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Cummins Inc. Sr Engineer, Software Controls in Troy, Michigan

Sr Engineer, Software Controls


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We are looking for a talented Sr Engineer, Software Controls to join our team specializing in Engineering for our Components Business Segment in Rochester Hills, MI.

  • This product focused position tailors’ electronic systems for Cummins products. People in these positions will configure (tune), integrate, test, and release software, electronic control units, tools, sensors, actuators, and harnesses into an electronic system that controls the operation of Cummins’ products in a variety of customer applications.

  • Investigates electronic application and systems problems, understands causal mechanisms, recommends appropriate action, owns problem resolution, and documents results.

  • Applies and improves electronic application and systems development processes and tools. Processes include system specification, modelling and simulation, calibration, Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R), and troubleshooting. Tools include Simulink, calibration tools, and PTC Integrity.

  • Obtains input and negotiates with product and software development teams and delivers control system designs, verified and calibrated software features and builds to product teams.

  • Makes decisions in the areas of electronic systems design, requirements, calibration, and test that impact the quality and performance of calibrated subsystems and feature classes of electronic subsystems.

  • Responsible for review of less-experienced developers/testers’ work to ensure robust, reusable, and efficient design.

  • Provides independent leadership of smaller business impact projects or ownership of complex components, products, systems, or services with greater elements of ambiguity over the senior or lead engineer level and with full accountability to the project team.

  • Delivers independent execution of established and emerging work processes and systems, while still developing technology or product knowledge.

  • Leads the development and improvement of work processes and systems across a functional discipline area within a business unit site.

  • Coordinates and directs work amongst technicians and temporary student employees, assists in the transfer of knowledge to lesser experienced engineers through either indirect (scope of influence) or direct management of a small, local group of engineers.

  • Provides support and guidance to influence technical direction within a project team and continues to develop proficiency in the competency areas critical to success in the role.

  • Operates as a recognized specialist in a discipline or product area within the immediate team.



  • Design and Application of Mechatronics Systems - Specifies electronic hardware and interconnections that measure and control systems; applies electronic hardware and interconnections in Cummins' products.

  • Machine Integration and Optimization - Combines various parts or sub-systems into a whole to achieve the output most desired by the customer; applies Cummins' installation requirements using our standard tools, processes and identified best practices to ensure optimization of performance, reliability, cost, and quality; analyzes technical issues using proven problem-solving and troubleshooting techniques for rapid resolution.

  • Product Function Modeling, Simulation and Analysis - Impacts product design decisions through the utilization and/or interpretation of computational tools and methods that predict the capability of a product's function relative to its system, sub-system and/or component level requirements.

  • 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 reoccurrence.

  • Product Verification and Validation Management - Develops product systems validation plans from a variety of inputs to identify failure modes, while managing product risk and relative priority; negotiates product requirements against capability to guide project scope; evaluates analytical, simulation and physical test results to verify product capability and validate requirements; assesses legacy versus proposed system solution capabilities and produces recommendations with technical documentation to support product decisions.

  • 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.

  • Builds networks - Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

  • Communicates effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

  • Decision quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

  • Drives results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

  • Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

  • Resourcefulness - Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • College, university, or equivalent bachelor’s degree in engineering or appropriate STEM field is required.

  • Post-graduate (Master's) degree relevant to this discipline area may be required for select roles.

  • This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


  • Prior Senior or Lead Engineer equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is required with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving and quality decision making. Knowledge of MS Office tools is preferred.


  • This position will be part of the Advanced Engineering & Innovation Group within the Cummins-Meritor division and will support activities as directed by the Manager in the areas of Commercial vehicle chassis, Sensing Technologies & Innovation. As a Sr. Software Controls Engineer your primary focus will be on Electronics, Mechatronics and Electro-Pneumatic Smart Systems, with responsibility to design, develop, and enhance the control aspects of mechatronics and electro-pneumatic products. In this role, you will work on creating intelligent, efficient, and reliable control systems that are integrated into cutting-edge products, ensuring their optimal performance and safety.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and design control systems for mechatronics, electro-pneumatic and electrical smart systems, considering the integration of mechanical, electrical, electronic, and pneumatic components.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional electronics, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering teams to specify system requirements and functionality.

  • Write custom control logic and algorithms to achieve precise control and performance optimization.

  • Utilize simulation tools to create mathematical models of product systems, allowing real-time simulations to test and validate control strategies, tuning parameters, and safety measures, refining algorithms as needed.

  • Ensure software and systems comply with safety standards (e.g., ISO 26262)

  • Perform risk assessments and implement safety protocols.

  • Conduct MIL (model in the loop), SIL (Software in the loop), HIL (hardware in the loop) testing, and assist on vehicle level validation of control systems to ensure they meet performance and quality standards.

  • Diagnose and resolve technical issues in electro-mechanical and electro-pneumatic systems.

  • Develop maintenance procedures and schedules to ensure system reliability.

  • Create detailed technical documentation, including system schematics, wiring diagrams, and user manuals.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in designing and programming control systems for mechatronics, electro-pneumatic, electro-hydraulic or electrical systems, motors, and linear actuators, with a strong foundation in writing custom control logic and algorithms.

  • Experience in use of simulation software (e.g., MATLAB/Simulink).

  • Experience programming using C, C++, and Python.

  • Knowledge of electronics and electro-pneumatic components, and product development processes.

  • Familiarity with safety standards and regulations relevant to the product industry.

  • Exceptional problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities.

  • Willingness to adapt to evolving technologies and learning opportunities.

Preferred Experience:

  • Electronic Braking Systems, Electric Steering Systems, Pneumatic controlled systems.

  • Model-based design/simulation of systems (MIL, SIL and HIL), using software tools such as Matlab/Simulink, PowerSim, TruckSim, etc.

  • Hands on experience with vehicle systems and components.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Michigan-Rochester Hills-US, MI, Troy, 2135 West Maple Road

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Feb 15, 2024, 1:00:00 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Cummins Meritor

Role Category Hybrid - Potential for Partial Remote

Relocation Package Ineligible

Req ID: 2400010J