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Design Engineer - Battery Technology

Date:  Sep 19, 2022

Peoria, IL, US, 61639

Req ID:  24371
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

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

To design, develop and revise components or systems in order to meet customer expectations of performance, quality, cost and delivery. This includes the generalized design of the overall machine as well as specialized design of components (work equipment, undercarriage, etc.), systems (hydraulic, electrical, cooling, engine installations, etc.) and attachments.  

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Develop drawings, design parts, specify components, route systems (hydraulic/electrical) and create assemblies utilizing 3D CAD, appropriate Komatsu Engineering Standards (KES), ISO Standards, etc.
  • Communicate effectively; write clear concise memo’s including drafts of technical documentation such as Parts and Service News PSN, Operation Manuals OM, and Shop Manuals. Submit technical documents summarizing Design Studies, Quality Confirmation Check Sheets and Trip Reports.
  • Discuss, negotiate and resolve specification issues with Manufacturing and Suppliers during Prototype development and pre-series production. Understand and accommodate manufacturing capabilities and limitations. Resolve all issues with effective countermeasures and follow-up documentation.
  • Conduct Design Reviews to meet Quality, cost and Delivery targets established for the Project. Present design concept, Quality Confirmation Check Sheet and design progress at Design Review Meetings.
  • Meet Quality, Cost and Delivery targets established for the Project. Utilize continuous improvement techniques to improve quality, reduce cost and lead time, etc..
  • Maintain effective Engineering change control by preparing and processing appropriate Engineering Release Letters. Release drawings and supporting technical information into Bills of Material using appropriate software such as GDMS, SAP, etc.
  • Interface with other Komatsu Engineering groups and suppliers as required for exchange of technical information and policies.
  • Support Production, Service and QA departments by resolving problems, determining root cause with effective documentation and countermeasure planning based on engineering disciplines.
  • Recognize and document new technology and submit for possible Patent Application. Submit ideas for “unrivaled features” which could significantly improve market share, profitability, etc.
  • Travel to machine worksites to participate in surveys, investigate problems, understand applications, determine customer expectations, install and evaluate countermeasures, etc. (Domestic and International Travel)


  • BS Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical or equivalent) and approximately 3–5 years of accomplished experience.  (Associates degree may be acceptable if sufficient experience and accomplishment is evident.)
  • Strong familiarity with off-highway mobile equipment and application.
  • Must have good mechanical and/or electrical aptitude.
  • Must be open-minded and imaginative and not controlled by paradigms.
  • Must have good communication skills.
  • Must have good leadership skills.
  • Good working knowledge of CAD and/or PC Programs for design function.
  • Good knowledge of analytical and testing methods and procedures.
  • Good working knowledge of failure and root cause analysis.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including international travel.
  • Battery Systems Development:
    • Define validation requirements for battery systems, plan tests requiring innovative approaches, and review results for design compliance, and oversee engineering evaluations of battery systems (including battery cell chemistry evaluation and selection).
    • Plan innovative changes to existing designs or conceptual thinking to new designs.
    • Recognize and document new intellectual property that differentiates Komatsu products.
    • Provide technical expertise and direction to Regulatory Team related to battery standards and regulations.
    • Provide specifications and analysis for battery thermal management systems (BTMS).
    • Develop and maintain understanding of the battery management systems (BMS), including necessary operational analysis.
  • Drive Systems:
    • Appropriate knowledge in the specialized areas of drive systems (mechanical, electrical, and/or hydrostatic), ISO and MSHA regulations and recommended practices.  General knowledge of structural, electrical, and hydraulic systems.  In addition, knowledge of construction/mining/forestry practices, serviceability and maintenance procedures, operator preferences, etc. must be incorporated into the designs.

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: Peoria

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