Cummins Inc. Senior Design Engineer (Engines) in Columbus, Indiana

Senior Design Engineer (Engines)


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

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Our Corporate Business Unit delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Columbus, Indiana for a Senior Design Engineer. Cummins USA is where you can work on industry leading engineering projects such as New Product Development, Value Package Introduction and Systems Product Validation.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

Applies highly specialized knowledge of engineering principles and practices to assigned areas and projects in the design, development, analysis and release of products and subsystems through the product life cycle.

Creates design specifications considering application, cost, weight, performance, product life, manufacture, assembly and service.

Verifies design using analysis and or functional testing, interprets results, drives decisions and assesses risk.

Works with other engineering disciplines and cross-functional disciplines to resolve product issues.

Evaluates customer needs and aligns requirements with identified customer expectations. May fill the role of an assistant chief engineer, product readiness leader or project engineering leader.

Leads large or multiple engineering projects.

Performs as the local technical expert for one or more engineering specialties.

Solves complex problems impacting multiple projects.

Communicates with and influences key external stakeholders and business leaders.

Drives and manages system level requirements for projects or programs.

Makes critical program-related decisions.

Collaborates with industry peers within their discipline.

Advances the state of the practice for the technical discipline.

Sets strategic direction for a program or technical discipline.

Advises and transfers knowledge of engineering discipline; coaches and mentors less experienced engineers.

Advises leaders for resolution of complex business problems.



Manufacturing Cross-Functional Knowledge - Basic understanding and experience in use of fundamental tools of manufacturing and understanding of the impact of changes in function and production in one Cummins manufacturing location on the others. Basic understanding of casting knowledge, the engineering release process for new parts at plant level, and understanding of lean manufacturing.

Product Integration, Verification & Validation - Understands and applies processes. tools/ skills involved in verifying and validating a solution to a problem, which is embodied in the statement of the requirements, has been developed. Testing is a multi-stage process that consists of activities for validating the product, from the most primitive elements up to the fully integrated system. The verification / validation includes activities such as component testing, integration testing, system testing, performance testing, acceptance testing, and installation testing.

Analyze Issues - Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge of analyzing issues. Critically identifies an issue's scope and parameters while analyzing it from multiple perspectives. Determines the root causes as well as broad implications of issues. Integrates information and defines an array of alternatives. Applies a wide variety of analytical tools and processes (e.g. Six Sigma) on a regular basis to complete key projects and solve complex problems.

Develops Systems And Processes - Identifies and implements effective processes and procedures for accomplishing work. Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge and understanding of the complexities of developing systems and processes. Applies detailed systems and processes to improve and complete work (e.g. communication channels, work steps, procedures, checklists, or flow charts). Demonstrates ability to identify problems resulting from lack of process and develop and apply processes and systems to organize the work. Uses processes and systems to manage multiple and complex work demands. Guides others in the use and application of structured systems and process.

Innovate - Solid understanding of innovation skills and approaches. Takes initiative to generate new ideas within scope of responsibility. Seeks perspectives of others when solving problems or improving processes. Seeks advice when considering risks. Demonstrates willingness to consider new possibilities.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

PhD, Masters of Science, Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in engineering required.


Substantial relevant work experience required, including leadership of small projects or portions of large projects.

Advanced Systems Design is a design team that supports internally and externally funded exploratory/technology development and technology integration programs across all Cummins platforms and markets. Concept design work is often uncharted and requires visionary skills to bridge from conventional to the future. Concept designers frequently work several projects simultaneously and are required to be independent project leaders.

Specific Role Expectations:

  • Applies expert technical knowledge of engineering principles and practices across various areas and projects.

  • Directs the creation of design specifications considering application, cost, weight, performance, product life, manufacturing, assembly and service.

  • Mastery of knowledge and skills in an area of design.

  • Serves as technical expert for a product, business group or functional area.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-Indiana-Columbus-US, IN, Columbus, Cummins Tech Center

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Aug 8, 2018, 9:48:23 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180001UR