Steinway & Sons’

Location: Astoria, NY


P O S I T I O N     D E S C R I P T I O N

Title: Acoustic/Mechanical  Engineer Department: Boston & Essex
Location: Astoria, NY Position Type: Full Time


Position Summary:

This position provides engineering support for Steinway & Sons’ Boston and Essex (B&E) piano lines, with particular focus both on piano acoustics and on the mechanical design of piano sub-assemblies.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Analyze string scales.
  • Learn piano scale design principles from theoretical tensional scaling and principles of piano construction to achieve the desired acoustic across the scale
  • Develop test method for mechanically testing various piano components and sub-assemblies, e.g., pinblocks, capstans, etc.
  • Test piano components.
  • Design and build simple electro-mechanical devices for lab use.
  • Study acoustic issues to find opportunities for improvements.
  • Measure and analyze vibrations.
  • Design custom tooling for CMM.
  • Use CMM to measure and analyze downbearing.
  • Use AutoDesk’s Inventor and AutoCAD software for design and analysis.
  • Perform and assume other duties and responsibilities as may be required at the direction of engineering manager 

Qualifications, education and experience:

  • Degree in Acoustics and Engineering  (bachelors or masters)
  • Knowledge of mechanical engineering and product development principles and practice
  • Experience building things out of wood, metal and electronics.
  • 7+ years of proven engineering experience
  • Fluency in use of CAD modeling tools
  • Experience working in cross functional teams; strong team player
  • Strong project management and problem solving skills
  • Computer literate in MS Office products
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with a strong bias toward action and driving results
  • Able to multi-task effectively and to manage and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Preferred: Piano playing ability
  • Preferred: English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German language
  • Strong sense of integrity.

Those interested in applying should send their resume to





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