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Product Development Engineer - Engineering

Job Location: Duncan, SC
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Engineering

AFL provides industry-leading fiber optic products and services across the globe. Our company was founded in 1984 with a single fiber optic cable and now we manufacture over two thousand products, employ over 5,000 associates and consistently generate annual sales in excess of a billion-dollars in revenue. With our commitment to professional growth and employee development, let AFL Connect you to your next career opportunity!

Job Description

This individual will be part of a high-performing team responsible for the design and development of fiber optic cable products and technologies. This person will be responsible for leading projects that launch the products and technologies that enable AFL to continue its strong growth in new and existing markets. Responsibilities

  • Lead new product development projects from Concept through Design, Development, Testing and Industrialization while following a formal stage-gate process
  • Design and develop new cable products utilizing advanced modeling tools and engineering principles.
  • Interface with Product Line Managers, Applications Engineers, Market Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Designers during all phases of product development and to support existing products
  • Apply engineering analysis to make data-driven design decisions
  • Lead and/or contribute to major testing, process, materials, capital, and quality improvement projects
  • Gain and apply comprehensive understanding of fiber optic product installation, test and application methods to all new product development projects
  • Develop, run and analyze experiments for new and existing products, processes, and materials
  • Coordinate and build engineering prototypes for design verification testing
  • Write test plans and oversee development and qualification testing
  • Conduct post design verification testing analysis, as needed, to identify potential design improvement opportunities
  • Apply DFM/DFA principles (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly)
  • Provide internal and external customers with product, applications, and fiber expertise as needed
  • Adhere to and promote the environmental, health & safety policies of AFL
  • Perform other product development related duties as requested, directed or assigned


  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering (or other similar technical discipline/equivalent experience)
  • 5+ years of technical experience conducting Product Development
  • 5+ years of Project Management experience
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing, and teamwork skills
  • Effective time management and organizational skills

Preferred Skills

  • Fiber Optic industry experience, especially design, development, and/or applications
  • Demonstrated ability to create innovative solutions/designs (Patents, Intellectual Property)
  • Process experience in extrusion, stranding, metal forming/welding
  • 7+ years of technical experience conducting Product Development
  • 7+ years Project Management Experience

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.

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