Opportunities at NIDEC-SHIMPO

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NIDEC-SHIMPO is a friendly, Multicultural Working Environment with Equal Respects to Teamwork and Individual Achievement.

NIDEC-SHIMPO provides a competitive compensation package to attract and retain valuable, long-term employees, including the following: competitive salary, full benefits package including, health and dental insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, life, and long term care insurance, vacation and personal days, 10 paid holidays, company matched 401(K) plan, health club reimbursement, and employee assistance program.

NIDEC-SHIMPO AMERICA CORPORATION is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application Engineer

Glendale Heights, IL, USA

NIDEC-SHIMPO has established itself as a leading supplier of force related technologies and solutions. Established in 1952, SHIMPO located its corporate headquarters and main production facility in Kyoto, Japan. With traditional roots that began imbedded in the development of mechanical variable speed powertrains, SHIMPO grew into a more diverse manufacturer of force related components, systems, and services.

NIDEC-SHIMPO AMERICA has been supporting the North America market for more than 30 years in the Chicago, IL area. Their newly located headquarters in Glendale Heights, Illinois provides resources and infrastructure to facilitate the long-term expansion plans for North America.

We are seeking a highly motivated, self-driven Application Engineer that has the ability to perform in a dynamic environment. The primary responsibility of the person in this position will be to assist and support existing and potential customers in the selection, application and commissioning of the proper precision gearing products that deliver the optimum solution for the customer’s machine and process applications. To further leverage their product knowledge, this individual will organize, create and provide the information, tools and training necessary for the effective sales and support of NIDEC-SHIMPO products in the market. In addition to directly supporting our customers and sales team, the applications engineer will provide valuable feedback to the company management and R&D organization to enhance existing products and develop appropriate new products for the target customer markets.

This position will be based out of our North American Headquarters in Glendale Heights, Illinois.


Provide answers to technical questions from distributors, OEMs and end users, as well as NIDEC-SHIMPO sales, customer service and other department personnel concerning the proper and optimum sizing and selection of the full range of gearing products offered by NIDEC-SHIMPO.

Analyze customer requirements, then develop and write formal technical specifications and proposals for the application and integration of the optimum products to meet their needs.
Prepare formal presentation material and assist in giving product demonstrations and presentations at customer sites, trade show exhibitions and on-site at our facility when customers visit. Occasionally travel on joint-calls with or without sales force to facilitate sales or post-sales cycle.

Continuously work with sales groups to gauge marketability of features and demand for products. Study growing trends in the market and make product development recommendations in line with company strategies.

Investigate competitive product features and performance to identify technical strengths and weaknesses as they relate to our respective products and solutions.

Evaluate changes to designs, implement adaptations and develop appropriate supportive documents for existing as well as new products within the NIDEC-SHIMPO portfolio. Communicate as needed with global headquarters in Japan to facilitate the approval of new products or product modifications.

Create and maintain bills of material; change BOMs as needed, and update price lists. Maintain repair parts drawings and modifications requirements.

Work with engineering and sales groups to recognize and diagnose chronic problems and failure mechanisms and provide solutions to improve product quality and performance.

Interact with marketing services department in the technological and informational development of product catalogs and literature, instruction and operating manuals and the company website.

Properly document and submit warranty/repair procedures and cost to enhance efficiency, profitability, and excellent customer service.

Participate in meetings, seminars and training sessions to stay appraised of new developments in the field. Acquire new technology skills through attendance at in-house training seminars as well as commercial or academic training courses.

Maintain discretion with and confidentiality of all company related information.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering documents, schematics, diagrams, electrical circuits and procedure manuals

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as calculus, differential equations, analytic geometry, trigonometry, and algebra. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Knowledge of AutoCAD, 3D Modeling Software, enterprise resource planning software, spreadsheet software, word processing software and presentation software. Willingness to learn proprietary sizing and selection software programs provided by outside parties.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and co-workers via telephone, email and in-person communications. Strong written and verbal communication skills with a minimal fear of public speaking.

Ability to deal with a variety of complex issues simultaneously and to follow through to completion.

Attention to detail and desire for accuracy combined with strong organizational and time management skills. Initiative and desire to contribute to company goals.

Ability to travel and work additional hours as necessary and appropriate.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (preferably ME or EE) or equivalent; five to seven years of experience in a related industry.


At NIDEC-SHIMPO we see employment as a reciprocal relationship; one where we set high standards for those who work here, but also recognize and reward our team members for their contributions in the form of various company benefits.

  • Competitive compensation
  • Monthly and Quarterly bonus program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD and LTC Insurance
  • Generous 401k match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Relations Events
  • Health club membership reimbursements

If you possess the passion and enthusiasm to bring an extraordinary experience to customers and work in a high energy team, we want to hear from you!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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