Field Test Engineer

Lafayette, Indiana
Apr 03, 2024
Apr 15, 2024
Engineering, Test
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Field Test Engineer
Country/Region: US

Lafayette, IN, US,

Req ID 49758 CSS Lafayette Staff, United States

About the team: This role will be joining a growing team of 12 engineers and 2 technicians based in Lafyette, Indiana supporting the Powerline automatic transmission for the medium duty commercial vehicle market. The Powerline is an 8 speed torque converter equipped automatic transmission that is quickly gaining market share in North America and the world. Powerline currently has best-in-class shift comfort and fuel efficiency - hence the need for a growing engineering support group. The North American team works closely with our design colleagues in Germany, and our new production facility in Gray Court, South Carolina. Come join our team of highly motivated individuals working with one of the most advanced automatic transmissions on the market today, and for one of the Top 5 automotive suppliers in the world.

Commercial Vehicle solutions from the ZF Group provide the capability to shape the future of commercial transportation systems. With a comprehensive portfolio and expertise it enables ZF to reimagine transportation for a safer and sustainable tomorrow. Our technologies and services for commercial vehicles and fleets make them more efficient, safe, connected, intelligent and automated wherever they operate.

What you can look forward to as a Field Test Engineer:

We are looking for a Field Test Engineer to lead the build & operation of demo/engineering/ field test vehicles with advanced powertrains. This position will be interfacing with end-customers, OEMs, local engineering, and central engineering. The Field Test Engineer will also be responsible for engineering lab coordination for the tear-down, evaluation, assembly, and function-testing of our powertrain products.

Perform test engineering and related analysis as required to support internal and external customers. Document lab and field test plans and publish test reports for the development and validation of current and new transmission products. Work with test personnel to execute plans.
Manage the interactions with end-customer fleets to install our products, train drivers, get performance data, and address any topics that arise.
Design, setup, configure, and operate test setups, fixtures, and instrumentation as required by test plans, test standards, and customer instructions.
Perform troubleshooting and root cause analysis of issues in transmissions. Ensure completion of all 8-Ds for testing-development issues.
Give effective presentations to critical/high level customers and effectively represent work group on review panels and cross-organizational teams. Write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for external consumption.
Preparation of work-instructions for all aspects of Engineering Test Trucks, Transmission evaluations, and Lab Testing activities.
Provide technical support to the Field Organization, Service Organization, Procurement Organization, Sales and Marketing Organization, Original Equipment Manufacturers, and vendors.
Work with ZF engineering teams (program management, design, control and resident) and departments within global R&D.
Plans multiple projects simultaneously. Estimates, tracks & completes project on time and within budget. Create tasks and timelines required to complete assignments.

Your profile:

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
3 years minimum of experience within powertrain engineering.
Customer and supplier interface experience preferred.
Either have (or have the ability to obtain) a CDL (Commercial Driver's License).
Capable of managing a variety of engineering projects, prepare formal presentations, and maintain project document files. Strong problem solving and analytical skills. Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management.
Working knowledge of measurement techniques, hydraulics, and vehicle testing techniques. Familiarity with data acquisition systems, data analysis, and data processing.
Strong Functional/Product Knowledge, ability to train others.
Proficient with Microsoft Office software.
Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally (up to 25%).

Why you should choose ZF in Lafyette:

A supportive collaborative team environment
Annual Incentive Plan
Paid Vacation
Personal Time
401k Plan
Health Care Benefits
Paid Holidays (13 fixed holidays)
A Hybrid Work Schedule (2 days remote/3 days onsite)
Tuition reimbursement for educational advancement
A strong diversity culture
Supportive Employee Groups and community outreach activities

Be part of our ZF team as Field Test Engineer and apply now!


Sneha Raman

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice.

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility.

Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is 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. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

What does DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) mean for ZF as a company?

At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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