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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Design Engineer - Hydraulics



Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

To design, develop and revise components or systems in order to meet customer expectations of performance, quality, cost and delivery. This includes the generalized design of the overall machine as well as specialized design of components (work equipment, undercarriage, etc.), systems (hydraulic, electrical, cooling, engine installations, etc.) and attachments.  

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Develop drawings, design parts, specify components, route systems (hydraulic/electrical) and create assemblies utilizing 3D CAD, appropriate Komatsu Engineering Standards (KES), ISO Standards, etc.
  • Communicate effectively; write clear concise memo’s including drafts of technical documentation such as Parts and Service News PSN, Operation Manuals OM, and Shop Manuals. Submit technical documents summarizing Design Studies, Quality Confirmation Check Sheets and Trip Reports.
  • Discuss, negotiate and resolve specification issues with Manufacturing and Suppliers during Prototype development and pre-series production. Understand and accommodate manufacturing capabilities and limitations. Resolve all issues with effective countermeasures and follow-up documentation.
  • Conduct Design Reviews to meet Quality, cost and Delivery targets established for the Project. Present design concept, Quality Confirmation Check Sheet and design progress at Design Review Meetings.
  • Meet Quality, Cost and Delivery targets established for the Project. Utilize continuous improvement techniques to improve quality, reduce cost and lead time, etc..
  • Maintain effective Engineering change control by preparing and processing appropriate Engineering Release Letters. Release drawings and supporting technical information into Bills of Material using appropriate software such as GDMS, SAP, etc.
  • Interface with other Komatsu Engineering groups and suppliers as required for exchange of technical information and policies.
  • Support Production, Service and QA departments by resolving problems, determining root cause with effective documentation and countermeasure planning based on engineering disciplines.
  • Recognize and document new technology and submit for possible Patent Application. Submit ideas for “unrivaled features” which could significantly improve market share, profitability, etc.
  • Travel to machine worksites to participate in surveys, investigate problems, understand applications, determine customer expectations, install and evaluate countermeasures, etc. (Domestic and International Travel)


  • BS Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical or equivalent) and approximately 3–5 years of accomplished experience.  (Associates degree may be acceptable if sufficient experience and accomplishment is evident.)
  • Proficiency in engineering principles including but not limited to structural mechanics, hydraulics, heat transfer, electricity, ergonomics, 3D CAD and data management.
  • Proficiency in software applications including 3D CAD (Pro Engineer Wildfire 2.0 or 4.0), Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point, as a minimum.
  • Knowledge of engineering standards in drawing practice, dimensioning and tolerancing, drawing symbols, welding practice, etc.  Use and understanding of Komatsu Engineering Standards, ISO standards, SAE standards is essential.  (However, if the candidate is being hired from another company, a reasonable time will be provided to gain this Komatsu - specific proficiency.)
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including international travel.

Hydraulic Systems - Appropriate knowledge in the specialized areas of hydraulic systems, including lubricants, seals, valves, ISO and MSHA regulations and recommended practices.  General knowledge of electronics, engines, and drive systems.  In addition, knowledge of construction/mining/forestry practices, serviceability and maintenance procedures, operator preferences, etc. must be incorporated into the designs.

Hydraulic Components - Appropriate knowledge in the specialized areas of hydraulic components, including hydraulic cylinders, suspensions, brakes, lubricants, seals, ISO and MSHA regulations and recommended practices.  In addition, knowledge of construction/mining/forestry practices, serviceability and maintenance procedures, operator preferences, etc. must be incorporated into the designs.

Physical Requirements:  While performing the duties of this job, the associate is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (life, carry, move) light to medium weights of 1-10 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information. The associate frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

Additional Information

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.