Hawthorne Gardening Company
March 2, 2022
Temecula, CA
Job Type


At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer - Lighting who will join our Research & Development (R&D) team in Temecula, CA.

The chosen candidate will work in R&D and help support the Temecula plant’s lighting manufacturing lines. This position will work with local operation departments as well as Hawthorne global quality and compliance departments to optimize and troubleshoot the manufacture and assembly of horticultural lighting fixtures. The lighting categories of Hawthorne include commercial and retail HPS, CMH, and LED fixtures for a variety of growing facilities. The role will also support the development of controllers for lighting and other environmental uses primarily for Hydroponic indoor gardening. The business supported by the role provides products for hydroponic indoor gardening as well as greenhouse horticulture markets in North America and globally. The chosen candidate will both work with vendors and third-party contractors as well as provide individual contributions to execute product development.  The ideal candidate will be self-driven with an eagerness to learn in a fast-evolving industry.


What you’ll do in this role:

  • Work with the R&D lighting team to develop mechanical designs internally or through OEM/ ODM to support the release of new luminaire designs that meet the highest standard for performance, quality, cost, and safety from preliminary concept through implementation into manufacturing

  • The primary resource for design for manufacturing and assembly optimization for the development of new lighting products within Hawthorne R&D team

  • Work with the factory engineering team and help identify, review, assess, and resolve issues that may arise during manufacturing operations.

  • Provide assembly line support for on-site manufacturing projects, including highly automated processes and methods with an emphasis on repeatability and minimal error rate. Provide manufacturing with technical assistance, root cause analysis, and efforts in process control and scrap reduction.

  • Develops manufacturing processes by studying requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment; conferring with equipment vendors

  • Perform competitive analysis and research competitor products quarterly and collaborate with category and sales team to generate ideas for making best-in-class products

  • Develop costing and quoting bids for new projects and products

  • Develop work instructions for manufacturing and work with quality to set boundary definitions and quality standards and training

  • Work with procurement and PLM team on accurately creating bills of materials, drawings, and instructions for vendors and manufacturers. Maintain all product documentation in SAP.

  • Work in close collaboration with manufacturing, compliance, and quality for the design of products for optimal quality and manufacturability


What you’ll need to be successful:



  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering


  • Minimum 2 years experience in new product development, sustaining or manufacturing role, preferred in horticulture lighting fields

  • 3D CAD modeling (Solidworks preferred)Knowledge of project management, factorial design of experiments, lean manufacturing, machining

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Visio, word, and project)


  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineer, and process

  • Knowledge of DFSS, DFM, and lean process

  • Knowledge of UL, CSA, EC, and ETL certification processes

  • Knowledge of project management, factorial design of experiments, lean manufacturing, and machining

Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality

Some other nice to haves:

  • DOE Software (MiniTab or equivalent)

  • SAP (MRP systems)

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones): 

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including Health, Dental, and Vision coverage.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) ]

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • The first day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%), and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 13 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.




Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scott's. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families, and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high-quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters, and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug-free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law