Lead Project Engineer - New Product Development

Job Description

Eaton’s Power Systems division is currently seeking a Lead Project Engineer in New Product Development to join our team. This position is based at our South Milwaukee, WI facility.  Relocation assistance is provided.

Position Overview:

The Lead Project Engineer in New Product Development is responsible for leading the design and development of switchgear and switchgear sub-systems. In this high impact role, you will use your creativity to develop new electro-mechanical product solutions for application on electrical power systems. 

You will work directly with a broad set of technologies involving polymers, vacuum interrupters, electromagnetic actuators, linear drive mechanisms, castings, and metal fabrications.  You will have assignments that range in scope from high level system concepts to detailed sub-system development and analysis. You will participate in large NPD projects as a subsystem core team member and/or as the lead system designer, as well as have the opportunity to lead small NPD and technology development projects.

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:
  • Leverage digital design and engineering simulation tools (e.g. CAD, FEA, statistical analysis, kinematic/dynamic analysis tools, etc.) to design, develop and integrate switchgear components, subassemblies and final assemblies.

  • Work with cross-functional stakeholders to optimize designs.
  • Work closely with suppliers to develop and prototype components.
  • Develop sub-system functional and reliability test plans and coordinate the execution of the tests using both internal and external lab resources.

  • Lead small project teams to deliver requirements meeting schedule, cost, and quality targets.

  • Guide early-career engineers in all aspects of engineering; including: product knowledge & application, product design & CAE tools, design for manufacturability, and quality.

  • Develop work processes for completing assigned project tasks while identifying critical dependencies and risks.

  • Constantly look for ways to improve processes, products, and services; as well as appropriately challenge the status quo.     


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:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred
  • Five or more years of experience working in new product engineering is preferred

  • Two years or more of experience using modeling tools is a strong plus

  • Experience with phase gate project management processes
  • Familiarity with the electric power industry, especially medium-voltage distribution

  • Demonstrated skills in Engineering analysis and digital simulation (CAD, FEA, statistical analysis, software applications, electrical/mechanical analysis tools, etc.)

  • Strong product design, DFM/DFA, and manufacturing knowledge
  • Design experience with multiple technologies including, injection molding, metal die-casting, sheet metal

  • Membership in at least one professional society (e.g. IEEE, ASME, INCOSE)

Position Success Criteria :
  • Ability to successfully lead cross-functional teams to on-time project completion

  • A continuous improvement mindset

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?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time