Senior VAVE Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace division is currently seeking a Senior Supply Chain Engineer to join our team. This position can be based at our Irvine, CA, Fort Worth, TX, Jackson, MS, Los Angeles, CA or Grand Rapids, MI facilities.

The Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for implementing supplier innovation efforts as it relates to key supplier cost drivers due to design, technology, materials, processes and transactional inefficiencies. In this role, you will act as the engineering knowledge interface/Point of Contact (PoC) for supplier technical collaboration, with typical product knowledge and experience that includes either and/or both Fluid & Electrical Distribution (FED) and Fuel & Motion Control Systems (FMC) Division product lines across the Global Supply Chain Organization.

The position is responsible for the recognition of the benefits that supplier innovation brings to product design, process and manufacture to drive strategic cost reductions. The position is fully integrated into the Supply Chain (SC) organization, directly reporting into Sr. Engineering Manager and interfacing with the wider Engineering and Operation organizations.

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 have Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and ownership as it relates to a specific product lines and/or product families and/or groups.

  • You will comply with Governance / Risk / Compliance requirements as required for working with suppliers, including taking the training and/or completing identified actions.

  • You will lead, guide, and support supplier cost out work as it relates to design, technology, materials, processes and transactional efficiency as controlled by engineering drawings, specifications and standards and process documentation.

  • You will support Commodity Managers as the technical interface with Supplier to identify cost out drivers / suggestions as presented through IDEAS (Innovation Drives Excellence, Achievement and Savings) database, or from Supplier and/or Plants VA/VE events, or through Engineering VA events.

  • You will provide engineering costs and/or schedule estimates in support of cost benefit analysis and for should cost modeling.

  • You will support Commodity Managers at the IDEAS and CODB (Cost Out DataBase) database meetings through preparation of the engineering deliverables to status, prioritize and manage the cost out workload.

  • You will participate in supplier development activities with Suppler Develop Engineers (SDE’s) specifically to review supplier innovation suggestions and/or opportunities.

  • You will work directly and collaboratively with Commodity Managers/Purchase Managers and Suppliers, and Integrated Product Teams (IPT) in a cross-divisional matrix environment to implement supplier cost out and innovation efforts.

  • You will plan, manage, and execute supplier cost out projects working in ENOVIA, and employing EPIC and/or PRE/Prolaunch processes that are applicable, following ACES guidelines.

  • You will review, create and/or modify component details/assembly drawings/documents and/or CAD models working with cognizant Product teams/ Chief Engineers /COE / EIEC to maintain design configuration control.

  • You will create Engineering Change Orders (ECO’s) and Requests (ECR’s), Bill Of Materials (BOM’s) Test Plans and/or Test Reports for presentation and approval at the Work Release Board (WRB) and/or Change Control Board (CCB).

  • You will provide regular formal and informal updates for supplier cost out reviews to Engineering, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Plant Leaderships.


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Required (Basic) Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Materials, Aerospace, Systems and/or Hydraulic or Fluid Engineering) from an accredited institution.
  • Mechanical Engineering design experience utilizing 3D CAD software

  • Experience with hydraulic, pneumatic, or electromechanical products

  • Experience in the aerospace industry
  • Experience with Pro/Engineer
Position Success Criteria:
  • Ability to work with limited supervision

  • Ability to demonstrate strong technical skills

  • Ability to proactively seek support from Chief Engineers or Subject Matter Experts

  • Ability to adapt and react quickly to internal and external customer demands.

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of manufacturing processes and material selection for engineering design

  • Ability to perform basic structural and/or performance analysis

  • Ability to demonstrate good technical writing, communication, and presentation skills

  • Performs interpretation of engineering documents. Coordinates or performs update of engineering documents.

  • Ability to anticipate and resolve major program obstacles to maintain overall schedule objectives and to achieve internal and external customer satisfaction.

  • Ability to provide leadership, encouragement, mentoring, and coaching to co-workers. Provides direction to other engineers on project teams.

  • Ability to plan and lead multiple simultaneous projects. Establishes and oversees accomplishment of multiple project objectives.

  • Ability to collaborate with peers and managers to determine key goals, objectives, and corresponding metrics.

  • Ability to review and amend these goals and objectives as appropriate. Focuses on the timely achievement of these goals and objectives.

  • Ability to support targets and milestones for project budgets and schedules. Participates in resolving program change of scope issues with Engineering Lead and Program Management



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?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time