Engineering Manager

McQuay International   •  

Staunton, VA

Industry: Technical Services

  •  

8 - 10 years

Posted 58 days ago

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Update and maintain product roadmap of chiller products in the assigned product space.
  • Analyze and assess alternative solutions for chiller performance, quality, lead time and cost.
  • Manage to closure all approved changes and upgrades in the assigned product space.
  • To the benefit of the assigned product space: Brain storm, assess & gain approval of cost improvements, supplier changes and manufacturing accommodations as required.
  • Establish metrics and drive continuous improvement for engineering support to all other functions with focused emphasis on: Applications, Design and Drafting, Sourcing & Procurement, Quality, Manufacturing, Testing, Shipping, and Field Service.
  • Define metrics and measure performance to engineering processes by group and individual.
  • Monitor, report and leverage engineering processes for delivering products across all levels of the lifecycle, including: idea generation, new products, product upgrades, early releases, leveraging existing product, managing aging products and actively managing product obsolescence.
  • Optimize and approve chiller performance predictions for customer guarantees, using a broad array of industry accepted chiller refrigerants.
  • Demonstrate substantial knowledge of the chiller thermodynamic cycle and transient operation of chillers to participate in assessments that involve variations in:
  • the chiller refrigerant
  • the controls philosophy of a chiller
  • regulatory / certification compliance of a chiller.
  • sub-system changes within a chiller (e.g. compressor, expansion valve, evaporator, condenser, economizer, etc.)
  • supplier / manufacturing / testing changes
  • Assess the "total cost" of changes to a chiller, as well as the impact on the portfolio.
  • Demonstrated involvement in all steps in the product development process/life cycle, from customer requirement, to design, to prototype manufacturing, to product qualification, to final product implementation and product launch.
  • Communication with suppliers and vendors to ensure the design intention is understood, resulting in systems / parts meet "form, fit & function", quality, cost and schedule.
  • Develops parts qualification process/procedure and makes decisions pass/fail from developed criteria.
  • In depth involvement in all aspects of a design verification phase including:
  • First pass "verification plan" ...
  • Allowable uncertainty in verification
  • Approval of verification method and associated uncertainty
  • Definition of the criteria of acceptance
  • Witnessing and participation of "verification plan"
  • Leadership in root cause investigation of variation and error in verification
  • Translate data into performance results with quantified level of confidence for process modeling and verification of chillers.
  • Operate in a team environment where the deliverables are to meet a factory forecast across the company portfolio, even when in conflict with the assigned product space objectives.

General Duties

  • Manage a technical team through process adherence.
  • Collaboration and communication with other teams in the product development process/projects to ensure final product meets all objectives and customer requirements in all product areas.
  • Use of domestic and international 3rd party engineering and design groups.
  • Present a technical argument, defend a technical proposition through an audit.
  • Internalize feedback from an audit to strengthen a technical proposal.
  • Provides documentation, both high level, and detailed documentation, for all projects and tasks throughout the engineering process.
  • Leads, guides and participates in technology research and development projects as requested.
  • Guides and directs designers to create prototype and production drawings. As required, be able to review, modify, and sign off on engineering and production drawings.
  • Teaches and mentors engineers the aspects of chiller design and development. Provides technical mentoring, direction and guidance to other functions.
  • Supports project management as technical lead, or for moderate programs as overall project manager.
  • Evaluates, analyzes, and makes recommendations on: products, designs, and cost improvements to improve the competitive position of the company.
  • Procures materials needed to construct prototypes. Supervises the design engineering of new models.
  • Manages allocated budget and all required purchases for completion of departmental objectives.
  • Actively engages all personnel to promote high engagement feedback and employee stratification as measured by the annual company engagement survey.
  • Plans and develops test programs for prototypes using Design of Experiments as needed for complex problems with many variables.
  • Analyzes, evaluates, and recommends cost improvement through product, vendor, and design changes.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Creates documents to standardize design and development procedures.
  • Performs technical analysis of competitive products.
  • Provides imaginative and thorough solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.
  • Uses computer-assisted engineering and design software to perform engineering and design tasks.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Requirements

  • Engineering Bachelor's degree minimum or Equivalent)
  • 8-10 years of related experience (Higher level degree can be substituted for years of experience).
  • Requires broad knowledge of principles and practices of chiller applications.
  • Ability to write technical reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Expertise in chiller refrigeration cycle and associated understanding of thermodynamics.
  • Ability to define and model boundary conditions imposed on the chiller components for analysis by subject matter experts. (steady state, pulsation and transient loading)
  • Requires solid fundamental understanding of mechanical engineering principles with focus on stress analysis, mechanics of materials, vibration, fatigue, and failure modes.
  • Ability to perform data validation, inclusive of the compounding influence of instrument uncertainty.
  • Demonstrated ability to quantify and optimize instrumentation and test configuration uncertainty in the context of chiller performance and life predictions.
  • Strong team player with focus on team goals, team objectives, and team deadlines.
  • Ability to work in team, multiple teams, as well as independently with little support.
  • Ability to handle face-paced environment and pressure to deliver results on an aggressive schedule.
  • Flexibility in work hours with availability for periodic call outside of agreed work hours. Prepared to adjust work hours to accommodate immediate tasks and meet requirements, typically driven by the engagement of teams outside of the current time zone.
  • Travel both domestic and international up to 20 % of a given year. Prepared for the rare trip that is over an extended period of a few weeks.
  • Knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Design software; Internet software and Project Management software, and the ability to learn and apply Development software specific to the company.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in electro-mechanical trouble shooting and root cause analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of turbomachinery, specifically centrifugal compressors, both aero and mechanical.
  • Understands optimization and optimization process. Experience using commercial optimization codes/software will be a plus.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to apply engineering principles and practices to solve problems involving a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to support the development of highly variable products that can be dynamically configured at the time of order using rules-based engineering tools. Some original analysis and interpretation is needed to arrive at conclusions.