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Caterpillar, Inc. Senior Engineer - Performance/Simulation/Application in Decatur, Illinois

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Your Work Shapes the World

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure. Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs. Join us.


As a Senior Engineer - Performance/Simulation/Application you will serve as an experienced individual contributor on projects and assignments that are complex in nature and that support and enhance Caterpillar product performance, durability, reliability, quality, and serviceability. This position focuses on working with multiple products, design, simulation, research, and validation groups across Caterpillar. Although this position may be the transition from individual contributor to team leadership, the major focus of the job is on technical delivery.

Job Duties

In this role, you will work primarily on projects involving identification, analysis, and resolution of potential structural issues encountered during the development and certification of Roll-Over-Protective-Structures (ROPS). Typical job duties involve performing pre-test analysis predictions, lab test planning, post-test analysis correlation, and helping with design improvement iterations of ROPS systems for mining, construction, and earthmoving products. Other areas of responsibility include, but not limited to, performing nonlinear bolted joint analysis, impact analysis, and fatigue evaluation of machine structures and linkages. You are expected to collaborate with multiple engineering groups within Caterpillar to define analysis needs and develop feasible solutions for new product development, current product improvement, and cost reduction programs.

Success factors for the incumbents include demonstrating excellent analytical skills and a mastery of engineering concepts. Major challenges facing incumbents are meeting goals for cost, reliability, and performance, and managing multiple priorities. This position must keep up to date on changing customer needs as the project progresses, stay current with new technology, and provide guidance and direction on the project to less experienced engineers, technologists, and technicians. Incumbents may be expected to bear significant responsibility for completion of a project with major focus on delivery.

Learning will focus on methods, processes and systems applied to engineering functions, key engineering and communication skills, practical application of theory, and building a comprehensive knowledge of Caterpillar’s products and its applications, customers, suppliers, and competitors.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil engineering plus 9 to 12 years of experience in the application of finite element analysis methods OR a Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil engineering, plus 6 to 8 years of experience in the application of finite element analysis methods.

With either education or work experience combination, must have a minimum of 5 years of experience with developing ROPS system based on ISO 3471, performing nonlinear material, large deformation, contact, impact, and nonlinear bolted joint analysis processes using Abaqus Implicit and/or Explicit solvers. In addition, 6-8 years of experience is required in the use of Creo, NX/SC3D, Ansys, Hypermesh or other popular commercially available CAD/CAE tools.

Top Candidates will also have

Advanced analytical skills in solving complex nonlinear structural analysis problems

Experience of working concurrently on 3 or more projects

Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner

Experience of coaching, developing and mentoring team members

Demonstrated a high level of initiative and accountability

Strong leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills

Additional Information

The location for this position is Champaign, IL

Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Any relocation costs incurred would be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

This position may require 10% travel

Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

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 www.Caterpillar.com/Careers .

For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media

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

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.