Test Engineer

Columbus, Indiana

Job Summary

Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder

Sponsorship for this position is not available.


This dual applied science/product systems focused position utilizes the core competencies of thermal and fluid sciences in the specialized areas of combustion and emissions science. You will be using analytical and experimental approaches to answer key questions about the performance and architecture of a diesel and/or natural gas engine. You will be working with other engineering disciplines and cross-functional teams.


  • Investigates product, system, and/or technology problems to understands mechanism and recommend appropriate action to problem resolution with proper documentation.

  • Main focus will include working in business processes of Product Preceding Technology (PPT), Value Package Introduction (VPI) or Current Product Support (CPS) and executing technical processes such as Engineering Standard Work (ESW), iDFMEA, Failure Incident Review Group (FIRG) while using tools such as 7-step problem solving, design review checklist and other discipline specific specialized tools required to support the processes and enable high quality decision making.

  • Obtains input from stakeholders such as technical managers, project leaders, product and manufacturing engineers and supplier partners to deliver information and recommendations that lead to successful project decisions.

  • Applies academic knowledge and existing experience to make decisions that progress projects forward without sacrificing project quality expectations. Examples of these decisions include day to day project details, analysis or test work instruction details, coordination across discipline areas that are necessary to make quality progress.

  • Owns problem resolution for moderately complex components, products, systems, subsystems, or services with a relatively low degree of technical complexity and ambiguity.

  • Provides independent execution of established work processes and systems, while still developing technology or product knowledge; engages with the improvement of systems and processes.

  • Involves minimal direct management of people but could involve the coordination and direction of work amongst technicians and/or temporary student employees.

Education Requirements Text

Key Responsibilities

  • Applies Principles of Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer - Interprets and predicts the performance of fluid and thermal systems by leveraging a quantitative and intuitive comprehension of the flow of liquids and gases, the transfer of thermal energy between elements of a system, and the application of modeling and experimental tools, to answer key questions about the system or component.

  • Applies Principles of Combustion and Emissions Science - Interprets and predicts the performance of combustion systems by leveraging a quantitative and intuitive comprehension of the conversion of chemical energy to heat by reacting a fuel with an oxidizer, the formation of exhaust pollutants, modeling tools, controls, and experimental tools to answer key questions about the system or component.

  • Applies Principles of Thermodynamics and Energy Conversion Systems - Interprets and predicts the performance of energy conversion systems such as IC engines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and batteries, by leveraging a quantitative and intuitive comprehension of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, modeling tools, controls, and experimental tools to answer key questions about the system or component.

  • 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 recurrence.

  • System Requirements Engineering - Uses appropriate methods and tools to translate stakeholder needs into verifiable requirements to which designs are developed; establishes acceptance criteria for the system of interest through analysis, allocation, and negotiation; tracks the status of requirements throughout the system lifecycle; assesses the impact of changes to system requirements on project scope, schedule, and resources; creates and maintains information linkages to related artifacts.

  • Systems Thinking - Defines the system of interest by drawing the boundaries, identifying its context within its environment, its interfaces, and that it has a lifecycle to aid in planning the problem statement, scope and deliverables ; analyzes linkages and interactions between elements that comprise the system of interest by using appropriate methods, models and integration of outcomes to understand the system, predict its behavior and devise modifications to it in order to produce the desired effects.

  • Product Failure Mode Avoidance - Mitigates potential product failure modes, by identifying interfaces, functions, functional requirements, interactions, control factors, noise factors, and prioritized potential failure modes and potential failure causes for the system of interest to improve the reliability of our products effectively and efficiently.

  • Technical Documentation - Documents information based on knowledge gained as part of technical function activities; communicates to stakeholders with the goal of enabling improved technical productivity and effective knowledge transfer to others who were not originally part of the initial learning.

Desired Skills

Prior entry level engineering equivalent work experience in a relevant field is required.

  • Previous engine test cell emissions and performance testing experience is strongly preferred

  • Knowledge of MS Office Tools is required (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Tracking Production performance trends to identify production issues

  • Collaborating and leading technicians to troubleshoot engines

  • Providing customer support for change requests

  • Statistical knowledge is preferred (Minitab)

  • Matlab/Simulink and C software language knowledge is preferred

  • Experience working with ECM’s and calibration software is preferred

  • Knowledge of industry testing software is preferred: GT-Power, Fluent, Converge, Concerto, CyberApps (virtual application model), Mach, test data calculation, DARTS, test data storage, Calterm, Electronic Control Module (ECM) calibration tool, Emissions data system, Integrity

Education Requirements

  • BS in Engineering required. Minimum 5 years’ experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e., EE, ME, ChE) required. Coursework must include heat transfer, thermodynamics, and engine familiarization courses.

Preferred

  • Post-graduate degree relevant to engine emissions testing and/or focus on thermodynamics and heat transfer.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cover letter and resume.