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Industrial Designer

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Location: Clayton, NC, United States
Date Posted: Mar 4, 2021

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JOB SUMMARY: The Caterpillar Industrial Design team has a 60-year history developing CAT brand products in collaboration with our global product teams. Our team is growing, and we are looking for a multi-talented, passionate designer who wants to make a serious impact designing a broad spectrum of products. This role will be in North Carolina working as part of a small team in a dynamic, rewarding and fast paced environment.

JOB PURPOSE: The Industrial Designer position requires interfacing with all levels of engineering and product management in order to create and convey key Product Identity elements and lead compliance / brand infusion into final designs. Each project presents many design challenges forcing the designer to balance cost, manufacturability, customer use / expectation, market needs and brand promise execution. The Industrial Designer creates future product concepts to New Product Introduction (NPI) offerings.


  • Develop concepts to final designs for NPI that embody Product Identity (brand infusion), Styling, and optimized UX / UI
  • Develop concepts for Multi Generation Product Plans (future product / service - vision casting)
  • Develop “blue dot” product / service concepts (disruptive / innovative / novel) to guide future NPI
  • Develop final designs of new machines, cabs, components or related products – Major and minor.
  • Develop differentiated product / component designs that make Cat brand more desirable than other offerings.
  • Consult directly to BU Product Mgrs., NPI Mgrs. Marketing Mgrs., Project Engineers, Dealers, and End Users in order to understand project or product needs
  • Gather project information including current product and competitive product photographs / observations
  • Participate in / respond to market / customer research, dialog, surveys, or needs for future products
  • Leverage / understand CID expectations, end user, CAT Brand DNA, Product Identity and Styling requirements
  • Leverage CID expert product operators to understand the operation of machines to help make decisions as to operator needs, visibility requirements and help to understand cab to machine interface.  
  • Generate 2D / 3D product design concepts for current product revision, future products or exploratory purposes
  • Present 2D / 3D design concepts as hand sketches, electronic renderings or 3D models
  • Present design concepts to Product / Industrial Design teams in person or via WebEx calls anywhere in world
  • Modify / refine concepts to meet updated BU / market needs, changes, or future product requirements and re-present
  • Deliver updated 3D electronic models / sketches to engineering for interpretation and new 3D data construction
  • Consult with / to component supplier as needed to resolve product design intent / manufacturing issues
  • Facilitate initial communication between product team and model shop for mockup construction if needed.
  • Oversee mockup construction through Model Builders and generate clarification sketches / electronic models if needed
  • Facilitate initial communication between product team and model shop for mockup construction if needed.
  • Oversee mockup construction through Model Builders and generate clarification sketches / electronic models if needed
  • Participate/advise in product quality, safety and serviceability reviews
  • Advise/Create / Revise Product Identity / Brand touch point design guideline
  • Develop consistent look and feel design elements with proper brand DNA
  • Excellent 2D Hand sketching, 2D electronic rendering and electronic photo-retouching
  • Excellent 3D electronic model retrieval and manipulation
  • Strong 3D electronic “A” surface modeling to convey concepts & transfer to engineering and /or suppliers
  • Strong visual and oral presentation with emphasis on world class concept rendering for clarity
  • Develop/Present “industrial design” and its roll at Caterpillar


Basic Qualifications:

  • Position requires a four year degree from an accredited college or university with Industrial Design
  • 3 plus years of relevant work experience

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Portfolio that demonstrates
    • Excellent 2D skills [sketching]
    • Strong concept CAD skills [Alias preferred]
    • Strong visualization skills [KeyShot]
    • Excellent knowledge of form development
  • Ability to verbally communicate design intent to non-designers
  • Passion for design
  • Experience executing design to production
  • Knowledge of materials and processes
  • Experience leading projects

Please include portfolio when applying.

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

Relocation is available for this position.

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

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Mar 4, 2021


United States