Target Hires Engineers!

Last year I was invited to attend a career fair to recruit Engineering interns.  What struck me immediately was how so many young, bright engineers would stream past our booth and form long lines in front of Fortune-ranked defense, medical and industrial companies.  As I started to engage passersby, they would almost always say, “What? Target hires engineers??”, invariably followed by a”…to do what?”  From there it dawned on me, I needed to spread the message that Target hires engineers! To that end, I’ve been given this humble platform to spread the message, describe exactly what engineers do at Target, and why this is a pretty good gig if you are one.

As proof of the fact that  Target hires engineers, I, myself, have a degree in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics. I worked in the defense industry developing small, unmanned surveillance aircrafts prior to joining Target. I did everything from wing and propulsion designs to live flight demonstrations for foreign governments. It was a great chance to do detailed engineering, and learn my trade. Eventually though, I realized that I wanted leadership opportunities, business experience and the chance to think BIG. Engineers generally face this fork at some point in their career path – leadership or engineering fellow (the highest strata of engineers within a major organization). For me, I want to follow the leadership path. Because I knew that I wanted to join an organization with dedication to developing leaders, a focus on personal challenge and growth and a fast paced schedule to bring innovation to market, I chose Target.  And when I got here, I realized I wasn’t necessarily alone – I work every day with Electricals, Mechanicals, and even a Civil engineer.

So, I’ve answered the “Target hires engineers?” question. Let’s tackle the “…to do what?” part.

Target hires engineers to design and develop owned-brand products, in dozens of different categories ranging from camping gear to dinnerware to sunscreen. Each owned-brand product has a team of engineers and designers who actually have to bring the product to life, just like any national brand. Room Essentials, Threshold, Xhilaration, Archer Farms, Market Pantry, up&up – the list of Target owned-brands goes on and on. Behind every product, in every one of these brands, are engineers and designers – right here at Target in Minneapolis. We develop these products for nearly 1800 stores in 49 states and generate billions of dollars in revenue for Target. At every step, we design these products to provide a great value and experience to the millions of Guests who buy them. Pretty neat if you ask me.

Over the coming weeks and months, I will continue to spread my message that Target hires engineers and share with you exactly what we do, and why this is a great place to practice the craft.

Interested in a career with Target? Learn more about opportunities in engineering or product design and development

  • Alexandra B.

    October 18th, 2012

    This is so cool and helpful! I’m working as a sales floor team member and I have a BS in Aerospace Engineering. As I’ve worked, I’ve been fascinated with some of the engineering that must go into designing some of the home brand products and the fixtures that hold the whole store together. Now that I know that Target does hire their own engineers, I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on the job postings. Thanks! 🙂

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  • Peter

    October 21st, 2012

    What about Bioengineers?

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  • nick

    nick

    October 22nd, 2012

    Peter: we don’t have any positions specifically for bio-engineers but would encourage you to visit http://www.Target.com/Careers to explore areas that may be of interest to you. Happy exploring!

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  • Joseph Drabicki

    November 11th, 2013

    Hey Reid! I am applying for work at a local Target here in Florida because engineering jobs are scarce. I was just reading all about you and the engineering/product design going on with Target. Very interesting. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering Design Technology. I would love to design toys, or almost anything really, for Target. I propose setting up a satellite design office here in the Orlando FL area to design toys on Autocad. Let me get a small staff of about five and get to work designing and building prototypes!

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  • elisa

    elisa

    November 11th, 2013

    Hi Joseph-

    Thanks for your feedback! We’ll take your idea into advisement and share with the appropriate teams.

    Thanks,
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  • Joseph Drabicki

    November 18th, 2013

    Hello Elisa!

    A week has gone by since you stated you would let the appropriate Target teams know about my idea. When will I hear about any feedback?

    I am ready to move forward if there is interest in my proposal. I have scouted various office buildings to rent for a design office. I made a punch list of what to include in the office. I have done some study into a budget and figured out where I might possibly recruit a staff to man the office. I even have a couple of file boxes full of design ideas for toys, since designing things has been not only a career for me, but it is also a hobby. I design and build things all the time.

    I realize Target’s time frame may not be the same as mine, but I move quickly. You should be very pleased with that. I am ready now.

    Please respond back to my email address.

    Kind Regards,

    Joe

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  • elisa

    elisa

    November 18th, 2013

    Hi Joe-

    Thanks for following up. We currently do not have plans to set up a satellite office, but our teams will contact you directly if there is interest in your proposal in the future.

    If you are still interested in working for Target we encourage you to search and apply for current openings on our careers website at http://www.target.com/careers.

    Thanks,
    The Target Careers team

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