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Drive Unit Engineer

Location: Tallapoosa, Georgia, United States
Job ID: R0051416
Date Posted: Jun 7, 2024
Segment: Astemo
Business Unit: Hitachi Astemo
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Position Summary:

This position will be part of the xEV Regional PE group for Electric Vehicle products and will be responsible for activity and support for Drive Unit (DU) / E-Axle programs. The purpose of the position will be to support activities to establish equipment specifications, manufacturing processes, and investment quotations for programs related to DU products.  Overall requirements of the position are to ensure that production equipment runs to equipment specification and produces products based on the product specifications, and customer requirement, including ensuring that equipment is verified and qualified for mass production utilization. This position offers opportunities to work with a wide variety of aspects of the manufacturing processes, a wide variety of departments and levels of management within the company both domestic and international. Essential functions of this job include:

  • Design efficient processes and equipment.
  • Develop equipment specifications for manufacturing parts to customer requirements.
  • Work with a wide range of equipment makers to develop equipment costs.
  • Ensure equipment specifications to produce products and align with regional requirements.
  • Confirm that equipment is installed and meets required specification.
  • Ensure that equipment is safe to utilize for all associates.
  • Confirm that all product requirements are met through testing, including the verification.
  • Assist other departments in setting up testing trials/experiments for customer/internal troubles, including countermeasure activity as needed.

Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Skills):

  • 4year University Degree in Related Field and 3 - 5 years related work experience.
  • Engineering skills including knowledge of control systems, robotics, mechanics, pneumatics, optical inspection and computer programming.
  • Knowledge/experience with troubleshooting production equipment
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes
  • Ability to make quick, accurate, data driven decisions and utilize excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy with both personal computers and manufacturing systems.
  • Willingness to support the corporate culture with an absolute focus on ethics and fairness.

Preferred Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Skills):

  • Work experience within automotive industry, with emphasis in electro/mechanical devices
  • Knowledge of EV components such as inverters and motors
  • Knowledge/experience with equipment verification
  • Knowledge of APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, etc.
  • Experience in electronics manufacturing and principles IPC regulations
  • Well organized, attention to detail and able to handle multiple deadlines and projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills to prepare and present information to all levels of associates, management and customers both verbally and written
  • Ability to lead projects obtaining the support of multiple departments and organizations

Essential to Job Functions – Physical and/or Mental Restrictions:

  • Ability to work flexible schedule including all shifts and days as needed
  • Ability to work for long periods of time while sitting
  • Standing, walking, and bending for the duration of the workday
  • Ability to lift 35lbs from floor to a height of 4ft
  • Ability to push or pull pallet jack up to 450lbs
  • Visual ability to work accurately with detailed information and a computer screen
  • Ability to travel for business (Domestic and Overseas)


  • Intermediate experience required in Windows, MSWord, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Project Management Software preferred (MS Project)
  • Experience in CAD ware ( AutoCad, or other)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Make sound business decisions, exercise good judgment and maintain high level of motivation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Confers with and prepares reports for corporate management
  • Maintain functional knowledge of processes, procedures and equipment within manufacturing

Work Environment – Travel, Noise, Smells, Quiet, Indoors or Outdoors, etc.

  • Requires 25% travel – Domestic and International (may include short term assignment in foreign country)
  • Open-Office Setting
  • Factory Setting with Noise

Equipment Used

  • Personal Computer
  • Hand and power tools
  • Electro/Mechanical Testing Equipment

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

If you need a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job at Hitachi, please send the nature of request and contact information to [email protected]. Queries other than accommodation requests will not be responded to.

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