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Systems Engineer 2



Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870, we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges.  Our products include: equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial, and outdoor environments, detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, cleaning tools and supplies, and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces.  With more than $1.1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.  Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer, and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety, and further sustainability goals.


At Tennant, we are expanding and growing in exciting areas such as autonomous robots, IoT/Connected machines, and new power sources.  We are seeking an experienced Systems Engineer with a strong, demonstrated background in electrical systems design, integration, and program execution to join our team. We want someone who is excited by the prospect of applying new technologies to tackle complex problems, someone who is passionate about building great products, and who thrives in a continuous improvement growth culture.  As part of our team, you will contribute significantly to the delivery of our award-winning products & services around the world, working to develop new sources of data-driven value for Tennant Company and our customers.



  • Creative, dynamic team player, able to lead small cross-functional groups.
  • Strong multi-tasking ability. May be working multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Problem solving and root cause analysis.
  • Experience participating in electrical design activities including cost and schedule metrics.
  • Participation in technical teams working through structured problem solving.
  • Ability to adapt and drive progress when design aspects are not fully defined or evolve over time.




  • Work closely with the product managers and other cross-functional stakeholders to translate business requirements into well-designed, implemented, and documented solutions.
  • Establish functional requirements and performance targets for electrical machine systems.
  • Develop new ideas/hypotheses, conduct quick Proofs-of-Concept (POCs) to validate them and de-risk development.
  • Work as part of a cross-functional team to execute complex engineering projects.
  • Hold and participate in Design Reviews.
  • Technical design of machine control systems to solve application challenges.  Focus on requirements, interfaces, and reuse/maintenance of solutions.
  • Collaborate with internal teams, vendors and design services teams to implement and maintain solutions.
  • Understanding of electrical system elements and development process, including: wiring harnesses, printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), embedded software, and regulatory testing (UL, IEC, EMC, ESD, EFT).
  • Applying applicable industry standards and ensuring design compliance.
  • Evaluating design risk using tools like DFMEA and HARA.
  • In partnership with the mechanical design team, generate system design innovations that deliver value to the customer.



  • BS in Electrical, Software, or Computer Engineering with 3+ years of experience.
  • Proven track-record in electrical architecture design and implementation in a technical leadership role. Hands-on experience building & deploying control solutions incorporating new and legacy systems.
  • Experience with electrical systems integration, including: harnessing, connectors, cable routing, mechanical protection (sleeving), and electrical protection (fuses, circuit breakers).
  • Prior electric vehicle electrical system design highly desirable.
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams (Mechanical, Hardware, Systems, Software, Production, Supply Chain, etc.).
  • Experience in requirements decomposition, development, authoring, and verification.  Experience with requirements management tools and interface control documentation.
  • Experience de-risking complicated projects by breaking them into development milestones and proof-of-concept efforts.
  • Experience with task management tools and defect tracking tools (Jira).
  • Ability to present complex technical information to internal and external stakeholders.




  • Experience in physical systems modeling, analysis, and simulation using tools such as MATLAB, Simulink, MathCad, or PSpice.
  • Expertise in control system modeling, design, and verification using tools such as MATLAB and Simulink.
  • Experience with communication interfaces and networks including CAN, RS-232, Ethernet, and USB.
  • Experience with mechanical design software basic functionality (Solidworks).
  • Power electronics, power systems, and closed loop control systems experience preferred.


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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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