Lead Engineer - Fatigue & Fracture

Job Description

Eaton’s Corporate Research Group is currently seeking a Lead Engineer to join our team! This position is based at our Southfield MI facility.

Corporate Research & Technology focuses on the front end of innovation by conducting research to advance the state of the art, emphasizing cross-business impact technologies, and innovating to provide Eaton’s customers’ with safe, efficient, and reliable power management solutions.

The Digital Design and Rapid Qualification (DDQ) team has the principal goal of identifying, developing, and justifying commercialization of significant growth opportunities for diverse Eaton businesses in the area of advanced innovative design for superior performance and high reliability products covering a range of business units.  The lead engineer is expected to serve as a technical and/or project lead on projects within the materials team focusing on metals. She/he is responsible for meeting the schedule, scope, cost and technical targets for all efforts under their control. They are expected to contribute to technical papers and presentations as well as IP generation through authoring (or co-authoring) disclosures and patents.

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.

In this function you will:
  • Participate in brainstorming and design bursts contributing to the technology strategy for their department. They support building business unit relationships by presenting ideas and projects, contributing to the development of compelling value propositions for technology work and acquiring resources and funding needed to ensure success.

  • Develop yourself as a subject matter expert both internally and externally to Eaton. This includes attending conferences, seminars and/or consortium meetings in relevant industry to network with technical peers and stay relevant in their fields.

  • Contribute to the value proposition development for technical projects and programs.

  • Contribute to government proposal preparation and/or assist with project execution. May serve as technical lead in proposal preparation and/or owner of work package during project execution.

  • Support building business relationships by presenting ideas and projects, participating in ideation events and acquiring resources and funding needed.

  • Assist in the identification of leading external partnerships, outside technologies and best practices to bring to Eaton.

  • Participates in external open innovation events with universities and research institutes.

  • Contribute to IP generation through authoring or co-authoring disclosures and patents.

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


Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Materials Science or Engineering with thesis/research focus on metal fatigue and fracture.

  • Minimum 3 of experience in one or more of the following production processes: Additive manufacturing, forging, casting, forming, heat treating and welding.

  • Must be able to work in the United States without corporate sponsorship now and within the future.

Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD from an accredited institution
  • Expert level first principle engineering knowledge of metals and materials. Knowledge on defect based fatigue theories (Murakami approach) will be beneficial.

  • Knowledge of chemical, physical and mechanical properties as well as evaluation methods (mechanical testing, metallography, SEM, non-destructive inspection, chromatography, spectroscopy) is preferred.

Position Criteria:
  • Active presence in TMS/similar materials society.

  • Demonstrated leadership in fatigue/fracture and expertise in high cycle fatigue and fracture of metallic materials

  • Understanding of Processing-Microstructure-Property of metallic/structural materials.

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in designing and executing conventional/ultrasonic fatigue experiments, data analysis, defect analysis and application of the defect distribution in fatigue-based designs. 

  • Previous experience in demonstrating design experience for high cycle fatigue. 

  • Required area of technical expertise include extensive understanding of metallurgical engineering including material selection, metal transformation, corrosion-related performance, strength analysis, environmental impact of processes and materials, fatigue life, failure analysis, physical testing, fracture toughness, heat treating processes, metal manufacturing methods, lightweight alloys, statistical analysis.


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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: CTO Corporate Technology Office

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, 10 % of the Time