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Electrical Engineer - Technology Development

Company: THOR Industries, Inc.
Location: Elkhart
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Title: Electrical Engineer - Technology Development Status: ExemptReports to: Director of Advanced Product Technology - US Innovation LabOPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW:In 1980, THOR Industries embarked on a journey to connect people with nature, and families with each other. Today, we continue that journey by leading a global family of companies which make it easier and more enjoyable for families of all types to create lasting outdoor memories. With its global headquarters located in Elkhart Indiana, and over a dozen companies located across the US and Europe, THOR is proud to be the largest RV manufacturer in the world. At THOR we deploy robust efforts to attract, hire, develop and retain the best and brightest talent in an array of professions. SUMMARY:This key innovation development role provides leadership and oversight to research, identify, validate, and develop technology capabilities that can be adopted into Thor products and manufacturing processes. As a part of the Advanced Product Technology (APT) team this individual will interact with global suppliers, partners, and technology incubators outside the organization as well as key stake holders with in the leadership teams of the Thor subsidiaries. A successful contributor will bring forward opportunities that both improve customer experience, be technically feasible, and provide a viable business case for adoption based on profitability, market differentiation, loss reduction, etc. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Provide leadership to Electrical component, system, communication, and process related projects as assigned with the APT department.2) Find and/or create innovation opportunities and complete phase zero evaluation of viability - including written analysis of viability findings (both favorable and unfavorable opportunities).3) Develop plans and execute validation of candidate technologies. Write validation plans which include testing procedures, findings, analysis methods, creation of prototypes and/or testing apparatus, timing and costs. Prepare and advocate for validation plans to secure required funding when required.4) Develop and execute plans for phase one demonstration and confirmation of validated technologies. Execute the design, build, and physical demonstration of new technologies such that Thor Subsidiaries can gain a visible and tangible understanding of the opportunities.5) Identify and document intellectual property opportunities related to technology development activities. Draft IP summaries to be submitted to Thor Legal for review.6) Produce documented initial business case support for implementation of validated technologies.7) Ensure validated technologies meet safety and compliance requirements for RV application.8) Support transition of technologies into the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group.9) Lead and integrate efforts of team members - both internal and external of Thor Industries. Strategically identify and recruit adjunct team skills necessary for the successful completion of projects.10) Work collaboratively to leverage the skills and knowledge of team members.11) Maintain project schedules and insure timely completion of assigned projects against allocated budgets.12) Provide clear and concise reporting of project status and periodic updates for progress review.13) Prepare final documentation to close all projects for retention of data.14) Manage multiple projects at various stages of completion.15) Undertake other duties reasonable and consistent with the position as needed. Travel as required. SKILLS Aptitude to function professionally and effectively in client focused organization. Ability to effectively lead teams comprised of technical and non-technical participants. Proven record of accomplishment in technology evaluation and implementation. Ability to apply both technical and business acumen to project evaluations. Strong organizational, project management and documentation skills. Ability to communicate complex topics to non-technical partners. Experience in 3D CAD (Inventor, Solidworks, Catia) and general office suite software programs. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 4-year degree in Engineering, advanced Engineering or Business degree beneficial. 5+ years of experience related to technology development and implementation in a manufacturing environment with defined project / team leadership responsibility. At THOR we are committed to:

  • Inspiring an inclusive culture which embraces individual differences
  • Treating team members fairly and with respect
  • Establishing a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • Training team members to be aware of their rights and responsibilities in regards to fair treatment
  • Providing equal opportunities based on ability, performance and potential THOR Industries offers our full-time team members a high-quality benefit package! This includes your choice of medical, dental, vision and disability income programs, as well as life insurance provided by THOR with additional insurances available for voluntary coverage for you and your family. Retirement savings programs are also available to help you reach your goals! In addition to Health and Wellness programs, THOR also offers a variety of perks to assist our team members throughout the year. These include: - Paid Holidays and Vacations - Local and National Discounts - Fitness Discounts - Tuition Reimbursement Opportunities - And many more programs!

    THOR is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in the employment application and interview process. To request an accommodation, please contact an HR Leader at (574) 970-7923, or by email at jobs@thorindustries.com. If accommodations are needed for an interview please reach out at least one week in advance.

Keywords: THOR Industries, Inc., Elkhart , Electrical Engineer - Technology Development, Engineering , Elkhart, Indiana

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