Lead Design Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Fuel & Motion Controls Systems division, a part of our Aerospace group, is currently seeking a Lead Design Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Grand Rapids, MI facility.

The Lead Design Engineer is responsible providing technical direction for the development of complex hardware/software for the new product development of aerospace electro-mechanical actuation products to meet design, manufacturability, and assembly requirements. In this role, you will provide leadership and guidance to the engineering team internally.

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 establish a conceptual approach with the assistance of the Lead Mechanical Design Engineer and complete Engineering layouts and parts lists meeting schedule and budget goals.

  • You will design and direct testing of development concepts. Participate in preparation of general test procedures and specifications in conjunction with engineering assignments. Advise laboratory personnel relative to equipment operation specifications, test requirements and procedures, etc., and assist in evaluation of test results to determine equipment design and material modification requirements

  • You will perform a variety of design and engineering calculations generally involving the application of standard mathematical formulas or available data. May derive formulas for solution of engineering problems.

  • You will participate in the preparation of engineering proposals by compiling, preparing, and/or providing technical data. Prepare and submit various reports related to assignment.

  • You will lead failure investigations to determine root cause and corrective action.

  • You will champion process adherence and improvement across the engineering organization and enforces adherence to processes and standards on assigned programs. 

  • You will contribute to the growth of Eaton Actuation Systems Division through participation and contribution to process improvements, team activities, and goals.


When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Aerospace Experience.
  • 8-10 years relevant experience in the design of mechanical components.

  • Working knowledge of FEA (Failure Effects Analysis) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and software programs used in their assessment (ANSYS).

  • Thorough understanding of aerospace manufacturing processes, tolerances, and materials/mechanics of materials.  Working knowledge of machining, turning, grinding, heat treat operations, etc. and how these processes affect product design. 

  • Utilize “Design for Manufacturing” skills early and often in the design process

Position Success Criteria:
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, engineers, customers or the general public.

  • Ability to manage assigned tasks and team tasks to meet schedule and budget.

  • Ability to analyze and/or interpret customer design specifications.

  • Ability to define problems, analyze data and draw valid conclusions that result in solid recommendations.

  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of energy and personal drive.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong project management and organization skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and technical documents.


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: AER FMC Fuel Motion Control Systems

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 United States and / or Puerto Rico
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time