Sustaining Product Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace division is currently seeking a Sustaining Product Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Jackson, MI facility. Relocation assistance will be provided.

Position Overview:

This role will develop to be responsible for design authority oversight of our extensive conveyance product line and will work with a cross-functional team to ensure smooth operation of our manufacturing process. Key tasks include problem-solving of systemic issues, identification of product improvements and implementation of corrective actions, review and disposition of discrepant material, and customer requirement’s compliance review. 

A good candidate must have strong organization skills and effectively multi-task to accomplish tactical tasks when embedded on fast response teams while also advancing progress on strategic projects. The role requires sound engineering judgment to rapidly address business critical operations. 

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 on continuous improvement teams for Quick Disconnect, Fuel Duct, Swivel, and Rynglok product lines as product engineering representative.  Work in team environment to meet plant driven metrics for quality, safety, delivery, performance, and inventory.

  • Champion product engineering driven cost out and support supply chain projects for all product lines to meet annual cost out target for the department.  Provide design and product engineering support for cost out initiatives driven from other departments such as manufacturing and supply chain.

  • Serve as contact for buyers for issues requiring engineering conformance review to requirements, change requests, clarifications, etc.

  • Complete product engineering actions to support the daily defective material review (DMR) process on the production floor along with quality and manufacturing engineering.  Update engineering documentation as needed.

  • Apply statistical and analytical tools towards effective problem-solving and completion of project activities. 

  • Provide initial engineering review of customer returned material; work with lead engineers, quality engineers, and customers to determine root cause of failure.  Produce failure analysis reports as needed.

  • Lead problem solving activities and projects involving design and configuration of existing product.  These may be initiated out of the continuous improvement teams, customer returns, supply chain issues, etc.  Project scope may include redesign, change management, qualification test plan development and execution.

  • Support functional goals such as the review of engineering standards, engineering process improvements, and 5S.

  • Write test procedures and qualification reports in support of project deliverables.

  • Participate in new product development design reviews.  Provide input from day to day experience.  Learn from lead engineers for personal development for future roles

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:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited institution

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

  • This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited institution

  • Proficiency in CAD (CATIA V5 preferred)
  • Exposure to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Knowledge of fluid conveyance related products, manufacturing techniques and materials

  • Familiarity with Product Data Management (PDM) systems for documentation control and workflow management

  • Familiarity with continuous improvement tools such as value stream mapping, Kaizen, etc.

  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) background
Position Criteria:
  • Ability to read and understand Drawings, Specifications, and Requirements

  • Understanding of design evaluation techniques such as reliability analysis, statistical tolerance stack up, Failure Mode and Effect analysis (FMEA), etc.

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite tools

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and switch focus efficiently

  • Ability to compose clear and concise written communication


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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: AER FED Fluid Electrical Distribution

Job Level: Entry Level
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