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Electrical Engineer

Johannesburg – Gauteng

A Randburg-based independent engineering firm is hiring an Electrical Engineer to contribute to the development of control/automation systems for heavy construction equipment. Responsibilities include creating product requirements, designing hardware and software, conducting design reviews, and collaborating with cross-functional teams. The engineer may work on multiple projects, travel for testing and business development, and engage with customers for product feedback.
  • Works with the cross-functional Product Management Team to produce a complete and well-defined Product Functional Specification before product design is started.
  • Follow Structured System Design techniques to decompose the product function requirements into an effective control strategy for heavy construction equipment.
  • Uses knowledge of sensor technologies, control device technologies and process automation techniques to advance the simplicity of operation and troubleshooting of equipment to maximize productivity by enhancing operator functionality and the minimization of equipment downtime.
  • Uses knowledge of domestic as well as international electrical standards to design equipment with the widest market breadth without redesign to minimize the number of models required to be manufactured.
  • Uses structured system design techniques to produce electrical hardware designs that are modular in nature, easy to test, easy to diagnose and simple to replace should field service repairs be required.
  • Develops and executes bench tests with the Controls Software Engineer on design modules and code units to ensure proper functionality before integration into the complete equipment design to ensure project success.
  • Uses computer-aided engineering design software and equipment to develop electrical / electronic design drawings and schematics.
  • Develops PCB layout designs for panel.
  • Develops 3D Junction Box designs with plug-and-play designs that allow manufacturing to simply plug in all harnesses and require no landing of conductors in equipment assembly.
  • Create 3D routed wiring harnesses for all wires required for a system design.  All harnesses shall be terminated in a connector to allow for a plug-and-play assembly.
  • Develops detailed drawings for new designs and modifications to existing designs.
  • Leads cross-functional electrical design reviews, including Design for Manufacturability.
  • Contributes to the development of product documentation, including production work instructions, training manuals, troubleshooting guides, and product test plans.
  • Identifies improvement opportunities and enhancements for product enhancements and/or cost reductions.
  • Contributes to project teams by championing the successful completion of project objectives, including schedule, budget, and feature set.
  • Contributes to the development of new processes and procedures to enhance the software and hardware design capabilities and work products of the engineering team.
  • Develops the electrical and software test plans for new designs and changes to existing designs and coordinates the testing and validation using these plans.
  • Participates in cross-functional software and HMI design reviews.
  • Participates in software design reviews for developed control software.
  • Assists customers, via telephone or on site, to resolve function and/or application issues.
  • Works with the Manufacturing department to resolve production issues.
  • Works with the Service Department to resolve field and warranty issues.
  • Works with the Purchasing Department and suppliers on new or existing component issues.
  • Works with the Technical Publications Department to develop and update operation/parts/service manuals.
  • Adheres to all Company design and coding standards.
  • Performs engineering calculations as required during design cycle.
  • Follows proper safety procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education And/or Experience Required:
  • Bachelor of Science (4-year) degree in Electrical/Electronic/Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the design and development of industrial or mobile equipment controls.
Job Related Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledgeable of structured system design techniques.
  • Proficient with computer-aided design software.
  • Knowledge of network protocols such as CAN, Ethernet, Wireless 802.11, etc.
  • Proficient in the development, reading, and interpretation of electrical engineering drawings.
  • Proficient in electrical engineering systems design and troubleshooting, D/C controls design required, A/C design highly desired.
  • Proficiency with personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite software applications.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence and effectively present information to customers and/or employees of organization and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Other Requirements:
  • Flexibility to work additional hours as required.
  • Occasional travel (including international).
  • Proficiency with Solidworks, Solidworks Electrical, and Solidworks 3D Routing.
  • Experience with CodeSys, C++, Telematics, hydraulic circuits, 12V/24V DC electric circuits and/or control systems for off-road construction equipment or heavy industrial equipment.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in the design and manufacture of off-road construction equipment.
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Good organization and time-management skills.
  • Adept at problem solving and root-cause analysis.
  • Must have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and take on new challenges.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment on a customary and regular basis.
  • Ability to think creatively and propose innovative solutions to engineering challenges.
  • Ability to show competence in assessing, managing, and mitigating risks within a project and design.
  • Ability to work satisfactorily as a team member.
  • Ability to mentor and lead junior level engineers in the design and execution of systems controls.
  • Ability to represent the electrical and software design team in cross-functional meetings by being the voice of good engineering practice.
  • Ability to step into a leadership void and lead a team to proper completion of tasks, projects, and investigations while encouraging others and moving toward a best solution for all involved. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 

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