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Cummins Inc. Combustion Emissions Engineer in Columbus, Indiana

Combustion Emissions Engineer



  • The responsibilities of this role involve applying and continually evolving new methods / processes to develop a complete list of emissions-related features for Cummins' products that could, under the broadest definition, be categorized as an Auxiliary Emissions Control Device (AECD) by emissions regulators at EPA and CARB

  • These processes are applied to specific platform applications to generate a list of features, and then prioritize that list for inclusion in the AECD document for that specific product

  • To be effective in this role, you'll rapidly grow your knowledge of engine and aftertreatment system performance and emissions control technologies that are applied across a wide range of Cummins products, including:

  • Small displacement engines in portable generators

  • High sales volume engines used in automotive applications such as the RAM HD pickup and large semi-trucks

  • Large engines used to power locomotives

  • Gasoline, propane, natural gas, hydrogen, and diesel fuels

  • You'll be accountable for all aspects of the AECD Discovery Process, including continually increasing the content within, and the structure of your feature-list database

  • This will include developing a plan for the year with your Cummins/internal stakeholders, interviewing emissions/control feature experts to learn how their features work and to which products they are used, and ultimately working with your stakeholders to

  • the prioritized list with your counterpart within US and Canada C&C Team for them to work with the platform SPI teams to develop and integrate content into the AECD package

  • You’ll wrap things up with a lessons-learned review: What went well vs. what could have been done more efficiently?

Skills/experiences you gain and grow in this role:

Project leadership / visibility:

This role provides you opportunities to showcase your presentation and project management skills to leaders within the Cummins Product Compliance and Regulatory Affairs organization. You’ll have the opportunity to grow/influence where the ADP project / your work goes and grows.

When first starting you, you'll just “do” the day to day work. But once you've got a solid understanding of the role, you can demonstrate your ability to lead the project and improve the process efficiency by helping the broader PCRA organization to be more effective at meeting our expansive list of compliance-related deliverables.


This role will expand your knowledge of essentially all aspects of the emission control system, including Fuel Systems, Air-handling systems, Base engine controls, DOC/DPF/regens, SCR and thermal management, and all emerging technologies related to emissions control. These skills are in high demand within Cummins, ensuring opportunities for career advancement beyond this role.


Position-specific skills needed include :

  • Project Leadership:

  • Strong self-motivation

  • Setting goals and timelines … then completing them on-time

  • Ability to lead projects/influence others...even if they think they don't want to be led

  • Ability to recognize when a project is off-track, and take actions to correct the course

  • Processes, Tools, and Documentation:

  1. Processesget things done the "right" way, every time

  2. Toolsexpedite / automate processes to make them more time-efficient / error proof

  3. Documentationcaptures training materials on the product, requirements, and processes & tools

  • The ideal candidate will be able to recognize the need for each of these elements, and consistently make the time / apply their talents to develop and improve them

  • Communication skills:

  • Crisp communication of technical content (written and verbal)

  • Comfortable summarizing complex features/topics at higher level … as well as capability to dig into the details with audiences of varying backgrounds when the need arises

  • Embrace “write-smart” principles

  • Ability to ask good/probing questions on SPI related topics to extract knowledge of features used, etc.

  • Interpersonal skills:

  • Influence without authority: The capability to convincingly lay out the case for action by other Teams

  • Organizational savvy: The ability to ask the right questions to determine who within Cummins you need to contact next to drive resolution to a problem

  • Technical skills:

  • Ideal candidates will have experience with engine and/or aftertreatment Combustion / Performance / Emissions, OBD / On Board Diagnostics, and engine controls experience

  • The more experience you have in this area, the more quickly you'll become highly effective in this role

  • However, this kind of experience is not an absolute requirement … a solid engineering fundamentals background and basic knowledge of engine performance characteristics represents a sufficient foundation on which to build your knowledge


Primary Location United States-Indiana-Columbus-US, IN, Columbus, Cummins Tech Center

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Mar 9, 2022, 6:36:13 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Corporate

Req ID: 220001QB