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Caterpillar, Inc. Heavy Structures Design Engineer in Sanford, North Carolina

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Are you passionate about shaping the future of heavy machinery? Caterpillar Inc. is seeking individuals for the Heavy Structures Design Engineer (internally known as Senior Design Engineer). In this position, you’ll play a pivotal role in the design and development of essential components for our compact track and skid steer loaders.

As a Heavy Structures Design Engineer at Caterpillar, you’ll be at the forefront of innovation, responsible for crafting concepts that not only meet but exceed customer expectations for performance, durability, quality, and serviceability. Join us and be a part of a dynamic team driving the evolution of heavy machinery technology.

What You Will Do:

  • Utilize Creo Simulate and other advanced FEA software to analyze and optimize design, ensuring structural integrity and performance excellence.

  • Bring your expertise in heavy fabrication and structures design to the table, contributing to the development of robust and reliable components.

  • Put your structural validation design and testing experience to work, conducting thorough assessments to validate design integrity and durability.

  • Demonstrate your project management skills as you oversee the lifecycle of design projects, ensuring they stay on track and meet deadlines.

  • Leverage your proficiency in product cost estimation and modeling to drive efficiency and cost-effectiveness in design solutions.

What You Have (Basic Qualifications):

  • Degree: bachelor’s degree from an accredited engineering curriculum.

  • Technical Excellence: Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing Creo or other FEA software, showcasing your ability to analyze and optimize design for structural integrity and performance.

  • Product Design: Proven experience in designing heavy fabrications and structures, highlighting your expertise in developing robust and reliable components for heavy machinery or similar applications.

  • Managing Multiple Priorities/Project Management: Track record of successfully managing design projects from conception through completion, showcasing your ability to keep projects on schedule and within budget.

Top Candidates Will Have :

  • Analytical Thinking: Ability to approach design challenges with a logical and analytical mindset, enabling you to identify and solve complex problems efficiently.

  • Effective Communication: Strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams, convey technical information clearly, and drive alignment towards project goals.

  • Mentorship: Previous mentorship skills, capable of guiding people/projects towards common goals and inspiring excellence in performance.

Additional Info :

  • Domestic relocation is available to those who qualify.

  • ISE assignments are not available.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available.

What You Will Get:

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits [medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401(k)] along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

About Caterpillar:

Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed.


Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as, H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S which can be found through our employment website at

Posting Dates:

April 3, 2024 - April 18, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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