Best Design Jobs in Knoxville, TN: Industrial Designer (Outdoor, Fitness, Military)

Best Design Jobs in Knoxville, TN: Industrial Designer (Outdoor, Fitness, Military)

Industrial Designer

Do you love building things with your hands? Do you consider yourself a creative? Do your friends and family all think of you as a creative? Did you find school boring and frustrating because you have a "doer" personality? Do you love things like woodworking, metal shop, welding, and printing? Do you like to sew? Are you able to assemble things without the instruction manual? Do you have exceptional spacial reasoning and always find yourself being able to "see the solution" in your head in 3D? Do you love CAD, Adobe, Rhino, Cinema4D and similar programs? Are you great and "finding things" for sourcing? Do you have exceptional project management skills? 

Industrial Designer is an entry/mid-level position on the Design Team reporting to the Senior Industrial Designer and ultimately, the Vice President of Marketing. The position also works closely with the the Operations Team to move products from design to production. The Industrial Designer is in charge of some of the most important company assets: bringing our new product visions to life, getting them production ready and then refining them once in production. This role is more important than ever as we are a vertically integrated company, meaning we invent, design, engineer, manufacture, brand, market, sell, distribute, and fulfill every product we make, all in-house. We’re looking for someone committed to seeing their work realized everyday in pursuit of supporting our customers across all branches of the US Military, Constitutional Law Enforcement, SPORT, Safety, and Devices as well as America's finest enterprises to improve and save lives. If this sounds too good to be true, then we want to hear from you.

Industrial Designer responsibilities:

A. Soft Goods design - ideation sketches, prototyping Tech Pack creation (Bill of Materials, pattern, assembly instructions, callouts), materials identification and sourcing

B. Hard Goods design - ideation sketches/concepts, 3D modeling (Fusion360), prototyping (printing, clay, etc.)

C. Testing/Validation for all new product concepts, prototypes

D. Design tooling, production steps for manufacturing

Required proficiency:

  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, XD, After Effects, etc.)
  • CAD (we use Fusion360, Rhino, and SolidWorks)
  • 3D printing/additive manufacturing
  • Renderings
  • Soft goods construction, prototyping (sewing, cutting, pattern making)

Familiarity strongly preferred:

  • welding (RF, Ultrasonic)
  • woodworking
  • hard goods design
  • tool construction/design
  • blow and injection molding
  • backpacking
  • shooting/firearms experience
  • Military, Law Enforcement, First Responder background/experience

How we will measure success: iterative process with leadership, project handoff to Production, ability to internalize and design "on brand" and ability to internalize end-user empathy 

Do you see things on this list that suck? Think you have a better way? We DEFINITELY want to hear from you.

Big advantage if you have a background in any of the following:
Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighter (Urban or Wildland), First Responder/EMT, SAR/CSAR, Backpacking/Hiking, Mountaineering/Climbing, Outdoors, Travel, Food Service, Consumer Electronics, Crossfit, Running/Marathons, Combative's/D-TAC

Click here to learn more about our recruiting process and working at Qore Performance®.


  • Minimum three years experience as a professional Industrial Designer
  • All candidates must have the legal ability to work in the USA without sponsorship
  • Ability to clearly communicate in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to perform physical tasks required of the job

    Work location: Qore Performance® Headquarters in Knoxville, TN MSA

    Please submit a condensed resume and an expression of interest for review. Work location: Knoxville, TN. All candidates must have the legal ability to work in the United States without sponsorship.


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