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Oerlikon Fairfield

18th July 2018

Automotive Project Engineer
Job Description

Segment: Drive Systems - Lafayette

Function:      Automotive Project Engineer

Reports to:   VP of Engineering

Location:      Midwest

Effective:      Immediate

Position Summary:

The Automotive Project Engineer will be responsible for the day to day planning and engineering initiatives for automotive transmission projects in North America. The Automotive Project Engineer is the primary technical resource, and will be responsible for actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process, as well as the design of transmission components for automotive applications. Working in conjunction with the sales team as the key technical advisor and in cooperation with the product engineering group, must be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all related technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction through all stages of the sales and design process. Prepares and analyzes project schedules including identification of critical path activities to monitor progress and provide early identification of potential solutions or mitigations for identified issues. Must be able to establish and maintain strong relationships throughout the sales and development cycle.

Tasks and Responsibilities:


  • Design and development of new automotive transmission products 
  • Support Business Development activities by providing specification and design development support to prospective and existing customers with technical presentations and technical meetings
  • Maintain expert level of product knowledge and application
  • Articulate ODS technology and product positioning to both engineering and procurement personnel at OEM’s and Tier 1’s
  • Respond to functional and technical elements of RFIs/RFPs
  • Listen, understand and convey customer requirements to internal cross-functional global team members: engineering, manufacturing, program management, procurement, estimating, and quality within ODS
  • Travel to project sites to perform technical presentations, start-up integration/prototypes, and training services
  • Perform failure analysis and/or troubleshooting



  • Resolve customer issues or difficulties in a timely manner that is consistent with the company mission, values, and financial objectives
  • Establish contact with key customers and strengthen/maintain professional business relationships within target accounts
  • Provide status of ongoing projects and future projects
  • Identify customer's needs and sales opportunities to help deliver the 5 year business plan
  • Some international travel required


Knowledge & Skills Summary:


  • Experience with Automotive Tier 1 and OEM’s
  • Competent in start of the art transmission design and development including hybrid and AWD variants
  • Proficient in analyzing application data for powertrain components through calculations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project
  • Proficient in parametric modeling software
  • Knowledge of automotive product development processes
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 quality requirements for automotive design


Education and work Experience:

· BA/BS in engineering, technical Field, or technical specialist within transmission and driveline

· Experience 5–10 Years in engineering automotive transmissions and driveline Systems


Fairfield Manufacturing Company Inc.
Human Resources

2400 Sagamore Parkway South

Tel. no.  765-772-4000

Fax no.  765-772-4021

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