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Lead Resident Engineer

Southfield, Michigan


Job Description

Eaton’s Torque Control Product Team is currently seeking a Lead Resident Engineer to join our team . This position is based at our Southfield, MI facility.


The Lead Resident Engineer is responsible for directing project activities through application of proficient technical knowledge and leadership competencies. In this role, you will be responsible for direct interface with customers and Eaton facilities globally. The span of responsibly includes initial gathering of the voice of the customer performance requirements, product definition, issue resolution, and engineering support. 


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

  • You will provide onsite customer support. Provides customer support leadership. Has significant group decision-making responsibility. Reviews and reports on engineering progress, status, metrics and/or test results through engineering reports and written correspondence to ensure timely and effective communication with customer, supervisors and peers.
  • You will stay informed of state-of-the-art technology. 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.
  • You will understand 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
  • You will provide guidance to engineering personnel at the customer and throughout the division 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.
  • You will actively pursue 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.
  • You will understand the engineering methodologies within both Eaton and the customer, 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.
  • You will protect Eaton Intellectual Property (IP).  Ensures Eaton IP is properly protected prior to presenting to the customer.  Conceives and writes patent disclosures to substantiate patent applications and accumulates the necessary documentation.

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Required (Basic) Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Large-scale cross functional project team management experience.
  • 4+ years of product development experience.
  • 2+ years experience in torque control products
  • Experience working with international locations and customers
  • Ferrous materials knowledge, including selection, processing and part design
Position Success Criteria:
  • 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?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 064101