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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL




mossville, il, usa
Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Integrated Components & Solutions has an opening for an Engineer-Research position within the Manufacturing Technology & Solutions team located in Mossville, Illinois. The Engineer-Research role will have a focus on research and development of automation technologies that are focused on manufacturing process optimization. The candidate will be responsible for supporting projects across a wide range of automation, asset connectivity, and machine learning/vision systems. Incumbent will interface directly with multiple teams including Engineering, Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain, Product Change Control and Safety. In this role you will work both independently and as part of a team to maintain and improve processes and systems used in manufacturing.

This is a technical contributor role on research and development projects representing a shift from learning and assisting to fully contributing to assignments that are broader, more complex, and challenging in nature.

Job Duties

The key role of this research engineering position is to move from learning and assisting others to fully contributing. At this level, Engineers begin partnering with and providing technical guidance within and between units and other teams. Projects typically range from six months to three years. Ability to gather relevant information, compare data, identify relationships, and predict and manage failures is critical. Opportunities include challenging the status quo and championing new initiatives, collaborating with team members and other teams, and keeping abreast of advancing technology. Decisions may affect the work group or project team, suppliers, multiple units, and both internal and external customers, and these decisions have significant impact on warranty, total cost of non-quality, customer perception, costs, sales, and the leveraging of technology.

Individuals may have multiple assignments during their tenure as Engineer - Research. Assignments may require the Engineer to review the work of technicians or other support personnel, provide technical advice to individuals at various levels in the organization and work with another unit or team. Assignments will become more complex and require the Engineer to assume a significant role, either as an individual contributor or as part of a project team, with increasing emphasis on analyzing, identifying, and applying engineering techniques to solve problems and make recommendations.

Key areas of responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all of the following: perform needs analysis and initiate ideas; evaluate new products, processes, or systems; communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units; contribute to the design of new products and processes; perform product and process maintenance; collaborate with and support other engineers, managers, marketing personnel, customers and suppliers, keep up to date on new technologies, and represent the company externally.

Engineers must manage their own development, continuously learning through experience and staying abreast of technology. Key learning should be rounded out during this tenure, including knowledge of Caterpillar and competitive product performance and application, understanding of customers’ needs, working knowledge of key processes, data analysis, and data extraction skills. Project management skills are being honed at this level.

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

Implement creative solutions and validate effectiveness of changes including documentation and training of those improvements.

Identify root causes and implement corrective actions to address Safety, Quality, Velocity, and Cost opportunities identified through projects. Analyze and recommend current and future systems, procedures, training, and equipment needs based upon understanding and communication with shop floor operators, Operations staff, Safety and CPPD with design engineering.

Propose, lead and support research projects supporting MSODLF and STLF objectives.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

2-3 years of engineering experience

General knowledge of automation concepts or robotics

General knowledge of networked machines

General knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

General knowledge of data analytics

Top Candidates will also have

Experience with robot and/or PLC programming

Experience with machine tool connectivity

Experience with 3D modeling software

Experience with machine learning / vision systems

Additional Information

The location for this position is Building TC-K Mossville, Illinois.

Domestic relocation assistance is available for this position.

This position will require up to 25% travel.

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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