Lead Product Design Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace division is currently seeking a Lead Product Design Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Beltsville, MD facility. 

Our Beltsville, MD manufacturing facility is home to 500+ passionate and creative team members. Our products power hundreds of military and commercial aircraft platforms with a focus on improved reliability, weight reduction and fuel efficiency. Components & products developed at our location are used for the Mar’s Rover, protecting the Declaration of Independence, and keeping passengers cool and safe as they travel to their favorite vacation destinations. Eaton’s comprehensive portfolio sets the industry standard for engineering excellence, customized solutions for today’s industry needs while developing new technologies for next-generation aircraft designs. If you’re looking for work that is engaging, exciting, and meaningful then join us and contribute to making what matters work.

Position Overview:

This person will be responsible for leading the design, development, qualification, and release of new or existing ducting products for aerospace fluid conveyance systems. This includes reviewing and approving documents including cost estimates, appropriation requests, project schedules, design and instruction specifications, operating manuals, and technical reports. A successful candidate will be able to guide integrated product teams utilizing global resources, to take a technical challenge from concept or problem identification to production release or final solution.

The role requires the ability to lead and mentor engineers (both onsite and remote) in applying sound engineering principles and practical problem solving using Eaton engineering tools. The ability to proactively coordinate resources such as the Test Labs, Quality, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing Engineering is essential. The incumbent will provide guidance for the direction of the product line, Profit Plan, and technology development.

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:
  • Leads development of new products from concept level, through validation and qualification cycle for aircraft applications, following applicable regulatory and industry standards, PROLaunch and ACES 2.0 processes, utilizing CAD 3D modeling techniques. Controls and drives project expenditures within limitations of project budget and timeline.

  • Launches multiple small to medium sized projects by providing estimates on work scope and creating a success-based plan/schedule. Plans, organizes, and leads large project teams through Eaton’s Phase-Gate process. Projects often represent the most challenging ones and the ones with the most organizational impact.

  • Coordinates responses to sustaining engineering issues, developing timely, cost effective solutions to product life cycle objectives or problems. Represents engineering in the Material Review Board.

  • Reviews engineering inputs to customer proposals, creating solutions and estimating materials, testing costs and engineering labor.

  • Reviews mechanical design and dimensional analyses. Reviews structural, thermal, dynamic, and performance analysis for design validation. Interface effectively with applicable internal resources to accomplish complete product analysis.

  • Assures test procedures and setups for development, acceptance, and qualification testing are acceptable. Provides final approvals of engineering documents and processes.

  • Uses technical tools and methods and is recognized/sought out for their technical expertise – as well as proficiency in advanced problem-solving techniques. (Ex.: Teach "How" to use the core tools, endorsing best practices.)

  • Communicates effectively internationally and at all organizational levels. Supports Marketing and Sales with technical presentations on the front-end side. Demonstrates leadership behavior through successful consulting, auditing, coaching, and mentoring.

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

  • 6 years of product design engineering experience

  • 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.

  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position.  Only candidates within a 50-mile radius of Beltsville, MD will be considered.  Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineer or Master’s Degree in Engineering

  • 6 years of aerospace product design engineering experience

  • Certification in Lean 6-sigma methods preferred. Black Belt, DFSS/SSDD Black Belt, or Project Management Professional Certification

  • Proficiency in CATIA v5, ASME Y14.5, Enovia (document management system)

  • Ability to review structural and mechanical analysis through completed in FEA, CFD, and/or kinematic simulation.

  • Demonstrated use of acceptance Test Procedures (ATP’s), Qualification Test Plans (QTP’s), and support Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conformity efforts, and Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) activities with the customer during qualification test program.

  • Provide approval of physical verification of analytic methods at test lab(s) to ensure successful product qualification test program

  • Ability to effectively develop 3D CAD models and drive integration of PLM/PDM upgrades

  • Product Design Experience with non-metallic, plastic, injection molding, additive manufacturing, and other composites.

Position Criteria:
  • Has a record of leading improvements in technical or project management processes through personal initiative. (Ex.: Leading task force, focus group or kaizen teams, etc. and implementing the change)

  • Strong internal and external communication skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships within the function

  • Ability to break down complex problems into manageable pieces

  • Recognized internationally as technical expert and capable project leader who can be consulted on technology trends

  • Good interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective intra and inter-departmental relationships at all levels.  Facilitate consensus solutions to effectively resolve problems and issues.

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.


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: 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