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FEA/CAE Engineer

Columbus, IN
Title: FEA/CAE Engineer
Location: Columbus, IN

Job Responsibilities:

The tasks for this engineering project include: 

  • Operates as a recognized specialist in strain measurements, data acquisition and data processing within the immediate team (Tools: NI Labview, LMS Testlab, etc)
  • Capable of performing stress and fatigue FEA analysis and has an understanding of how those results can relate to strain measurements (Tools: Ansys Workbench)
  • Operates as the manager of the Applied Mechanics Team work order database (including but not limited to engineering support, leading the change review process for database improvements)
  • Obtains input and negotiates with Design, Thermal Sciences, Materials and Product Validation and delivers key structural performance parameters like motion, load, natural frequencies, stress, design margin, life, sound power to Design and Product Validation.
  • Makes decisions in the area of structural design (materials and their processing as well as geometry) that impact structural performance (motion, load, natural frequencies, stress, design margin, life, sound power) of components and systems
  • Applies and improves testing, measurement methods and computer modeling processes that determine and estimate motion, load, natural frequencies, stress, design margin, life, sound power using tools such as vibration analysis, digital signal processing, instrumentation, strain gaging, ANSYS, FE-Safe, GT-Suite, and AVL Excite required to support the processes and enable high quality decision making.
  • Provides independent leadership of smaller business impact projects or ownership of complexc omponents, products, systems or services with greater elements of ambiguity over the senior or lead engineer level and with full accountability to the project team.
  • Delivers independent execution of established and emerging work processes and systems, while still developing technology or product knowledge.
  • Leads the development and improvement of work processes and systems across a functional discipline area within a business unit site.
  • Coordinates and directs work amongst technicians and temporary student employees, assists in the transfer of knowledge to lesser experienced engineers through either indirect (scope of influence) or direct management of a small, local group of engineers.
  • Provides support and guidance to influence technical direction within a project team and continues to develop proficiency in the competency areas critical to success in the role.


  • BS Degree in Engineering
  • Lead/ support strain gage data acquisition tasks including but not limited to:
    • Strain gage test planning (strain gage, selection, placement and bridge configuration)
    • Strain gage data acquisition
    • Data processing
  • Perform structural analysis (using ANSYS Workbench) on Fuel systems components/systems according to company standard processes including but not limited to:
    • Pressure fatigue analysis
    • High pressure sealing and fretting analysis
    • Overload analysis Modal and Modal scaling analysis
    • DBJ (design for bolted joints)
    • Wear and beat in analysis
  • Able to complete stress/strain FEA analysis and use results to determine appropriate strain gage test plan to calibrate the FE model
  • Leads the development and maintenance of the teams work order database and model library including but not limited to:
    • Supporting engineers with database problems
    • Leading change review process for database improvements and enhancements
    • Helps define process flows and executes their initiation
    • Leads and supports special pilot projects (example projects include: focusing on database efficiency and data migration)
  • Perform fatigue testing and subsequent duty cycle analysis. Tasks include by not limited to:
    • Test and fixture design support (working with lab technician to design test to mimic the loading conditions in the field)
    • Test plan determination and documentation
    • Working with lab technician to execute the test Generate test results
    • Perform duty cycle analysis using company standard processes

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