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Principal FEA Engineer

Date:  May 3, 2021

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53214

Req ID:  20884
Onsite or Remote: 

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

The Principal FES Engineer is a critical Technical Leadership Role for the Komatsu Organization and will be based at our Milwaukee, WI Manufacturing Facility.  This Role is crucial to the production of reliable Mining Equipment Machines and Parts.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Be a subject matter expert (SME) in the analysis of mechanical components, structures, and systems on various mining vehicles and subsystems by applying state-of-the-art, computer-based, static and dynamic modeling and analysis methods
  • Remain current in knowledge of structural analysis techniques and tools, including both solid modeling and finite element analysis (FEA) software in order to produce timely and accurate results.
  • Participate in the development of new and advanced analytical methods and techniques utilizing state-of-the-art technology
  • Work with other analytical modeling and simulation teams to help find the most accurate solution
  • Maintain a working knowledge of strain gage and load/pressure transducer applications, for the purpose of correlating with analysis results.
  • Maintain open communications with all internal and external customers and suppliers, providing technical guidance and support
  • Assume project responsibility on analyses by providing planning, technical guidance, and coordination with both inside and outside functions, as required
  • Promote an open culture, allowing for the free exchange of ideas
  • Prepare clear and concise technical reports documenting analyses where required
  • Mentor and/or oversee other personnel or contractors
  • Minor travel as appropriate



  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, or related discipline, advanced degree preferred
  • 12+ years of experience
  • Background in mechanical engineering fundamentals with demonstrated competency in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, including Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Strain Gage Theory and Application, Fundamentals of Fatigue, etc.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with FEA software and techniques, NASTRAN and/or ANSYS preferred.
  • Experience in developing and analyzing machine system level non-linear FEA simulation models
  • Experience with programming or scripting languages (Matlab, Fortran, VBA, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable, self-directed, can complete tasks with minimal guidance


Additional Information

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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