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Dana Lafayette Applications Engineer - 23641 in Lafayette, Indiana

Dana is a global leader in the supply of highly engineered driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains. Serving three primary markets passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.Job Overview: Develop vehicle-level solutions for drive and motion systems for off-highway customers' machines, to create new opportunities and maintain existing business.Work with customers to define system requirements and with Dana product specialists to select and define the system solution based on Dana portfolio: driveline systems (transmissions, torque converters, axles, wheel/track drives, and driveshafts); motion systems (winches, hydraulic pumps and motors, gearboxes); electric motors and inverters; software and controls.Part of the global Customer Solution Engineering team, regionally supporting all Off-Highway customers in the Mining, Material Handling, Construction, Forestry, Agricultural and Specialty Equipment market segments.Essential Duties: Technical contact for the customer in order to provide them with timely and correct technical information on the various DANA off-highway componentsPrimary, single-point technical contact, in conjunction with Sales, with key assigned off-highway customersEstablish and maintain strong customer relationshipsRegularly visit customer Engineering facilities and plants to ascertain needs and resolve issuesCoordinate, maintain, and close customer specific open issue lists (OISR)Professional and timely responses to customer requestsRequirements identification, synthesis, and management for customer projectsProvide customers technical product assistancePresent Dana technologies from a technical standpoint, and be aware of the latest developments in the drive, motion, and electrification areaApplication AnalysisIdentify customer system requirements and define subsystems and components requirements Conduct analysis of machine applications (typically using application software) and define solution proposalWork with customers in collecting technical details and experimental data (e.g. driving cycles) to support Dana engineering teamsWork with product specialists to identify suitable solutions responding to requirements; this includes interfacing with all Dana divisions (driveline, motion/hydraulics, motors, mechatronics, etc.), and external suppliersDocument with technical presentation, charts, etc.; present solutions and trade-offs to customersEstimate and provide development costs for new applications for Sales to utilize for quotationsProgram Management Stage GateEngineering lead role for customer specific projectsSupport PE (Product Engineering) lead in NPD (new product development) with technical customer communications (requirements, update presentations, etc.)New Product DevelopmentCommunicate customer/market needs for future products to PE and PP (Product Planning)Propose new system solutions to improve efficiency or cost of driveline or motion systemsCost OptimizationObtain customer approvals (via CARs) and implementation of technically verified and valid VAVE ideasEngage in potential VAVE idea generation activitiesWarranty ManagementEngage in regular reviews of PSS (Product Service and Support) warranty data for understanding/awareness and possible supportReview customer vehicle checkouts requests to determine if needed for new applicationCompetitive BenchmarkingEngage in and support reverse engineering / competitive product benchmarking activitiesResponsible to understand customer use of competitive product and competitor product presenceActively participate in training opportunities to further develop knowledge and skillsLook for opportunities to enhance