Prototype Specialist


Madison, WI



Delve is looking for a hands-on Prototype Specialist to assist our teams with bringing concepts to life.

In this role you will utilize your fabrication skills to create models and prototypes of varying levels of fidelity depending on the task at hand. As a collaborative member of the project team, you will influence fabrication technique selection and apply your ingenuity to ensure we are building the right prototype at the right time. No two projects are the same, so your daily tasks will remain diversified, and your exposure to cutting edge product development will inspire you to do great work. Your access to a comprehensive Prototyping Shop will provide you with the tools required to hone your craft and continuously learn.

What we’re looking for

If the responsibilities below are a good match with your skills and career path, we’d love to talk with you!

  • Configure and operate a variety of machines to fabricate prototype parts, various model types, functional prototypes, temporary tooling, and fixtures for mechanical or electromechanical devices or equipment according to engineering and design databases, sketches, prints, and specifications
  • Study drawings, sketches, and databases of proposed product designs and confers with engineering/design personnel to plan design details, recommend design improvements, material selection, and appropriate model processes or operations
  • Determine which machines, tooling, and sequence of operations necessary to produce model and prototype parts, utilizing knowledge of machining and fabricating techniques
  • Utilize external rapid prototyping processes/services to enhance/optimize internal capabilities and resources
  • Operate machines, such as manual and CNC milling machines, lathes, metalworking and woodworking equipment
  • Inspect, fit, assemble, and de-bug model and prototype parts/assemblies to verify intended appearance and function
  • Suggest structural or operational modifications or rework of component parts as required to help ensure performance improvements
  • Share your perspective of prototype development to the project teams in a collaborative manner


  • Minimum of 2-year tech degree in prototyping, CNC machining or related field of study.
  • Three to five years of experience in prototyping, fabrication, and CNC machining
  • You must be located and authorized to work in the United States. We are unable to offer visa sponsorship.


  • You have a demonstrated passion for creation of three-dimensional artifact
  • You are well-versed in the use of various types of measuring instruments, gauges, and inspection tools
  • You have a broad familiarity with assorted material types, such as metals, plastics, composites, and synthetic resins
  • You are open to learn new fabrication techniques and prescribe to a continuous improvement mentality
  • You have familiarity with SolidWorks and MasterCam or other 3D CAD / CAM software
  • You have experience with welding and finishing/painting
  • You are an effective communicator and can achieve alignment with other team members to ensure a common understanding of objectives / goals for your contributions and work output
  • You are detail-oriented and have the ability to work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision

Be inspired. Be inspiring. Be yourself.

Delve embraces difference because creativity, curiosity, and diversity drive innovation. We nurture a supportive and inclusive environment. Be yourself and create a future that improves lives.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, veteran, and those with diverse lived experiences to apply.

About Delve

Delve is a full-service design and innovation firm. We believe a better world is possible through human-centered design. We provide strategy, design, and engineering to clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, in industries that include medical devices, consumer and commercial products, transportation, and more. Our collective expertise helps clients succeed by designing the future, one experience at a time.

In the last 6 years, we’ve opened offices in San Francisco and Boston, moved our headquarters to a vibrant new studio space in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Most recently, we announced we’re merging with Bresslergroup in Philadelphia.

Life at Delve

We realize that you are making a big decision when considering a new job. You need to consider salary, the inherent satisfaction you will get from your work, and whether you will enjoy your colleagues. We all spend a lot of time at work and realize that little stuff can make the difference between being happy and productive or grumpy and wanting out. So, we’ve done our best to build a culture, adapted from some of the world’s best companies, that represents our values. Here are a few big and little things we think make Bresslergroup and Delve a fun and safe place to spend your days, create lasting friendships, and build your career:

  • Offices located in the design centers of vibrant cities with great walking access to coffee shops, shopping districts, and restaurants.
  • Well-designed studios with ergonomic workspaces, collaborative work areas and access to natural light for those who want it, and dark and quiet areas for those who don’t.
  • Flexible work hours and ability to work remotely
  • No dress code beyond “dress for your day”
  • Access to public transportation
  • Indoor bike parking
  • A professional development budget for access to conferences and, training, etc.
  • Access to prototype machine shops and engineering labs with tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, mills; and wood shops for both professional and personal projects
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion training
  • Games (Shuffleboard, game room, foosball, VR, ping pong — depending on location)
  • Weekly yoga classes

To Apply

If this opportunity matches your skills and career goals, send your cover letter and resume to: We will begin reviewing applicant submission on November 22, 2021.

Submit inquiries to:

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Delve has merged with Bresslergroup. Learn more →