Caterpillar Inc.


  • Full Time

Career Area:


Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you’re joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other.  We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Role Definition

Designs develops, builds, and implements new components, products, or technologies backed up by strong analysis and simulation.


Hands-on Structural analysis and simulation
Researching new materials and competitive products. Organizing, coordinating, and executing the building, testing, and analysis of prototypes.
Assisting supply specialists and buyers with supplier development and supplier performance. Overseeing the efforts of drafting and testing specialists.
Developing and documenting functional requirements and translating them into detailed design documents. Participating in buy-build analysis for product components.
Participating in and supporting proposal preparation, cost estimates, and technical reports.
Requires a degree in an accredited Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science curriculum.

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with more than 4+ years of relevant experience or master’s degree in mechanical engineering with 2+ years of relevant experience
Skill Descriptors
Analytical Thinking: Knowledge of techniques and tools that promote effective analysis; ability to determine the root cause of organizational problems and create alternative solutions that resolve these problems.
Level Working Knowledge:

Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue and determining its significance.
Makes a systematic comparison of two or more alternative solutions.
Uses flow charts, Pareto charts, fish diagrams, etc. to disclose meaningful data patterns.
Identifies the major forces, events and people impacting and impacted by the situation at hand.
Uses logic and intuition to make inferences about the meaning of the data and arrive at conclusions.
Effective Communications: Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.

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Level Working Knowledge:

Delivers helpful feedback that focuses on behaviors without offending the recipient.
Listens to feedback without defensiveness and uses it for own communication effectiveness.
Makes oral presentations and writes reports needed for own work.
Avoids technical jargon when inappropriate.
Looks for and considers non-verbal cues from individuals and groups.
Managing Multiple Priorities: Knowledge of effective self-management practices; ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments as to prioritizing and time allocation.

 Level Working Knowledge:

Recognizes changing demands and priorities; validates changes with management.
Obtains information about how current assignments contribute to organizational goals.
Completes current work according to assigned priorities.
Responds to day-to-day operational priorities while still making progress on project work.
Performs at least 2-3 concurrent activities without reducing productivity.
Technical Excellence: Knowledge of a given technology and various application methods; ability to develop and provide solutions to significant technical challenges.

 Level Working Knowledge:

Provides effective technical solutions to routine functional challenges via sound technical competence, effectively examining implications of events and issues.
Effectively performs the technical job aspects, continuously building knowledge and keeping up-to-date on technical and procedural job components.
Applies technical operating and project standards based on achieving excellence in delivered products, technologies and services.
Applies current procedures and technologies to help resolve technical issues in one’s general area of technical competence.
Helps others solve technical or procedural problems or issues.
Computer-Aided Design & Engineering: Knowledge of tools and techniques of specialized graphics programs; ability to produce, analyze, simulate and test product design drafts.

 Level Working Knowledge:

Generates specifications for parts or components with CAD software.
Reuses design components via reusable libraries following standard procedures.
Uses CAD to perform basic drafting such as wire frames, solid objects and array of objects.
Performs routine changes to computerized schematics or drawings.
Creates views of objects in 2 and 3 dimensions; creates perspective drawings and orthogonal views.
Product Design – MFG: Knowledge of processes, approaches, tools and techniques of product design; ability to convert customer and market requirements into product design.

 Level Working Knowledge:

Participates in the conception process of a manufacturing product vision.
Collects and analyzes customer and market requirements, and generates reports.
Utilizes design methods to implement the construction of a new design model.
Uses automated tools to design or modify the design of a product.
Assists in the testing and refinement of a new product design.
Product Design and Development: Knowledge of product features; ability to design, build, and develop a new product, technology, or service from concept through to production.

 Level Working Knowledge:

Builds three-dimensional models with basic materials.
Communicates with professionals to understand various requirements of product design.
Tests and evaluates alternative means of production being considered for use.
Uses automated tools to design or modify the design of a product.
Assists in building a complex prototype of product.
This Job Description is intended as a general guide to the job duties for this position and is intended for the purpose of establishing the specific salary grade.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive summary of all responsibilities, duties and effort required of employees assigned to this job.  At the discretion of management, this description may be changed at any time to address the evolving needs of the organization.  It is expressly not intended to be a comprehensive list of “essential job functions” as that term is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

About us
For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. With 2023 sales and revenues of $67.1 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment.

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Caterpillar Inc.