Tenneco Principle Engineer - Electro Mechanical Integration Team (EMIT) in Monroe, Michigan

Principle Engineer - Electro Mechanical Integration Team (EMIT)

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Job Summary

The Lead Engineer for the Electro Mechanical Integration Team (EMIT) is responsible for the design, development, engineering execution processes, product validation, and maintenance of damper systems defined by the Global Product Line Engineers (PLE). The Lead Engineer will integrate the appropriate sub systems and components, developed by the functional groups, into the product development. And will mature / maintain the product documentation to allow a smooth transition into Regional Engineering. The Lead Engineer will also be responsible as a damper systems subject matter expert.

The Lead Engineer will provide technical knowledge in his field and will give guidance to sub-team members to support the execution of the project in multiple locations and cultures. Travel required by this position is approximately 5% to 10%.


Provide the Electro Mechanical Integration support to design, develop, validate, and maintain Ride Performance Products defined by Global PLE.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Leads the EMIT engineering activities required to design, develop, validate, and maintain the Ride Performance Products defined by Global PLE.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

Team Development

  • Coordinates and guides other PLE sub-team members (such as EMIT Engineers and Functional Experts) when developing damper products, damper modules, and suspension systems.

  • Support development of standardized training materials used by Global PLE.

  • Support annual SWOT.

  • Support annual skills assessment.

  • Support the annual maturity model.

  • Support identification of gaps in capability and capacity for EMIT.

  • Support succession planning for EMIT.

  • Utilize structured problem solving through training and standardized tool utilization.

Create DFMEA Engineering Culture

  • Lead the development and maintenance of Global Generic DFMEA’s for each Product Line.

  • Utilize the DFMEA format as specified by Global Operations.

  • Utilize the DFMEA as an engineering tool not a document

Create Design Review Culture

  • Utilize the Design Review Templates specified by Global Operations for Ride Performance Products.

  • Support the Design Review Culture through active participation and leadership.

  • Ensure cross-functional participation.

Establish the Home Room for Electro Mechanical Integration

  • Serve as the lead subject matter expert for release of global standard generic BOM, damper system design/application rules, product specifications, IP expertise on this product line, competitiveness in the market relative to benchmarking, and functional performance on damper system level (key damper system performance characteristic) and DFM/DFA.

  • Utilize standards for the damper systems in the Product Lines.

  • Utilize print templates for damper systems to drive standardization, efficiency and quality improvement.

  • Evaluate any deviations to the standards.

  • Support maintenance of Engineering database to ensure latest templates are available.

  • Utilize SC’s where appropriate.

  • Ensure functional understanding of key damper attributes and tolerances.

  • Executes the new product SOR / DVP including the necessary deeper translation to sub-system and component level SORs.

  • Integrates the sub-systems and component design / development / validation into the product design / development / validation.

  • Ad hoc support of Chief Engineers, Application engineer, PLE, Functional experts during customer and supplier visits.

  • Support PLE’s and/or Product Management with the product portfolio strategy.

  • Grow the Product Line Engineering capabilities relative to processes, tools, and engineering infrastructure.

  • Understand Tenneco manufacturing damper assembly processes and the key processes that affect damper performance.

  • Support year over year improvement in warranty.

  • Support continuous DtC/DtV (VA/VE) culture in the Global Damper Systems teams.

  • Support the development of engineering tools that drives efficiency and quality by the regional teams.

Engineering Execution Processes, Procedures, and Tools for Electro Mechanical Integration

  • Improve existing engineering execution systems, improve analysis techniques, and develop global test procedures (includes KBME activities).

  • Continuous execution of global DTV/DTC (VA/VE) activities related to damper systems.

  • Support the annual benchmarking plan for damping systems of competitors and analyze damper technology trends.

  • Develop summary reports of benchmarking results.

  • Drive year over year operational efficiency improvements.

Organization & Procedures

  • Collaborate with management, advanced manufacturing engineering, operations, program management, global supply chain, and CBU's to drive cross functional execution.

  • Support the forecast of operating costs per Product Line.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure safety of self and others.

  • Utilize correct use of global systems, procedures (TS, NTI and TenPLUS), processes and tools, required for the execution of product development projects according to TBS (NTI, TenPLUS).

  • Support continuous improvement & lean out processes/organization, related to product development and take actions accordingly.

  • Support use of standardized models for resource planning, standard EQU’s for standard work.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information.

  • Design - Generate creative solutions.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

  • Team Work - Balances Team and individual responsibilities.

  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.

  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget.

  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals.

  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity.

Required Experience

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Master degree (with acompleted Thesis) in Mechanical, Electromechanical and/or Hydraulic Engineering

  • Minimum 3 years progressive engineering experience in automotive

  • Having experience in design and development of products from conception through production


  • Preferably, a background in Six Sigma methodologies, 8Ds, and root cause analysis

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Strong analytical and complex problem solving ability.

Specialized Skills/Knowledge

  • Fluent in English.

  • Strong background in mechanical design and/or hydraulics, experience with electromechanical systems is required.

  • Strong background in problem solving techniques (e.g., 8D, Six Sigma) is required.

  • General understanding of Tenneco RP portfolio.

  • Multicultural awareness: able to communicate and coordinate with remote locations.

  • Result oriented + customer (internal/external) focused.

Computer Skills:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Design software and Project Management software.

Job Location

Monroe, Michigan, United States

Position Type


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