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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Sr Config Engineer - Cat Defense



Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're 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.

Caterpillar Defense is the world’s foremost supplier of earthmoving equipment, engines and power generators for government agencies and military forces. These reliable and technologically advanced products are used to provide security, generate energy, and supply critical aid for millions of people around the globe.

Caterpillar Defense is seeking a Senior Configuration Engineer to support new and exciting large scale product development programs. These programs are still in the concept phases and will focus on integration of Caterpillar commercial powertrain components into new, land based, military vehicles. As a Senior Configuration Engineer, you will use your strong technical and leadership abilities to coordinate across multiple design functional groups to direct the concept designs and make system level design tradeoffs needed to meet high level functional deliverables.


  • Provide overall configuration leadership during the concept, design, development, and validation of future hybrid drivetrain solutions for governmental applications.

  • Guide a multi-functional team of design engineers to plan and execute Defense NPI programs to meet customer needs for performance, reliability, and durability within the constraints of program deadlines, product price, and program expense targets.

  • Coordination of BOM (Bill of Material) and drawing release plans for machine builds, machine updates, and production implementation.

  • Coordination and execution of NPI prototype, pilot, and production machine builds at the PPG (Peoria Proving Ground) facility.

  • Lead platform level issue resolution meetings for robust and timely resolution of NPI build, test, and field driven issues.

  • Identify and coordinate completion of validation activities of designs, which may include simulation, lab testing, and on-machine testing.

  • Some travel (<5%) to suppliers, customers, and manufacturing facilities will be required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an Engineering curriculum or Engineering Technology

  • 5 or more years of progressive engineering and product development experience

  • Ability to facilitate a highly collaborative and inclusive team culture to work through difficult issues.

  • Proficiency in engineering systems such as Creo, TeamCenter, and EDS

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Prior development experience or general knowledge of electrification and alternative power sources

  • Experience with LPPD, FEA, and FMEAs

  • Component or machine product development experience

  • Experience with NPI, SharePoint, and Teamcenter tools/processes

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated business management skills including product cost, pricing, margins, OPACC, ROI, NPV, and IRR

What You Will Get

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 day-one benefits:

Medical, dental and vision coverage
Paid time off plan (Vacation, Holiday, Volunteer, Etc.)
401k savings plan
Health savings account (HSA)
Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
Short and long-term disability coverage
Life Insurance
Paid parental leave
Healthy Lifestyle Programs
Employee Assistance Programs
Voluntary Benefits (Ex. Identity Theft Protection)

U.S. law prohibits the release of U.S. controlled technology and technical data to certain persons without authorization. This position involves items or information which may be subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or controlled for national security or other reasons under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Therefore, in order to satisfy the requirements for this position, the successfully applicant must be: (1) a U.S. citizen; (2) Green Card holder; (3) protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (8 USC 1324b(a)(3)); or (4) qualified for a license, license exemption, or other form of authorization.

Relocations assistance is available.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to 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

Relocation is available for this position.Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. 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

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

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