VAVE Project Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Commercial & Residential Distribution Solutions division is currently seeking a VAVE (Value Analysis/Value Engineering) Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Peachtree City, GA facility.

Position Overview:

The VA/VE Project Engineer’s primary responsibility is to drive projects that result in product cost, feature, or function improvements by utilizing VA/VE (Value Analysis / Value Engineering) methodologies. They will focus on existing product portfolios and new designs as a control for escalating material and labor costs, or improving product margins, while maintaining product integrity. 


Product focus is on the development of electrical devices and associated electro-mechanical components. This role requires strong ideation skills and the ability to simultaneously program manage multiple projects across multinational sites. 


The position will require facilitation of Value Analysis events to generate a pipeline of ideas and subsequent execution. The person in this role should be a strong communicator who is able to work effectively with peers and management alike in a high paced environment.


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:
  • Provide Engineering design support for productivity improvement projects through effective participation on cross-functional VAVE teams.

  • Lead Engineering efforts on critical direct material cost-out projects, including idea development, prototype, project execution, and plant/business system implementation

  • Support plant and Product Management cost out activities

  • Ownership of overall project management for VA/VE projects through Pro-Launch Gate #4

  • Coordinate with operations group at manufacturing facilities to implement VA/VE projects during Pro-Launch Phase #5

  • Hands on approach to testing, including proof of concept, design validation and agency approval

  • Tools and processes will include the following: Business case development, concept selection, engineering evaluation, design for manufacture, industrialization, DFSS.

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

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience with product design, DFMEA, tolerance analysis, engineered material selection, product costing/cost out, and/or VAVE responsibilities (Co-Op and/or internship experience applies)

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

  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position.  Only candidates within a 60-mile radius of Peachtree City, GA will be considered.  Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Strong knowledge of tooling, production, and Eaton quality systems.

  • 3D modeling and 2D detailing (CAD) experience (Pro/Engineer [Creo 2.0] and AutoCAD preferred).

  • Strong project management skill sets
  • Microsoft Office suit proficiency
  • Experience with ENOVIA document control system

  • Design for Six Sigma experience
  • Electro-mechanical experience
  • Working knowledge of associated UL/CSA standards

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.

  • Experience working in a global business environment

  • Ability to travel up to 30%; domestic and international

  • Compliance to Eaton’s Ethics and Safety policies

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: ES CRDS WD Wiring Devices

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