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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Design Engineer, Embedded Software Developer - Systems & Components



Software Engineering, Design
Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, October 20, 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

Responsible for completing general embedded software development assignments, as well as contributing to design teams on electrical projects for vehicle chassis, and/or components, and/or systems. To develop embedded software control design concepts and associated documentation to support the manufacturing of products.


Development to meet design compliance to Engineering Standards, product quality and product cost.  Interface with other Komatsu Engineering groups and suppliers as required for exchange of technical information.


Provide technical support to Manufacturing for vehicle build issues, Marketing plus Sales for vehicle sales issues, and Service plus Parts for customer issues.


Visit customer sites for resolution of product issues, promotion of sales, maintaining knowledge of mine environment, and understanding customer expectations.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and update software requirements, create embedded software, write test requirements, and required documentation, support software releasing and implementation.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Write clear and concise memo’s including drafts of technical documentation such as Parts and Service News, Operator and Shop Manuals, etc.  Make presentations during Design Reviews, etc.  Keep Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer informed of project status and advise of potential risks to the successful completion of the project to provide opportunity for timely corrective action.
  • Develop Quality Confirmation Check Sheets for design concepts.
  • Discuss, negotiate, and resolve specification issues with Manufacturing and Suppliers, as required.  Understand and accommodate manufacturing capabilities and limitations.
  • Determine required quality confirmation tests and coordinate with Test Department.
  • 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.
  • Support Production of Prototype development by resolving problems with effective countermeasures and follow-up documentation.
  • Support Service and QA departments by determining root cause of problems and developing effective countermeasures.
  • Present design concept, quality confirmation check sheet and design progress at Design Review Meetings.
  • Support Sales and Marketing by ensuring that product meets customer expectations and by developing special features as required.
  • Travel to machine worksites to participate in surveys, investigate problems, understand applications, determine customer expectations, install, and evaluate countermeasures, etc.


  • BS Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or related technical field from an accredited university with at least 2 years of work experience in the design of related products.     OR
    • Associates degree in a technical field with at least 7 years of work experience in the design of related products.    OR
    • 12 years of work experience in the design of related products.
  • Experience in engineering principles including structural mechanics, hydraulics, heat transfer, electricity, ergonomics, etc.
  • Software architecture development experience in C on embedded platforms, including commercial RTOS. 
  • Understanding of Linux and Linux application development.
  • Experience with communication protocols including J1939 and TCP/IP.
  • An understanding of Micro-controllers and Embedded development.
  • Experience working with multi-thread real-time systems.
  • Experience bench testing and debugging embedded systems.
  • Proficiency in software applications including Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point, as a minimum.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including international travel up to 5% of working time.


The ideal candidate would additionally have experience in the following:

  • Experience developing CAN/J1939 datalink communication software.
  • Experience with model-based software development including Matlab/Simulink and embedded software architecture experience.
  • Experience with mining trucks or mining equipment.
  • Experience in leading development projects and ability to take ownership of projects and drive them to completion with minimal supervision.


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.