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Caterpillar, Inc. Engineer-Design in East Peoria, Illinois

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure. Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs. Join us


As a Design Engineer in the Tracked Products Electrical Installation team, you will be joining an innovative team responsible for integrating electrical and electronic systems into Caterpillar’s Dozers, Hydraulic Mining Shovels and Surface Rock Drills. You will have the unique opportunity to direct and contribute to the concept, development, and design of harnesses, power cables and installations for systems from 24 VDC to 7200 VAC. The Electrical Installation team is part of the Tracked Products organization and is responsible for end to end design and development of key machine systems for multiple Caterpillar applications. You will have the opportunity to strengthen your design skills, analytical skills, and mastery of mechanical and electrical engineering concepts. You will partner with other members of the design team as well as provide technical guidance to global team members. You will contribute to the planning and delivery of projects focused on heavy construction, surface mining, and quarry applications. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from a highly experienced team of engineers having significant experience across Caterpillar machine systems.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and refine designs in the development of wiring harnesses, power cables and the installation of related components for electrical and electronic systems on mobile machinery.

  • Utilize Creo to create highly integrated designs within the machine platforms

  • Collaborate with suppliers, global manufacturing facilities, engineering system teams and the core product groups to minimize total cost of ownership.

  • Review CAD models, layouts, assemblies, detailed part drawings, and bills-of-material for accuracy and conformance to specifications and Caterpillar Engineering Standards

  • Utilize design tools to optimize designs for manufacturing, service support, cost, and quality.

  • Manage New Product Introduction (NPI) deliverables including, product cost targets, product reliability goals, and drawing release quality.

  • Working effectively with a global team to deliver program objectives

  • Support Continuous Product Improvement (CPI) by modifying designs to address Product Support and Manufacturing feedback.

  • Support activities in the factory and field including fit ups, root cause investigations and basic electrical troubleshooting

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science with 3+ years job related experience, or Masters degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science with 1+ year job related experience, or Doctorate degree in Engineering.

Top candidates will also have:

  • Basic understanding of mechanical design concepts

  • Basic understanding of electrical systems including reading schematics

  • Experience troubleshooting electrical systems

  • Design, analysis, or test experience on wiring installations or electrical systems

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to Caterpillar product development

  • Demonstrated strong Caterpillar Values through teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Experience with NPI, CPI, APQP, Cost, and Teamcenter tools/process

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • High level of proficiency in Creo or other modeling tools

  • Knowledge of harness and cable manufacturing

  • Experience collaborating with global engineering teams

  • Hands-on experience (e.g. machinery, heavy equipment, manufacturing processes, wiring, etc.)

  • Experience with medium voltage systems (120 – 7200 V AC)

Additional information:

Domestic relocation is available for this position.

Occasional travel to suppliers, dealers and customer sites is required (less than 10%)

Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at www.Caterpillar.com/Careers .

For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media

Relocation is available for this position.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.