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

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Job Description:

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.

Job Summary

To 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.

Job Duties:

  • Performs expert level break-fix & preventative maintenance. This includes but is not limited to: observing devises in operation to location root cause of problem; dismantling devices to gain access to and remove defective parts; examining parts to detect imperfections; adjustment of functional parts of devices and control instruments; repair and/or replacement of defective parts; testing of device to observe performance; and performing tests for electrical circuitry and mechanical systems; reconditioning and repairing machine tools.

  • Identifies and sources parts, supplies and repair items as necessary. Performs evaluations of alternatives to improve cost and / or reliability of equipment.

  • Independently performs maintenance as per industry standards.

  • Works with Planning/Scheduling department to optimize preventative maintenance procedures.

  • May be required to setup and operate multiple machining operations including but not limited to: lathe, drill press, grinder, and other metalworking tools to make and repair parts.

  • Complies with 5S and housekeeping standards.

  • Leads, drives and participates in CI activities--processes, results and cost savings using CI tools and methodology.

  • Provides assistance to lower level technicians and leadership to project teams. Performs expert functions as a part of training and development.

  • Troubleshoots and analyzes complex control systems to resolve in-depth software/ hardware and configuration problems.

  • Must be competent with CNC controls to include Fanuc and Siemens 840D Controls

  • Must be competent with PLC’s to include Modicon, Allen Bradley and Siemens.

  • Must be competent with hydraulic theory and practical maintenance.

  • Must be competent with machine tool geometry adjustment and repair.

  • Utilizes predictive maintenance technologies to collect equipment performance data. Observes trends and makes recommendations.

  • Updates records and reviews CMMS history and analyzes data.

  • Completes and conducts on-the-job training and technical self-study programs for career development.

  • Follows all safety related policies, rules, regulations, technical instructions, and guidelines. Situational awareness and identify unsafe behaviors and conditions.

Basic Requirements:

  • Incumbents must have demonstrated excellent analytical skills and the ability to perform complex assignments.

  • Requires a self-starter with strong technical leadership skills.

  • Must have ability to communicate technical information effectively with team members and others in the work group, as well employees in other units, customers, and suppliers.

Top Candidates May Also Have:

  • Requires a bachelor degree in an accredited Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science curriculum plus 9-12 years of experience or a master’s degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science curriculum plus 6-8 years of experience or a doctorate degree plus 1 to 2 years of experience.

Additional Information:

  • This position is located in Mapleton, IL.

  • This position will close on 10/28/21 at 11:59pm.

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position.

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.

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.