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Are you looking for your opportunity to leverage your engineering expertise to make an impact in building a better world? Are you a self-starter who wants to get out the office and get on a machine that moves earth? Then we have a great opportunity for you to join the Peoria Proving Ground team at Caterpillar as an Engineering Project Team Leader - Hy draulics Test and Validation . In this exciting career impacting role, you will be heavily involved with the development of the latest hydraulic systems. You will be instrumental in identifying and solving technical issues prior to the machine going into production. You will partner with and provide validation and technical guidance to global teams at Caterpillar and will have the opportunity to work closely with our hydraulic system and component partners, as well as our Machine Development groups. You will be directly involved in the design, validation, and testing, of new products primarily for hydraulic systems and components, but could include other machine systems. You will continually learn and stay abreast of innovative technology. You will also continue to grow your professional network, in an exciting field with strong prospects for growth, both personally and professionally.
This position is located at the Peoria Proving Grounds (PPG) where we test and validate machines from those currently in production, to those machines that are in the next wave of development of the newest and latest Caterpillar machines. You will be directly involved with hands-on, on-machine testing. This is an exciting role working on a strong team with the latest Caterpillar machines in the dirt!
Specifically, in this role, you can expect to:
  • Create and execute validation testing plans, collaboratively with hydraulic system and machine development engineers, controls engineers and other system partners.
  • Develop and execute tests for new products and/or continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Analyze data, summarize and document test results.
  • Prepare in-depth studies for customers and present to high-level internal and external managers.
  • Prepare required project documentation.
  • Assist other team members by mentoring and providing technical guidance for difficult issues and problems.
  • Identify and assist in resolving hydraulic hardware and/or software issues and provide technical/troubleshooting support.
  • Prepare and present hydraulic system readiness summaries.
  • Advocate hydraulic system validation expectations and requirements.
  • Confer with management, engineering, and other staff regarding scheduling, capabilities and process improvements.
  • Work with the latest technology and techniques while continuously learning on the job!

To be successful in this role, you must bring (Basic Qualifications):
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology, Mechanical, Electrical, or similar related.
  • 8 years minimum demonstrated experience with on-machine testing, working with instrumentation and performing data analysis, including at least 4 years of experience with product design and development process, including New Product Introduction (NPI) and Continuous Product Improvement (CPI).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and complex projects.
  • Strong skills in program management, communication, and customer relations
  • Exhibited ability to communicate technical information effectively with team members and others in work group, as well as business units, customers, and suppliers.

Top Candidates Will Also Bring (desired qualifications)
  • Proving Ground or other on-machine testing experience or background.
  • Previous machine and machine controls experience.
  • EDAQ, DEWESoft, DATK or related instrumentation data acquisition and analysis experience.
  • Experience with PPG Caterpillar WorkFlow/IronFlow system.
  • Technical report writing experience
  • Experience working with global team
  • This job requires a self-starter with strong hydraulic technical skills and excellent analytical skills

This position may require up to 10% travel.
The estimated salary range for this position is $115,000 to $130,000.
How We Support You (Employee Benefits)
Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. We offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of a yearly bonus. Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).
The Power of Everyone
At Caterpillar, we believe each person is unique and valued, and are committed to ensuring that our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe. Different perspectives help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high-performing Caterpillar team that makes positive changes in the communities where we live and work.
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