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R&D / Engineering Technician

Company: Highwater Marine, LLC/Pontoon Boat, LLC
Location: Elkhart
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description


Godfrey Marine, a division of Polaris Industries, designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets a full offering of pontoon, deck, and sport boats. Our industry-leading brands, Godfrey Pontoons and Hurricane Deck Boats, are renowned for their quality and innovation throughout the U.S., Canada, and Caribbean. Both brands were instrumental in the creation of their markets. Godfrey was notable in inventing the pontoon segment and Hurricane leads the deck boat market which it also invented. Together, these brands are focused on the manufacturing of boats that offer the best time on the water and are fun for the whole family.

Every member of the Godfrey Marine team lives by a higher standard, driven by core values that guide us toward being our very best for our teammates, our customers, and our company. These values are captured in our commitment to authenticity, integrity, respect, accountability, innovation, and positive attitudes. We understand that our legacy of superior products and service is a result of who we are as individuals, and this helps us achieve excellence as a team. We value diversity and embrace all our team members. With a state-of-the-art production facility, Godfrey Marine offers employees a modern, comfortable workplace with a strong benefits package including a 401k; Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); Ten (10) Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off (Vacation); a Discount Apparel Program; Product Rental on Indian Motorcycle, Rangers and Slingshots; and a Whole Goods Discount Program, with a reduced price to purchase a Ranger, Razor, Indian Motorcycles, Bennington / Godfrey pontoons and Hurricane deck boats.


TITLE: R D / Engineering Technician


DEPARTMENT: Engineering

REPORTS TO: Benoit Renaud


Employee must have high initiative to seek out solutions to processes of manufacturing and building of product. This is a highly flexible role to aid product engineering and assist with new product development. This function is to build and test our products to NMMA / ABYC Standards by developing procedures and equipment for consistency. This will require to set up and run a physical test of the part using NMMA/ABYC requirements and beyond as in cycle testing for approval. Once part is proven to be successful, testing will need to be documented in an appropriate manor. This role will assist the engineering team in the R D of new product helping to maintain new product to DFM and building proof of concept prototypes. Assisting with boat testing is required. DOT certification to tow boat and Forklift certification will be a requirement. Knowledge of materials and processes used in our boat building are an asset. FRP lamination and repair, wood cutting, aluminum forming and welding, machining, etc.

The position will report to the R D supervisor/ Engineering manager and will also be expected to work under their own initiative. There is a need for excellent communication and the continued maintenance of relationships with all staff, vendors and customers.


  • Understand ABYC/NMMA requirements.
  • Test new product to ensure design will hold up to marine environment. To capture ABYC requirements and cycle testing to ensure longevity of mechanisms as well.
  • Set up system to cycle test, includes setting up well engineered reliable automated fixtures. Documenting results in an organized fashion.
  • Mocking up designs for proof of concept, Building DV boats, Performance testing.
  • Taking initiative to get and provide information to the engineering team to push forward progress on any given project.
  • Being proactive to prepare a new staging area for new projects coming in. Tearing down projects once complete and stowing certain items away for future use in a well thought organized manor.
  • Must have creativity to see solutions in the development prototype phases to overcome any challenges that may arise.
  • Occasionally assist with production when needed.
  • Assist in equipment maintenance (Trailers, trucks, machine tools, etc.)
  • Instrumental is the 5S activities in the workshop area.
  • Follow all safety rules and policies.
  • Boat building experience is a plus.

    ---Performs other duties as assigned



    • Associate degree in engineering or experience equivalent
    • Marine experience is a plus
    • Knowledge of material and processes used in boat building is a plus


      • Safety Glasses (When out on plant floor)
      • Safety Shoes (When out on plant floor)

        NOTE:This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Keywords: Highwater Marine, LLC/Pontoon Boat, LLC, Elkhart , R&D / Engineering Technician, Professions , Elkhart, Indiana

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