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Software Controls Engineer

Company: Cummins
Location: Arlington
Posted on: September 15, 2018

Job Description:

Applies specialized knowledge of engineering principles and practices to assigned tasks to develop and support activities in the
area of electrical & electronics engineering. This may include one or more of the following: Developing the electrical and electronics specifications. Designing electrical and electronic systems and components. Analyzing and simulating electrical and electronic capabilities. Implementing and generating software.
Verifying and validating controls, hardware, or software. Tuning controls. Releasing controls, hardware, or software.
Troubleshooting controls, hardware, or software issues. Servicing and maintaining controls, hardware, or software. Managing
life-cycle obsolescence , Design and Analysis of Electric Generators/Alternators and motors, Electrical Circuit Design, Performance simulation of Electrical Power Systems. Electrical and Electronics includes all electrical and electronic elements within the system: Open and closed loop controls.
Electronic control modules and related microcontroller architectures. Electronic devices.
Embedded software. Sensors and switches. Actuators, mechatronics, electric motors, alternators/generators, and relays. Ignition systems. Battery
systems. Electrical and Electronic tools and information products. Electrical and Electronic tool interfaces. Interconnects and harnesses. Datalinks and communication networks. Machine electronics interfaces. Typical roles include: Electrical and Electronics systems, Hardware, Software,Controls and diagnostics design and Electronic controls application.

Applies technical expertise on complex components or projects with minimal supervision.
Leads small projects or portions of large projects.
Provides technical direction for a project or a project team.
Participates as a key contributor and is accountable for project success.
Influences at department or program management level.
Provides input on program-related decisions.
Proposes innovative initiatives and projects.
Demonstrates depth of knowledge of engineering discipline(s) and leverages expertise on other projects.
Troubleshoots complex problems and recommends appropriate actions.
Assists with the transfer of knowledge; coaches and mentors less experienced engineers.

Manage Execution - Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge of managing execution. Coordinates performance
across regions, teams, and departments on complex projects and work flows. Applies a broad range of planning and monitoring
tools. Defines planning and review practices that result in few missed milestones and minimal surprises. Effectively delegates
to ensure completion of complex projects and work. Monitors progress of others and redirects efforts when goals change or are
not met. Measures effectiveness of execution through defined metrics and disciplined monitoring.

The skills will include one or more of the following

Analog Circuit Design - Analog circuit design at Cummins focuses on electronic hardware for control and/or power conversion
systems. A person with this skill designs/ analyzes: actuator driver, power supply, signal conditioning (digital), analog and
frequency type sensors, and system power bus/ grounding. Has performed analog circuit design on several boards of
moderate to high complexity and part count. Has knowledge and experience with analog tools and process. Routinely resolves
circuit functional and performance issues with analysis, simulation, and testing.

Digital Circuit Design - Digital circuit design is the skill set necessary to understand, specify, analyze, and design digital
electronic circuits or devices. Skills include: knowledge of bi-state digital components, ability to memory map devices to a
microprocessor, ability to perform timing analysis, ability to design digital circuit boards of moderate complexity which involve
analysis and schematic capture. A Hardware Engineer will have detailed knowledge and experience with the tools and
processes of this field and could resolve circuit functional and performance issues with analysis, simulation, and testing.

Harness & Interconnect Design - Harness and interconnect design involves specification and selection of : connectors, wire
gauge, length, routing, tie-down, and protection mechanisms. A harness designer will know principles, techniques, procedures,
fail modes/symptoms and can repair, service, or select connectors with appropriate sub-components. Can perform harness /
interconnect design effectively with minimum supervision, knows different connector systems used on Cummins' engines and
can recommend the proper connector systems or cable type for specific applications. Familiar with the documents governing
harness design or connector service.

Mechanical Design & Performance Requirements - This skill set describes the ability to understand, specify, and validate
requirements for the design of electronic components. Knowledge expected: An understanding of how electronic designs
respond to mechanical environment conditions and methods required to validate designs for a specific environment.
Understands the underlying principles, techniques, and procedures for mechanical design of electronic hardware. Able to
converse fluently with suppliers on subject matter.
Design for Six Sigma - At the core of Design for Six Sigma is a process based on critical parameter management and statistical
management using a capability growth index. Obtained a trained Green Belt or trained Black Belt certification.

Electronic Component Specifications - The purpose of this skill is to provide high quality specifications for electronic
components (e.g., electronic control modules, actuators, and sensors) that ensure our suppliers design and manufacture
electronic components that delight our customers for reliability and cost. Also, ensure our customers' issues and concerns are
addressed before the component is designed. Related skills include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), mechanical
environmental requirements, analog circuit design, and digital circuit design. Routinely defines and generates specifications for
electronic components.

Diagnostics - The candidate has knowledge of the physical system being monitored, and skill in developing software to
implement diagnostics. The candidate has knowledge of requirements, government regulation driven needs, service fault
detection and isolation needs, and engine control / protection requirements. Can apply diagnostics for component health and
for monitoring engine and subsystem performance (coolant temperature, oil pressure, EGR flow, turbo performance, etc.).
Troubleshoot diagnostics problems, make minor diagnostics design changes, develops simple algorithms, calibrates algorithms
using tuning guide, performs testing against a test plan and prepares certification documentation.

Electrical Environmental Requirements - This skill involves the ability to understand, specify, and manipulate the characteristics
of an electrical system with the goal of providing a system that will not be damaged or exhibit unacceptable performance during
normal operation and potential failure modes. Skill users understand the underlying principles, techniques and procedures. Can
participate with component design teams (such as control module) in defining electronic environments.

Embedded Software Design - Embedded software design consists of aspects such as architectural design, abstract
specification and interface design, component design, data structure design, and algorithm design. Uses embedded software
design appropriately as part of work. Understands the underlying principles, techniques, and procedures. Creates appropriate
design documentation for review.

Microcontroller Architecture - Understands the functions of the microcontroller and all of its sub-modules in sufficient detail to
permit them to design a microcontroller into an electronic system. Capable of writing software programs for the microcontroller
and its programmable sub-modules.- Familiar with detailed block diagram of Interface MCU to other hardware.

Electrical Circuit Design - Understanding the principles of electric circuit theory - Ohm, Norton, Thevenin, Faraday, Lenz and practicalities of applying these theorems to products. Application of this to design and analyze winding in rotor and stator of electrical machines Execution of the winding diagrams based on the existing constructive elements. A.C. winding diagram interpretation. Design, redesign, D.C. concentrated coils execution, A.C. coils execution for low and high voltage.

Performance Simulation - Use of mathematic models and computer aided engineering/scientific design tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, MATH CAD etc to simulate steady state, dynamic and transient operation of an electrical machine.

Electrical Power Systems - Understanding of the principles of electrical systems in power generation industry, such as distributed/embedded power generation, conventional centralised power generation, islanded/standalone power system etc. Understanding for power generation, transmission, and distribution systems. Knowledge of power systems & analysis and how the electrical generator performance are influenced when they are connected to power systems.

Education, Licenses, Certifications
University, or equivalent degree in Engineering required. Advanced degrees are preferred.

Intermediate level of relevant work experience required. Five or more years experience in a similar discipline...... click apply for full job details

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