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Digital Test Solutions – Senior Validation Engineer

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Location: Mossville, IL, United States
Date Posted: Sep 13, 2019

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Job Description


As an Electrical Systems Verification & Validation Senior Engineer you will serve as an experienced, individual contributor on projects and assignments in the electrical, electronics, or software field that are complex in nature and that support and enhance Caterpillar product performance, durability, reliability, quality, and serviceability.
Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
For Caterpillar, digital means using technology to extract data from our machines and engines and transform it into valuable recommendations or “insights,” to help customers make better, more informed decisions and help Caterpillar make robust products with the lowest total ownership cost. Our products generate and process large amounts of data from sensors, on-board models, and control algorithms in real-time creating real-world machine usage information. Verification/Validation Engineers are fully engaged in digital, both through a technical awareness of the digital components & systems which they test, and through expertly utilizing digital tools and methodologies when they plan and execute tests.

In this position the incumbent is beginning to build a reputation as an expert and demonstrating some leadership. Incumbents may work more directly with different units, suppliers, customers, and/or other teams and begin enhancing general and business skills. This requires the ability to communicate technical information in a concise and accurate manner. Decisions may significantly impact on: product performance, durability, quality, reliability, and serviceability; leveraging new technologies; customer perception; and total cost of non-quality.

Sr. Validation Engineers must perform complex analysis work, identifying and solving problems.  Typical they are expected to:  
  • Clarify product requirements and ensure alignment with appropriate stakeholders
  • Organize and facilitate FMEAs or functional/performance/behavior analyses
  • Assist in the creation of validation plans and define acceptance criteria
  • Evaluate existing validations controls, standard test procedures for effective risk mitigation
  • Execute and/or coordinate execution of product tests
  • Analyze test results and summarize conclusions
  • Document test conclusions with traceability
  • Track product development issues to completion
  • Communicate technical information to team members and other business units
  • Generate and present accurate reports for validation thoroughness, status, and results
  • Innovate for efficiency
 Keeping up with industry trends and new technology breakthroughs is essential and requires continuous learning through self/internet study as well as interaction with other engineers through conferences and papers.  Engineers must manage their own development, continuously learning through experience and staying abreast of technology.  Key skills to be developed at this level are optimal techniques for utilizing vender/internal tools for verification/validation, knowledge of the NPI process, and communication skills. 


 Basic Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in Engineering, plus 2 to 5 years experience or a Bachelor degree in an accredited Engineering plus 4 to 7 years experience.
  • Two years experience in test automation framework/library development
  • Two years experience in Python software development and related processes
  • Two years experience in Telematics devices, backoffice dataflow, and connectivity 
  • Two years experience in test case development, execution, and reporting 
  • Multiple projects using hardware in the loop (HIL) for product testing embedded controls/telematics systems
Top Candidates Will Also Have:
Prior experience with Caterpillar diagnostic and instrumentation tools is highly desired.
Experience with Microsoft Azure DevOps workflow management tool suite, including experience with integrating automation is highly desired.
Further, as this position delivers verification/validation for electronic systems, it is highly desired for incumbents to have demonstrated expertise in operation and fault modes of: electronic sensors, actuators & other inductive loads, classic controls methods (e.g. PID), communication networks (e.g. J1939/CAN/Ethernet), test automation, and instrumentations & data collection tools. Further, since today’s electronic systems typically involve embedded software, it is highly
desired for incumbents to have demonstrated expertise in: programing, graphical programming environments, version management tools, and software development processes.

Further, top candidates will have demonstrated:
  • Experience working with a different unit or working with different products, processes, or systems
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to perform complex assignments
  • Self-starter with strong technical leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively with team members and others in work group, as well as employees in other units, customers, and suppliers


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Sep 13, 2019


United States