PDT an Astronics Company: Product Design and Development Firm in Chicago, IL


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Mid-Senior Industrial Designer


Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a complete product development and strategy firm located in Lake Zurich, IL. Focused on bringing innovative and exciting products to market, we work in a wide variety of product fields including consumer, medical, defense/public safety and aerospace. Our clients range from start-ups to large corporations, and our work leads us to an exciting variety of materials, technologies, and overall design strategic thinking. We constantly work on projects that combine both current methods and new manufacturing processes with emerging technologies. We are passionate and strive for solutions that are both visually and functionally beautiful.


We are seeking a talented mid-level to senior level Industrial Designer to expand our design team. The ideal candidate has strong sketching and ideation skills, great form sensitivity, ability to communicate ideas verbally and visually, solid 3D CAD skill set, an eye and the drive to seek perfection in every detail and is willing to try new methods. An aptitude for mechanical construction and holistic problem solving is a must.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Creative ideation and conceptualization within team brainstorm sessions
  • Analyze and understand both current trends and trend forecasting across various industries
  • Immerse, investigate and research subject matters quickly
  • Quick and accurate ability to build high-level 3D models to support design development and prototyping
  • Translate brand values into design concepts, graphics, and sculptural form
  • Create solutions that excite and move the market forward
  • Propose color, materials, texture, and patterns as it relates to the full design intent of the product design
  • Support all areas of design with specific tasks including document layout and production, design research, renderings and presentation design
  • Effectively communicate verbally and visually to customers
  • Ability to both lead and support programs
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, Average is about 10%-20% traveling



  • Minimum 5+ years of Industrial Design working experience
  • BA or BS in Industrial Design or similar field
  • Proficiency with design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchbook Pro, and Keyshot
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following CAD software programs: Solidworks, Rhino or Creo Pro Engineer
  • Excellent visual, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Highly skilled hand-sketch ability
  • Field research capabilities a plus
  • Ability to work well independently as well as within a team
  • Ability to lead programs



Full Health, vision and dental coverage

401K with Employer matching

Paid vacation, holidays and personal days


How To Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and online portfolio link to gil.cavada@pdt.com

Portfolio must demonstrate a wide range of products, hand sketches, research and process examples demonstrating form development and creative solutions.


NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.


About PDT

Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Founded in 1995, PDT has grown to become one of the largest product development firms in the country. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including design research, industrial design, user experience development, rapid prototyping, materials science, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, strategy, scouting, and sourcing. PDT's award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 100 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association. For more information, please go to www.pdt.com.



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