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Caterpillar, Inc. Engineering Specialist - Machine Validation in Durham, United Kingdom

Engineering Specialist - Machine Validation


Job Title: Engineering Specialist – Machine Validation

Salary: £51,470 - £64,337 depending on experience

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: 25 days annual leave bank holidays, up to 5 service days, 18% Bonus, Share Scheme (50% Company Matched), Contributory Pension Scheme (Contribution doubled by Company up to 10%), Free Car Parking, Caterpillar Advantage website Location: Peterlee, County Durham, UK

Hours: Full Time – 36.50

Travel: up to 25% (2-4 trips annually to other Global Facilities) Relocation/Sponsorship: Domestic relocation is supported with this role

Closing Date: 25th July 2019

Job Reference: 190004HR

Our Goal:

Our purpose is to ensure that CAT machines meet our end user’s quality expectations by promoting validation earlier in the product development cycle. The role’s strategy is to move product validation activities forward in time, into the concept and design phases of NPI programs. We do this by leveraging our people’s application & validation knowledge, world-class evaluation methods, innovation, and best practices across the enterprise. The results of this individual’s work will be test machines (i.e. testbed, prototype, pilot, etc.) that arrive at any Proving Ground or Customer Site for machine validation in good operating condition, technical & program risks quantified, and machine & system validation plans are thorough and documented.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Create a validation strategy and activity plan, collaboratively, with systems and global machine development groups (in some cases, lead that validation strategy/plan).

  • Determine program validation costs based on development plans

  • Educate product groups on validation expectations and key processes.

  • Drive usage of such tools such as the Proactive Reliability Process, Design Verification Plan & Report’s (DVP&R) and Requirement Based Virtual Product Development to evaluate the effectiveness of the validation activity plan on critical failure modes, and direct activities to mitigate risk.

  • The Validation Engineer shares best practices with the design teams, using tools such as Machine Readiness Summary (MRS) and presentations from the best practitioners; this activity is key to improving the likelihood of a successful machine validation.

  • As validation needs become known for which there is no robust validation method, the validation engineer will collaborate with teams to assess the risk and develop a plan.

  • Prepare and present Machine Readiness Summary and Risk Assessment for NPI programs

  • Stay abreast of product new content and share w/ appropriate teams

  • Provide guidance to machine configurations for testing/validation

  • Follow programs through NPI program cycle.

  • Effective training, relationship building, & engagement of other Validation Engineers.


NB. The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined.

Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive firsthand experience with product design and development process

  • Experience with New Product Introduction and Continuous Product Improvement

  • Highly developed skills in program management, communication, and customer relations are essential

  • Work history requirements include an engineering background, extensive experience, and an extensive understanding of complex engineering concepts and applications

Desirable Qualifications :

  • Requires a self-starter with strong technical leadership and analytical skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects

  • Proving Ground, Lab and APQP Experience is preferred. Virtual Product Development experience and 6 Sigma Black Belt training (DMAIC and DMEDI), either past or concurrent, is desired

  • Product Group or System design experience

  • Experience working with a global team

  • Experience with Primavera or Microsoft Project

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

To apply for this position please visit Caterpillar Careers ( >Careers >Search and apply >Experienced Professionals >paste the job number from then advert into the search box and then follow the application process.

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. However, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.K. which can be found through our employment

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Primary Location United Kingdom-Durham-Peterlee

Unposting Date: Jul 25, 2019, 5:59:00 PM

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Req ID: 190004HR