Principal Engineer – Mechanical Systems

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Principal Engineer – Mechanical Systems

The Principal Engineer – Mechanical Systems acts as a “Product Agency Expert” covering product performance and mechanical integrity in the Product Integrity Department on behalf of Daikin Applied America (DAA). Performance of the equipment is inclusive of delivered cooling, heating, air handling, efficiency, reliability, cost and lead time in accordance with target product expectations. The Principal Engineer – Mechanical Systems is the DAA technical representative at technical committees, in line with assigned external standards. They serve as the DAA subject matter expert on the interpretation of external standard compliance. The Principal Engineer is accountable for managing conflict that may arise during the process of achieving technical compliance; with the goal of delivering a healthy balance of compliance, performance and cost of all DAA products. This engineer is expected to bring substantial depth of skill and knowledge in product design processes and facilitate their application to HVAC equipment. Forecasting changes and promoting desired changes to technical standards critical to DAA product plans is part of the role.

A Day in the Life:  Act as the DAA liaison covering applicable agency, regulatory and industry bodies. Communicate within DAA the status of assigned external standards. Network within DAA functional areas to glean the company needs and opportunities with the external bodies.
Work with internal product teams (product managers, engineers, supply chain, etc.) to document and educate DAA personnel on regulatory requirements, guide compliant design, and verify targets and validate compliance.
Provide project technical leadership by coordinating cross functional Teams through the defined steps of the Daikin Applied New Technology Introduction and New Product Introduction development processes.
Develop, implement, and improve processes to ensure agency, trade and regulatory compliance are integral parts of the product design, development and sustaining engineering workflows.
Participate in effective application of engineering excellence processes and techniques (DFMEA, PFMEA, DOE and DVP&R, FEA, DFM/A, Technical Design Reviews, Risk Assessment, Program Gantt charts, SCRUM, etc.) to ensure timely product compliance, delivery and cost objectives.
Communicate alternative means of compliance that are being used by others or that may be suggested in the future with forecast changes to the compliance roadmap.
Lead investigations or audits covering product compliance, risk assessment, risk mitigation, root cause investigation, remediation and permanent corrective action.
Provide expert support, engineering coordination and counsel to DAA Legal in support of litigation action, including providing testimony and verifying written discovery responses for DAA as needed.
Participation in the succession planning process and active mentoring of potential successors is an accountably of this role.

What’s in It For you:

Medical/Dental/Vision coverage, PTO, 401K match, support for community involvement and much more!
The ability to make an impact and shape your career with a company that is passionate about growth
The support of an organization that believes it is vital to include and engage diverse people, perspectives, and ideas to achieve our best
What you will Bring:

Minimum Educational Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET program or equivalent
Demonstrated continuing education accomplishments
Preferred Education Requirements
Professional license(s) or applicable certification(s)
Advanced degree(s) in engineering or advance degree(s) in business.
Minimum Experience
10+ years’ experience with product change processes that deliver adherence to requirements stemming from agencies that include regulatory bodies, industry trades and technical associations.
Demonstrated depth of skill and knowledge in design processes applicable to the assigned technical space, with the ability to apply it to the delivery of legacy and future DAA HVAC equipment.
Success in product compliance to industrial standards & regulations.
Broad understanding of business practices.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate across functional areas and project partners.
Track record of on time delivery.
Preferred Experience
Experience with agencies associated with the assigned area of responsibility.
Experience acting as a subject matter expert in a matrix environment.
Experience working with multiple sites.
5+ years leading a team of product engineers.
Demonstrated history of being a mentor / career coach.
Experience in strategic product positioning.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Engineering fundamentals in the assigned area of responsibility.
Process mapping, authorship, implementation, and life cycle management.
Product change management
Project planning / execution / risk assessment / mitigation
Design/Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA / PFMEA)
Verification and Validation of product performance.
Product non-conformance, turnback and escape
Excellent communication skills; written, verbal, presentation
Travel domestically and internationally 35% of the year
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thermodynamic cycle simulations; Engineering design and analysis tools such as CAD, FEA, CFD; Microsoft Office applications; MS Project

Location(s) Plymouth, MN

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