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Product Lifecycle Systems Engineer

 At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers.


The Product Lifecycle Systems Engineer supports engineering product development and sustainment activities for mobile cleaning equipment in the Industrial Category. This position primarily supports cross-functional teams that sustain electro-mechanical machines in the areas of product sustainment, gross margin or cost of goods sold (COGS) improvement, and design quality. Additionally, this role contributes to cross-functional teams that design and develop innovative electro-mechanical machines and features that meet requirements for performance, quality, product cost, and project timelines. 

Additionally this role: 

  • Applies principles of engineering and science to contribute to the development and sustainment of product designs at the machine and subsystem level that deliver lasting customer value and competitive advantage.
  • Creates new concepts for machine sub-systems and component designs as necessary to support product lifecycle development activities 
  • Maintains machine level performance specifications to meet customer needs and contributes to evolution of these specifications over time.
  • Prepares concepts, layouts, models, sketches and/or schematic diagrams to aid in the understanding and solution of engineering problems.
  • Determines nature and type of engineering models, detail drawings, and analysis required for machine and subsystem development, and supervises their completion through the development cycle.
  • Executes research/development activities to establish and achieve technical evolution of assigned systems.
  • Identifies and investigates technology developments relevant to assigned subsystems. 
  • Leverages laboratory and field test data to understand and manage design trade-offs.
  • Collaborates closely with cross-functional partners and supports the Engineering development team to achieve product lifecycle goals in the areas of performance, cost, quality and schedule.
  • Supports creation and sustainment of electro-mechanical designs, specifications, and drawing releases.  
  • Prepares product designs in compliance with engineering principles, company standards, government regulations, and customer requirements.
  • Establishes machine and subsystem development plans and schedules from concept to production implementation within overall business requirements.  Tracks and reports progress to the cross-functional program leader and engineering management.
  • Works with internal and external suppliers to develop subsystem designs that achieve performance and cost targets.
  • Leads and participates in formal/informal design reviews.
  • Plans and executes prototype builds at the machine and subsystem level.
  • Plans and supports machine and subsystem verification and validation testing.
  • Supports production launch and production sustainment needs
  • Documents machine level and subsystem design knowledge to ensure future value to the organization.
  • Provides design governance throughout a product’s lifecycle


Required Skills

  • Broad technical knowledge in the design and development of computer controlled electromechanical systems.
  • Experience working on cross functional teams (Hardware, Software, Systems, Vendors, Production, Sourcing, etc.) in all phases of system development, qualification, and product sustainment
  • Capable of contributing to teams in structured problem solving. Ability to drive root cause identification and corrective action leading to timely resolution.
  • Creative / innovative problem solving.
  • Self-starter, able to successfully plan and manage project design and development activities.
  • Data based decision making / statistical analysis.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to model and predict system performance based on engineering principles.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information to a variety of internal and external groups.
  • Experience with FMEA and 8D problem solving methods
  • Some experience with communication protocols, such as CANOpen, etc. is a plus
  • Experience with power electronics/systems, and closed loop control systems is a plus
  • Experience with requirements management tools (JAMA), defect tracking and project management tools (JIRA) a plus


Required Experience

  • BS in Electrical, Systems, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent from an ABET accredited four-year college or university.
  • MS in Engineering a plus.
  • Three to six years of design engineering and cross functional project team experience preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) a plus.
  • Six Sigma experience a plus.


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Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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