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System Application Engineer

Location: 

Auburn Hills, MI, US, 48326

Req ID 39917 | Auburn Hills, United States

  

Position Summary: The System Application Engineer EV is responsible for the overall system application of commercial vehicle ePowertrain products into Truck, Bus and Pickup vehicle applications. Represents ZF as the primary technical liaison to the customer. Acts as a technical project manager to the customer during the acquisition/application/development phases of new launch programs, with a focus on hardware topics. The controls topics are coordinated with the Software Application Engineer who is acting in tandem to this System Application Engineer.

 

Position Responsibilities:

 

· Working with the CV ePowertrain propulsion products (central electric drives, wheel/axle electric drives)

· Manage Customer Technical Requirements & Specifications related to our ePowertrain application activities.

· Support all customer requests for overall engineering documentation and data needed as part of their engineering

release processes.

· Develops engineering overall program/project timelines, and maintains open issues lists.

· Oversee and support technical communication (design, testing, change-management, and project/program

management) by serving as the liaison between ZF global product engineering and local customer engineering

departments.

· Support design evaluations and package studies at the customer; coordinate the distribution of information and

serve as the intermediary/gatekeeper for confidential data exchange.

· Respond quickly and develop corrective actions for technical and business issues during product development

initiatives.

· Coordinate the controls/software/calibration topics with the Software Application Engineer who is acting in tandem

to this System Application Engineer.

· Coordinate prototype supply requirements (quantity, delivery, etc.) between ZF location and customer.

· Clearly and professionally communicate plans and results (reports, meetings, customer presentations, development

test plans and reports, software checklists, etc.), verbally and in writing, to manager, coworkers (international &

local), industry partners, and customers.

· Support (on-site as necessary) in any issues arising during customer testing stages related to ZF product (including,

but is not limited to, providing technical support for customer prototype and vehicle builds, software and vehicle

tests, dynamometer and component tests, and transmission systems application projects).

· Review the local market and research new technologies that may improve Powertrain control principles, and

develop recommendations accordingly. Innovate and develop patentable designs – support IP activities.

· Provide technical support as needed to the Field Organization, Service Parts, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing, OEMS,

and suppliers.

· Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional

publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.

· Participate in continuous improvement programs and provide support to team efforts.

· Travel requirements: 25% on average (mainly domestic, with international for training)

· Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Essential Skills and Experience:

· B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical, Computer/Software, Automotive or related field)

· 5+ years of engineering experience in systems or hardware, controls or software, product development, testing, and/or manufacturing environment (includes co-op and/or internship experience).

· Experience with CV ePowertrain propulsion products (central electric drives, wheel/axle electric drives)

· Working knowledge of powertrain technology and the technical aspects of applications engineering within product design/development stages.

· Interdisciplinary project management experience within global matrix organization

· Experience and ability to interface with customers, cross-functional teams, and all levels of personnel/management. Able to manage multiple technical projects simultaneously.

· Ability to develop and convey complex technical solutions to OEM customers.

· Proficient with Microsoft Office software.

· Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management

. · Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

· Strong verbal and written communication skills

. · Able to work independently manage multiple responsibilities (i.e. self-starter, self-motivated).

· English language - same level of proficiency as native-speaker.

 

Preferred Skills and experience:

 

· Master’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, or related field)

· 7+ years of experience as an Application Engineer within a powertrain development and/or manufacturing

environment (specifically within truck or automotive industry)

· Solid knowledge of N.American Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty truck OEMs, their products, and the technical

requirements specific to N.America (Class 3-8).

· Deep knowledge of the technical components and control functions of Central Electric and Axle Electric

transmissions and powertrains – especially for the medium duty and heavy duty truck market.

· Experience with N.American Class 3-8 Engines (Electric and/or Diesel) a plus. Experience with standard Engine /

Transmission service tools and software.

· High Voltage powertrain knowledge, training, and certifications.

· Commercial Driver’s License: Ability/Willingness to get one within a year.

 

Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are

representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the associate is occasionally required to stand, sit, use hands to

finger, handle or feel objects, tools; or controls; reach with hands and arms; ascend stairs; balance; stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear taste or smell. The associate must occasionally lift and /or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.

 

Work Environment: While performing the duties of the job, the associate is exposed to an office atmosphere with some manufacturing/lab exposur

 

Be part of our ZF team as System Application Engineer and apply now!

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENTTo harness the power of innovation, we invest in the development of diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to our company.Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

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ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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