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Caterpillar, Inc. Engineer-Design in Tucson, Arizona

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Job Description:

Your Impact Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

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 global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Job Description:

As an Technologist – Design in the Tracked Products Electrical Installation team you will be joining an innovative team responsible for the physical integration of electrical and electronic systems into some of Caterpillar’s largest Dozers, Hydraulic Mining Shovels and Surface Rock Drills. You will have the unique opportunity to direct and contribute to the concept and design of harnesses, power cables and component placement for systems from 24 V DC to 7200 V AC. The Electrical Installation team is part of the Tracked Products organization and is responsible for end-to-end concept and design of the harnessing and component placement for key machine systems for multiple Caterpillar applications. You will have the opportunity to strengthen your concept and 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 concepts and designs in the development of wiring harnesses, power cables and the installation of related components including hardware for electrical and electronic systems on mobile machinery.

  • Utilize Creo and Caterpillar’s proprietary Electric Lines Design tool to create highly integrated designs within the machine platforms

  • Collaborate with suppliers, purchasing and manufacturing team members

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

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

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

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • An accredited engineering degree is desired, an incumbent without a degree would typically have 9 to 12 years of progressive, relevant experience in related engineering assignments for the candidate to demonstrate an understanding of the engineering principles.

  • The amount of experience typically needed would then decrease as the amount of completed, relevant education increases.

Top Candidates will also have:

  • A passion for doing concept and design work

  • Basic understanding of mechanical design concepts especially in the areas of harness and cable routing and clipping including bracket design

  • Basic understanding of electrical systems including reading schematics

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

  • Willingness to learn or experience with hands on troubleshooting 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 methods

  • Experience collaborating with global engineering service providers

  • Experience with AC electrical systems (up to 7200 V AC)

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

Additional Information:

  • The primary location for this position is East Peoria, IL or Tucson, AZ

  • Domestic relocation assistance is available

  • This position may require 10% travel

  • Sponsorship is available

  • This posting will close at midnight on March 30, 2023

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:

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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.