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Lead Engineer - Power Conversion

Company: Eaton Corporation
Location: Dearborn Heights
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Job Description:

Eaton Research Lab (ERL) has an exciting and rewarding position of a Lead Engineer in Power Conversion to support research and technology development in emerging technology programs.  This position will be based out of our Southfield, MI facility.   Relocation assistance will be provided if needed.

Position Overview:

Eaton is a power management company made up of over 92,000 employees, doing business in more than 175 countries. The ERL is a corporate R&D function within Eaton's Chief Technology Office, responsible for innovative and breakthrough technology development and commercialization for Eaton products and service solutions. The Lead Power Electronics Engineer will develop innovative solutions for our Electrification strategy. In this role, you will be responsible for designing, developing, and testing power electronics circuits, platforms, and systems for power conversion and circuit protection applications. This position requires a strong understanding of modern power converter topologies, including resonant DC-DC converters. A good blend of technical knowledge and business acumen is needed to be successful in this position. The successful candidate will be reporting to the Technology Manager for Power Electronics (PE) group of ERL.

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours. 

In this role you will:

  • Create emerging power conversion & power system solutions based on breakthrough technologies for industrial, automotive, truck, and aerospace applications.
  • Lead power electronics design and development activities and demonstrate start-finish ownership for the assigned tasks
  • Perform design, modeling, simulation, and development of power electronics, including analog and digital electronics, for power conversion and circuit protection
  • Develop technical requirements for the designs, create technical reports and presentations
  • Build and measure test circuits, analyze data to improve/optimize the design in terms of performance, size, cost, manufacturability, and reliability
  • Collaborate with and support mechanical, PCB layout, and firmware engineers to successfully develop and validate the designs.

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • 3+ years of experience with Power Electronics

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Experience in low and medium voltage power conversion and power systems engineering, including creating specifications, defining application space, designing technical solution concepts, and building and testing prototypes to validate models/hypotheses and documenting results.
  • Strong knowledge of power semiconductors, power electronics passive components (e.g., high-frequency magnetics, power capacitors, etc.), state-of-the-art cooling techniques
  • Experience with modern converter topologies, specifically isolated DC-DC converters (e.g., resonant, phase-shifted full bridge, dual active bridge)
  • Familiarity with control methods, experience with microcontrollers and digital signal processors.
  • Experience in modeling power converters and power systems using simulation tools (example: MATLAB/Simulink, PLECS, Simplorer, PSIM and/or PSCAD). 

Position Criteria

  • Proven track record in new technology development with multiple stakeholders in a matrixed organization
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Experience formulating value proposition of new technologies

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

We provide benefits that are industry competitive and focused on employee well-being. Listed below are programs that are offered globally, but program availabilities may vary by site.

  • Flexible work options to help balance work/life demands (at participating Eaton sites)
  • Healthcare/retirement savings programs
  • Competitive compensation packages to reward skills and performance
  • Tuition assistance or financial help for ongoing learning and development
  • Health, Dental, Vision & Wellness programs
  • Donation matching (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico)


We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters.

We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: CTO Corporate Technology Office

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Keywords: Eaton Corporation, Dearborn Heights , Lead Engineer - Power Conversion, Other , Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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