Product Design Engineer - Aerospace

Job Description

Eaton’s Fluid Electrical Distribution division, a part of our Aerospace sector, is currently seeking a Product Design Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Bethel, CT location. 

Position Overview:

The Product Design Engineer acquires and enhances specific product/technology knowledge relevant to the product line technology by cross training with technical personnel, hands on exposure and specific technical training.

The incumbent will develop new products incorporating existing and new technologies, and support their transition into the manufacturing/operations departments using a stage gate methodology. This will include requirements review, compliance assessment, mechanical design generation and validation through all phases of the program. 

Responsibilities include both design engineering and project management tasks starting with design development, design reviews, design documentation generation, and support using DFSS and concurrent engineering methodology, creation and following of program schedules, customer and cross functions interface, qualification and transition into the production environment. 

Additional responsibilities include various sustaining engineering assignments in failure analysis, MRB dispositions, reverse engineering, testing and cross-functional support by providing engineering expertise using technical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, and engineering tools. 

You will work on cost reduction initiatives and execution from new and existing products by developing innovative designs.

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:
  • Work out detailed engineering calculations and apply Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) tools to prove the feasibility, accuracy/performance, and reliability of a proposed or existing design.

  • Provide detailed electro-mechanical designs to meet the requirements of the customer specifications.

  • Communicate with customers on a highly technical basis concerning performance, system interface and development schedules.

  • Support engineering, contracts, planning and purchasing cross functions in the preparation of the new product proposals for Aftermarket, RMU and NPD opportunities.

  • Provide technical expertise daily to technicians and assembly personnel in support of the assigned program.

  • Apply appropriate military, government, industry and customer specifications and standards to all design phases of a program.

  • Design with cost effectiveness and manufacturing feasibility as a primary concern.  Implement cost savings against new and existing products.

  • Author and/or approve Test Procedures, ESS, Acceptance, and Qualification.

  • Manage failure investigations and provide technical reports of applicable findings.

  • Ensure that all program documentation is complete and accurate by self-review and by distribution to all departments concerned.  This is to be managed via the use of PROLaunch® (phase-gated design process).

  • Author various program SDRL items, such as FMEA’s, MTBF’s and any other applicable data items to fulfill program requirements

  • Review and disposition discrepant material. 

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 Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution required.

  • Minimum 1 year experience in a similar position required (equivalent co-op or internship engineering experience may be considered).

  • 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 Bethel, CT will be considered.  Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Military and aerospace background preferred.
  • Working experience in the use of CAD and Solid Modeling Tools (CATIA and ACAD preferred), FEA - Ansys software a plus.

  • Proficient in CAD and Solid Modeling Tools (CATIA and ACAD preferred), knowledge of MathCAD, FEA analysis, i.e. Ansys a plus.

  • Knowledgeable and familiar with the application of DFSS tools a plus.

  • Familiarity with the purpose and intent of military, government, aerospace and commercial specifications and how to utilize them for specific product applications

Position Criteria:
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment, get results and drive change through others.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills as well as planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to manage by influence through solid relationships and process focus

  • Ability to effectively present results and recommendations to senior-level executive team.

  • Familiarity with FEA analysis and able to effectively evaluate FEA results

  • Proficiency in standard business software packages (MS Word, Project, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Mastery of fundamental engineering principles associated with the design of electro-mechanical components


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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: 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