Cummins Inc. Electronic Controls Engineer, Cummins Central Power in Ankeny, Iowa

Electronic Controls Engineer, Cummins Central Power


Applies basic knowledge of engineering principles and practices to assigned tasks to develop and support activities in the area

of electrical and electronics engineering. This may include one or more of the following: Developing the electrical and electronics specifications, Developing the

electrical and electronics specifications, Designing electrical and electronic systems and components, Analyzing and simulating electrical and electronic capabilities, Implementing and generating software, Verifying and validating controls, hardware, or software, Tuning controls, Releasing

controls, hardware, or software, Troubleshooting controls, hardware, or software issues, Servicing and maintaining controls,

hardware, or software, Managing life-cycle obsolescence, Design and Analysis of Electric Generators/Alternators and motors, Electrical Circuit Design, Performance simulation of Electrical Power Systems. Electrical and Electronics includes all electrical and electronic elements within the system: Open

and closed loop controls Diagnostics and OBD Algorithms Electronic control modules and related microcontroller architectures

Electrical and Electronic devices Embedded software Sensors and switches Actuators, mechatronics, electric motors and alternators/generators, and relays Ignition

systems Battery systems Electrical and Electronic tools and information products Electrical and Electronic tool interfaces Interconnects and harnesses

Datalinks and communication networks Machine electronics interfaces. Typical roles include: Electrical and Electronics systems, Hardware,

Software, Controls and diagnostics design and Electronic controls application.

Uses prescribed and innovative methods, and works with limited guidance.

Participates as a team member and actively contributes towards team goals.

Carries out partially defined and moderately complex tasks.

Demonstrates good understanding and applies knowledge of an engineering discipline.

Applies engineering and/or scientific skills and continues to develop experience in creating engineering solutions.

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The skills will include one or more of the following:

Analog Circuit Design - Analog circuit design at Cummins focuses on electronic hardware for control and/or power conversion

systems. A person with this skill designs/ analyzes: actuator driver, power supply, signal conditioning (digital), analog and

frequency type sensors, and system power bus/ grounding. Has performed analog circuit design on several boards of

moderate to high complexity and part count. Has knowledge and experience with analog tools and process. Routinely resolves

circuit functional and performance issues with analysis, simulation, and testing.

Digital Circuit Design - Digital circuit design is the skill set necessary to understand, specify, analyze, and design digital

electronic circuits or devices. Skills include: knowledge of bi-state digital components, ability to memory map devices to a

microprocessor, ability to perform timing analysis, ability to design digital circuit boards of moderate complexity which involve

analysis and schematic capture. A Hardware Engineer will have detailed knowledge and experience with the tools and

processes of this field and could resolve circuit functional and performance issues with analysis, simulation, and testing.

Harness & Interconnect Design - Harness and interconnect design involves specification and selection of : connectors, wire

gauge, length, routing, tie-down, and protection mechanisms. A harness designer will know principles, techniques, procedures,

fail modes/symptoms and can repair, service, or select connectors with appropriate sub-components. Can perform harness /

interconnect design effectively with minimum supervision, knows different connector systems used on Cummins' engines and

can recommend the proper connector systems or cable type for specific applications. Familiar with the documents governing

harness design or connector service.

Electronic Component Specifications - The purpose of this skill is to provide high quality specifications for electronic

components (e.g., electronic control modules, actuators, and sensors) that ensure our suppliers design and manufacture

electronic components that delight our customers for reliability and cost. Also, ensure our customers' issues and concerns are

addressed before the component is designed. Related skills include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), mechanical

environmental requirements, analog circuit design, and digital circuit design. Routinely defines and generates specifications for

electronic components.

Mechanical Design & Performance Requirements - This skill set describes the ability to understand, specify, and validate

requirements for the design of electronic components. Knowledge expected: An understanding of how electronic designs

respond to mechanical environment conditions and methods required to validate designs for a specific environment.

Understands the underlying principles, techniques, and procedures for mechanical design of electronic hardware. Able to

converse fluently with suppliers on subject matter.

Electromagnetic Analysis – The ability to calculate and analyze electromagnetic fields is a fundamental requirement of this role. This requires an understanding of the principles governing the interaction of electrical and magnetic fields, generally determined by Maxwell's equations.An electromagnetic designer will be capable of designing and analyzing electromagnetically any topology of electrical machines. This will include the magnetic and electrical circuits of the stator and rotor, as well as the loss mechanisms associated with each of this circuits.The electromagnetic designer will be able to put this knowledge to practical use when analyzing, fault finding or improving existing electrical machines. The electromagnetic designer will have an understanding of the limitations and practicalities of interfacing the electromagnetic and mechanical components of an electrical machine. The tools required for this role are:-- Manual and Parametric Lumped Parameter Networks-- Two-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis-- Three-Dimensional Finite Elements Analysis

Rotating Electrical Machines – An understanding of the general theory of operation of rotating electrical machines. Also, an understanding of the practicalities of operation of a rotating electrical machine. Synchronous machines with wound field, salient and cylindrical rotors, induction machines - understanding of operation and function of induction machines, Permanent magnet machine- understanding of electrical machines with Permanent magnets as source of fieldAxial flux machines -understanding topology of axial flux machines and similarities and different from other topologiesOther specific types of electrical machines - fundamental similarities and difference of other types of electrical machines from the ones mentioned above, For example; Transverse flux machines, flux switching machines, switched reluctance machines

Electrical Circuit Design - Understanding the principles of electric circuit theory - Ohm, Norton, Thevenin, Faraday, Lenz and practicalities of applying these theorems to products. Application of this to design and analyze winding in rotor and stator of electrical machines Execution of the winding diagrams based on the existing constructive elements. A.C. winding diagram interpretation. Design, redesign, D.C. concentrated coils execution, A.C. coils execution for low and high voltage.

Performance Simulation – Use of mathematic models and computer aided engineering/scientific design tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, MATH CAD etc to simulate steady state, dynamic and transient operation of an electrical machine.

Electrical Power Systems – Understanding of the principles of electrical systems in power generation industry, such as distributed/embedded power generation, conventional centralised power generation, islanded/standalone power system etc. Understanding for power generation, transmission, and distribution systems. Knowledge of power systems & analysis and how the electrical generator performance are influenced when they are connected to power systems.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, University, or equivalent degree in Engineering required.


Some level of relevant work experience a benefit. That could be COOP or summer Intern experience.

Develop specifications for OEM machine-based engine electrical systems meeting Cummins installation requirements

  • Create 2D drawings of wire harness layouts, schematics and specification development in a bill of material for component suppliers, for a variety of engine models, customer models, and including aftertreatment components

  • Perform design work using 3D CAD and drawing creation in collaboration with customer’s machine systems integration, mostly including harness routing in 3D, but not limited to harnesses or cabling

  • Calculate and gather information for design of systems to be documented into Cummins installation systems, ensuring they meet installation requirements

  • Communicate with component suppliers and customers to verify correct design criteria and customer specifications by means of design reviews and component approvals

  • Assign part numbers to create bill of materials for internal procurement personnel for product release to the Cummins business system

  • Confirm and support wire harness parts, routing, and tie down strategy at a prototype stage, to confirm design and functionality is met. Hand build prototype harnesses on mocked-up assemblies may be necessary

  • Complete project documentation for customer and internal manufacturing requirements

  • Able to troubleshoot and rework harnesses as needed

  • Provide design post-production support to internal production and the customer

  • Use of 2D design tool, AutoCAD preferred

  • Use of 3D design tool, Creo (and Windchill) preferred

  • Strong organization and time management skills to prioritize and multitask with efficiency

  • Understanding of agriculture and construction machinery SAE J1939 protocols and equipment interfacing systems to the diesel engine preferred

  • When necessary, support other engineering projects and manufacturing by completing drafting and engineering change requests tasks, as needed, for non-electrical components

  • Obtain accurate information from the customers/vendors through excellent communication

  • Electrical Engineering degree or specific training in vehicle harness design strongly preferred

  • Experience with rigorous document control practices


Primary Location United States-Iowa-Des Moines-US, IA, Ankeny, Cummins Central Power - EIC

Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Recruitment Job Type Professional - Experienced

Job Posting Dec 15, 2016, 5:28:58 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing