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Systems Engineer

Date: Jun 28, 2017

Location: Eden Prairie, MN, US

Company: MTS Systems

Req ID: 35101

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:
Provides technical focus for large and complex product developments.  Rationalizes system requirements, generates functional allocations, directs system configuration trades and performance assessment to deliver best value with differentiation, sets clear and verifiable acceptance criterion, and manages technical issues from pre-sale through product acceptance.  Develops process and tools to improve technical definition of complex products. Works to capture and disseminate corporate learning for future products.


Major Areas of Accountability:

1. Provide technical direction for definition of complex systems and in the resolution of problems associated with the engineering and design of large or complex systems while considering the complete product lifecycle.


2. Drive continuous improvement in product definition by applying Systems Engineering processes and tools to maximize customer and MTS value. Coordinate activities to support design to cost, design for assembly, manufacture, and serviceability initiatives.


3. Provide regular reporting to Project Management on product technical risks and status. Monitors performance against specifications, conducts design reviews, and acts to minimize deviations.


4. Coordinate with Application Engineers and Project Engineers while acting as proposal technical lead to develop customer specifications, functional requirements, acceptance criterion, and concept solutions which provide best value while maintaining differentiation in the market.


5. Ensure best value and differentiation in product development while meeting technical performance.


  • Responsible for product requirements and functional definition to ensure concepts are rationally defined to clear criterion.
  • Establish acceptance criterion early in a pursuit to ensure clarity in expectations for the customer and the technical team.
  • Direct configuration trades, performance assessment, and iteration of internal and customer requirements to arrive at rational product configurations offering best value to market and MTS needs.
  • Maintain technical risk and opportunity assessment from initiation of pursuit to product acceptance to manage risk and minimize uncertainty.
  • Ensure required analyses are conducted and documented, including FMEA, Hazard, and MTBF as appropriate.
  • Follow systems into customer acceptance to resolve technical conflicts and to gather lessons learned for future development


6. Provide technical direction and customer interface as required to resolve customer service issues exceeding the capabilities of MTS service staff.


7. Create and deliver formal technical presentations to both external customers and internal management related to job function, program status, or future technical direction.



<span style="font-family: "Arial", "sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;">BS degree in Engineering with 9+ years of progressively demanding product development experience.

<span style="font-family: "Arial", "sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;">Ability to direct complex technical development projects, build relationships, lead cross-functional teams, and build consensus among development team members.

Ability to perform the following functions:

  • Requirements Engineering

  • Systems Integration

  • Risk management

  • Technical planning

  • Technical effort assessment

  • Design Development& Trade Studies

  • Acceptance test planning

Ability to travel up to 25% domestic and internationally.


MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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