred.


We offer competitive compensation, including a comprehensive benefits package. While benefits may vary by location, we typically include: medical, dental, vision, discount stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts, and more


Leggett & Platt is a global diversified manufacturer of a wide range of engineered products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. We value innovative and passionate people with a track record of success and offer competitive compensation, including a comprehensive benefits package and opportunities for professional development and career growth.


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