Senior Custom Products Design Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Power Reliability division is currently seeking a Senior Custom Products Design Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our South Milwaukee, WI facility.

Position Overview:

The Senior Custom Products Design Engineer is responsible for creating high quality custom designed Underground Distribution Switchgear products at a minimum cost while meeting and exceeding customer requirements and expectations.

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:
  • Create designs of complex custom Underground Distribution Switchgear products within defined ETO (Engineered-to-Order) scope, in accordance with established practices and company standards, including bills of material, detail/assembly, and customer drawings.

  • Perform verification of designs created by other ETO Engineers to ensure other team members’ designs are accurate prior to design release.

  • Create designs that expand scope of Padmount Switchgear beyond existing defined ETO scope, based on unique customer or market requirements that have not been previously designed.

  • Utilize Switchgear design, market, and manufacturing knowledge to identify VAVE, Sourcing, and labor productivity improvement opportunities to contribute to Switchgear productivity project deck.

  • Serve as project leader on productivity, VAVE, and/or NPD project(s), as assigned by manager, to help Switchgear business meet financial and growth objective.

  • Provide training to less experienced engineers and designers, as assigned by manager.

  • Create and execute Engineering Change Requests/Notices and enter into the ERP system (SAP).

  • Estimate cost and design effort for complex new products and systems.

  • Provide technical support to marketing regarding sales inquiries, customer specifications, customer problems, equipment application, and engineering analysis.

  • Provide technical support to scheduling, purchasing, manufacturing engineering, production control, quality assurance, and operations regarding issues with custom designs. 

  • Drive root cause analysis and resolution of customer complaints and material non-conformance issues.

  • Make recommendations for product and process improvements and define and implement improvement projects to increase team efficiency.


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:

  • Experience with custom engineering design and processes

  • Demonstrated proficiency in use of CAD (2D and 3D) tools with mechanical or electromechanical systems.  Knowledge of industry recognized drafting and CAD standards, practices and procedures.  Extensive experience specifically with AutoCAD & Autodesk Inventor is preferred

  • Experience in creating, loading, and storing engineering designs within an ERP system is desired.  Experience performing these activities specifically with SAP is preferred.

  • Familiarity with FEA, modeling, detailing and layout drafting techniques is desired

  • Knowledge of power systems, distribution switchgear products/applications, and/or industrial automation/controls is desired

  • Ability to excel as a team player by successfully collaborating with engineering peers as well as cross-functional personnel to ensure custom designs meet customer expectations

Position Success Criteria :
  • May occasionally be required to work beyond core hours to complete custom designs or to support Production team to meet critical customer deadlines

  • May occasionally be required to visit suppliers in support of Purchasing team to ensure design and quality requirements are satisfied

  • May occasionally write test protocols and provide instruction to Test Personnel in Eaton test labs, if aspects of custom designs require verification testing


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: ESSG CPSD PRD Power Reliability Division

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