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Advanced Product Development Engineer

Marshall, Michigan


Job Description

Eaton’s Vehicle Division is seeking a Lead Engineer supporting Advanced Product Development. The Lead Engineer will be based in Marshall, MI.
Positon Overview:
The Lead Engineer directs project activities through application of proficient technical knowledge and leadership competencies.  The span of project responsibly include initial gathering of the voice of the customer performance requirements, product definition, product design, product development, manufacturing support and product launch.  Also responsible for direct interface with customers, suppliers and Eaton facilities globally. 
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Provides project leadership, mentoring, and training for new or junior-level employees on design and development processes, software, procedures, specifications, etc. Reviews and reports on engineering metrics and/or test results through engineering reports and written correspondence to ensure timely and effective communication with supervisors and peers.
  • Keeps informed of state-of-the-art technology, designs and develops new products and processes and improves existing products and processes.  Supports the implementation of design changes to improve quality, performance, cost reduction, and standardization through analysis of designs and problem solving techniques.  Directly interacts with the customer to communicate the project status and adjust based on customer feedback.
  • Understands design, development, and failure analysis through the use of DFMEA, customer returns, or specific development projects.  Applies fundamental engineering practices and decision making for problem solving.  Available to travel to the customer within-the-hour should the need arise whether related to an Eaton product or to aid in the troubleshooting process for the related system.  Has practical experience with change management processes including CO, CR, and MCO.
  • Provides guidance to engineering personnel throughout the division in a specific field of technology and makes presentations to internal and external customers on programs or products as required. Provides technical expertise that may include supporting field failure analysis, developing recommended corrective actions, and providing necessary reports as well as training in areas of expertise. Has experience with change management, Supply chain processes.
  • Actively pursues knowledge in the process for design changes to improve quality, performance, cost reduction, and standardization through analysis of designs and problem solving techniques. Suggests alternative methodologies or techniques to achieving desired results.
  • Understands the engineering methodologies within the division as well as other departments and their relationship to engineering. Participates in providing the creation, implementation and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and work instructions in order to build and promote a team environment for product introduction, development and support activities.
  • Conceives and writes patent disclosures to substantiate patent applications and accumulates the necessary documentation.  Protects Eaton Intellectual Property (IP).
  • Complies with requirements of the Quality and Environmental Management Systems.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years of product development experience.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now and in the future.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Automotive or commercial vehicle industry experience is required.
  • Large-scale cross functional project team management experience.
  • 6+ years of application or product design engineering experience.
  • 2+ years of experience in torque control products.
  • Experience working with international locations and customers.
  • Ferrous materials knowledge, including selection, processing and part design.
  • Strong analytical skills with system modeling/simulation experience.
  • Experience with DFSS and/or DMAIC methodologies.
Position Criteria:
  • Willing to travel up to 25% of the time.
  • Strong customer focus and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ethics, values and the ability to influence and impact others’ decision making.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make decisions.
  • Ability to manage multiple programs, set priorities and achieve results.

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: VEH Vehicle Group

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 062814