Cummins – Electric Machine Electromagnetics Design – Technical Advisor

This applied technology, developing leadership position creates electronic hardware that is integral to Cummins’ products. People in these positions will typically develop and validate electronic sensors, actuators, control units or harnesses to ensure the consistent operation of Cummins’ products in a variety of customer applications .

Investigates highly difficult or specialized electronic hardware problems, understands causal mechanisms, recommends appropriate action, owns problem resolution and documents results.

Creates, manages, improves and applies electronic hardware development processes and tools. Processes include basic problem solving techniques (5 phase, 7 step, 8D or similar), design for EMC robustness, design for manufacturing, familiarity with embedded electronic hardware development process, requirements analysis. Tools include worst case analysis, circuit simulation (Saber, Cadence PSpice, or equivalent), DFMEA/PFMEA, Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), schematic capture, PCB layout (Mentor Graphics, Zuken, or equivalent), Specification Compliance Matrix (or equivalent).

Obtains input and negotiates with electronic suppliers and software development teams and delivers prototype hardware to application engineering teams.

Uses systems knowledge and expertise to make decisions in the areas of hardware architecture, electrical design, and mechanical design that impact functionality, unit cost, and schedule.

Responsible for review of less-experienced developers/testers’ work to ensure robust, reusable, and efficient design

Responsible for coaching and developing the next generation of technical experts.

Provides problem resolution leadership for complex systems with a high degree of ambiguity and often global business impact.

Leads the development and improvement of work processes and systems across function(s) within a global business unit or managing improvement across business units.

Coordinates and directs work of technical project teams, up to and including direct management of small to mid-sized teams.

Operates as the recognized multi-competency specialist or expert in a discipline or product area across a site or global business unit with responsibility for developing local talent (direct or indirect).

Coaches and mentors other engineers, project managers and cross-functional team members.

May also include academic or industry collaboration in a competency or discipline area.


Design and Application of Digital Electronics – Specifies components and architectures of electronic control units; applies electronic control units in Cummins’ products.

Design and Application of Mechatronics Systems – Specifies electronic hardware and interconnections that measure and control systems; applies electronic hardware and interconnections in Cummins’ products.

Mechanical Design of Electrical Systems – Creates electrical system or electronics-based design or architecture concepts through specific knowledge of electrified (or electrical-based) systems to ensure a system design that adheres to both Cummins and customer expectations.

Product Problem Solving – Solves product problems using a process that protects the customer; determines the assignable cause; implements robust, data-based solutions; and identifies the systemic root causes and recommended actions to prevent problem reoccurrence.

Product Verification and Validation Management – Develops product systems validation plans from a variety of inputs to identify failure modes, while managing product risk and relative priority; negotiates product requirements against capability to guide project scope; evaluates analytical, simulation and physical test results to verify product capability and validate requirements; assesses legacy versus proposed system solution capabilities and produces recommendations with technical documentation to support product decisions.

Decision quality – Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Communicates effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Builds networks – Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

Manages complexity – Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

Cultivates innovation – Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.

Optimizes work processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Manages ambiguity – Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or other relevant technical disciplines is required. Post-graduate (Master’s) degree relevant to this discipline area may be required for select roles.

This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Prior Technical Specialist/Specialist Engineering equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is required with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving, quality decision making and providing technical direction and leadership to a project team(s). Knowledge of MS Office tools is preferred

Additional Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop electric machine theoretical models in MotorCAD and/or ANSYS Maxwell to simulate performance and optimization studies
  • Create CE Matrices of trade-offs between various e-machine design features to establish optimum solution for target application
  • Familiarity with realistic cost trade-offs in design solutions. Be a local expert on e-machines in theory and practice with an understanding of costs in production
  • Establish relationship between theoretical model results and hardware test results to create ESW-basis and familiarity with e-machines/systems. Help to build awareness of unique e-machine differences from legacy product (diesel engines) and establish known ‘rules of thumb’ for modeling and design practice
  • Collaborate with power electronics and software team to develop electric solutions for commercial vehicles
  • Write reports to capture key learnings, techniques, methods necessary to optimize development cycle
  • Be a local expert on e-machine model development
  • Help to integrate, test, and troubleshoot e-machines in electric- and hybrid-electric powertrains
  • Help to develop hardware-in-the-loop test benches for power electronics, motors, and controls

Additional Key Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of multi-phase electric machines and power engineering
  • Knowledge of various motor topologies (PM, Induction, Synch-Reluctance, Switched Reluctance, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of different motor architectures and winding theory
  • Ability in building and modeling different electric machines for electrical and mechanical robustness in application
  • Proficient in working with different simulation tools including Matlab/Simulink, Ansys/MotorCAD, CREO-CFD and thermal analysis tools
  • Hardware experience in design, testing, and validation of high-speed electric machines
  • Hardware experience in the integration of electric machines to geartrains, transmissions, etc.
  • Analytical skills in resolving electrical power and thermal design challenges
  • Involvement in high speed motor manufacturing development
  • Able to clearly communicate ideas, results, process through oral, written, and presentation tools
  • Able to work cross-functionally with a wide variety of non-electrical engineering resources

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