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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Engineer III-Systems

Country/Region:  US

Lafayette, IN, US, 47904-1863

Req ID 49630 | CSS Lafayette Staff, United States


The System Application Engineer is responsible for representing internal engineering and business departments while supporting on-site customer product development initiatives, ensuring the seamless and timely integration of ZF products into customer engineering projects, and serving as a customer liaison for all engineering applications during product development.



  • Review customer requirements and creae scope of supply as well as quote technical specifications for exceptions/special considerations
  • Create/Review performance calculations to meet Customer/OE Specs.
  • Lead/Support Integration Meetings to confirm all interfaces (Hardware, Software, Controls)
  • Support Benchmarking activities in the market.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate prototype supply requirements (quantity, delivery, etc.) between ZF location and customer.
  • 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 integration projects).
  • Perform Installation Inspections Checks and give recommendations for Approval.
  • Technical support for sales/customer visits. Serve as the technical interface to local ZF facilities: assembly, production, quality, purchasing and sales processes regarding product engineering questions as well as interface to the global engineering department.
  • Participate in continuous improvement programs and provide support to team efforts.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Ensure departmental compliance with all policies and procedures, including audit support.



  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of engineering experience in a product development environment.
  • Working knowledge of powertrain technology and the technical aspects of applications engineering within product design/development stages.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and the business/customer interface to supplier operations.
  • Knowledge of Class 3-8 N.American OEMs, their products, and the technical requirements specific to N.America.
  • Familiarity with transmission components and the technical characteristics of Powertrains (Engine to tires). 
  • Ability to utilize PDM systems (e.g. Axalant).
  • Ability to develop and convey complex technical solutions to OEM customers.
  • Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management.
  • Able to work independently manage multiple responsibilities (i.e. self-starter, self-motivated).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Commericial Driver's License required; may obtain immediately after hiring. 
  • Ability/willingness to travel (25% on average). 


Be part of our ZF team as Systems Application Engineer, Commercial Vehicle and apply now!


Paul Kirkham



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice. 

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility. 

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

What does DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) mean for ZF as a company?

At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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