Principal Engineer

Principal Engineer


Waukesha, WI


05 May 2022

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The Principal Engineer provides technical leadership across one or more business groups by exploring existing and new technologies to optimize market opportunity and fuel business growth.   
The role interfaces with the cross functional teams across the organization consisting of engineering, operations (industrial engineering, production, and material procurement), sourcing, quality, service, and marketing.
  • Research new specialized technologies for potential to provide competitive advantages.
  • Lead innovation teams in developing patents and creating technical papers for publication.
  • Develop new techniques, practices and processes utilizing new and existing technologies to enhance organizational performance.
  • Serve as an expert resource within the organization to guide and mentor engineering staff including reviewing designs and providing feedback, proactively identifying risk and proposing mitigations/contingencies, proposing ideas/options to improve project speed/timeliness, etc.
  • Support the leadership team with respect to technical strategy
  • Support and represent the organization as an industry leader in areas of personal and team specializations
  • Lead and assist teams in addressing difficult and complex technical challenges by stimulating cooperation and joint effort
  • Participate in the transfer and optimization of technology and ideas across one or more business groups
  • Designs, validates, and brings new products and technologies to market 
  • Matches new technologies to market needs and opportunities resulting in substantial business growth
  • Specifies precise new product and technology functional requirements; designs, tests and integrates the most complex components to produce final designs; and evaluates the design's overall effectiveness, cost (including cost/benefit analysis), reliability (risk analysis), and safety. 
  • Perfects existing specialized technology.
  • Ventures into new specialized or “leading edge” technology across one or business groups that provides competitive advantage.
  • Collaborates with internal manufacturing partners, contract manufacturers, designers and product specialists to optimize the most unique and complex designs and technologies
  • Collaborates cross-functionally to optimize profitability by keeping development and product costs minimized while still delivering on key product objectives; pro-actively analyzes tradeoffs and presents options as appropriate
  • Drives substantial business growth as a direct result of their activities
  • Acts as a resource to mentor and teach less experienced engineers
  • Travel globally to other Generac and key supplier/partner facilities as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related discipline
  • 15 years of relevant work experience in power generation, particularly electronics/controls

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or directly related discipline
  • Excellent writing skills
  • 7-10+ years of demonstrated success as a technical innovator in a relevant manufacturing organization; power generation or related industry strongly preferred; power electronics also preferred
  • Ability to perform detail-oriented work with a high degree of accuracy on multiple, complex projects simultaneously
  • Broad design experience with a variety of electronics including power electronics, engine controls, displays, connectivity modules, etc.
  • Well-developed electronics related technical skills to include hardware, firmware (C/C++), and software development
  • In-depth experience in new product design and development
  • Ability to conduct complex analyses of communications reliability, thermal management/performance, mechanical packaging design, environmental impacts/performance, etc.
  • Experience sitting on a regulatory committee in a technical role
  • Published papers and or holder of one or more patents
  • Ability to translate technical information to all audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to apply engineering knowledge and experience to improve products, services and processes and mentor other engineers in design, development, risk identification, troubleshooting, issue resolution, innovation, etc.
  • Experience in test & validation plan and procedure development and execution including multiple methods (HIL/SIL, bench component and/or system testing, fault injection methods, etc.)
  • Experience in simulation and model-based design best practices

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