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Cummins Inc. Technical Specialist- Chemical Systems Modeling in Columbus, Indiana

Technical Specialist- Chemical Systems Modeling


This applied science position applies chemical principles that create and develop product functionalities which are integrated and sold into Cummins’ products. The position involves the research, design, analysis, testing and failure analysis of chemical based products, including catalyts, substrates,sensors, batteries and fuel cells.

Provides independent leadership of smaller business impact projects or ownership of complex components, 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.

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 (see “competencies” below).

Operates as a recognized specialist in a discipline or product area within the immediate team.



Accelerated Aging Testing and Analysis of Chemical Systems - Designs and constructs laboratory equipment to simulate various aging exposures relevant to practical applications of active chemical components, including thermal cycling, chemical poisoning, and physical masking.

Characterization of Chemical Systems - Designs and conducts tests of physicochemical properties, for example morphology, acid-base and redox properties, diffusion characteristics, impedance behaviors, solubility, and chemical poisoning, in order to aid in diagnostics and prediction of performance and health of chemically active components.

Chemical or Electrochemical Performance Testing - Designs tests measuring chemical transformation of species, selectivity, electric yield, response to chemical and physical environments in order to determine performance, durability, or state of health of chemically or electrochemically active components; examines and interprets test data using analysis methods to draw conclusions that influence hardware and controls design decisions and to provide information for computational tools development.

Product Function Modeling, Simulation and Analysis - Impacts product design decisions through the utilization and/or interpretation of computational tools and methods that predict the capability of a product's function relative to its system, sub-system and/or component level requirements.

Product Problem Solving - Solves product problems using a process that protects the customer; determines the assignable cause; implements robust, data-based solutions; and identifies the systemic root causes and recommended actions to prevent problem reoccurrence.

Product Verification and Validation Management - Develops product systems validation plans from a variety of inputs to identify failure modes, while managing product risk and relative priority; negotiates product requirements against capability to guide project scope; evaluates analytical, simulation and physical test results to verify product capability and validate requirements; assesses legacy versus proposed system solution capabilities and produces recommendations with technical documentation to support product decisions.

Builds networks - Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

Communicates effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Decision quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Drives results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

Resourcefulness - Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent Bachelor's degree in Engineering or appropriate STEM field is required.

Post-graduate (Master's) degree relevant to this discipline area may be required for select roles.

This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Prior Senior or Lead Engineer equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is required with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving and quality decision making. Knowledge of MS Office tools is preferred

Additional Key Responsibilities:

Apply broad based engineering knowledge to solve multi-discipline problems in the modeling domain.

Identify engine exhaust aftertreatment modeling needs via input from and interaction with aftertreatment functional and system integration leaders.

Act as a technical consultant in areas of model development, analysis methodology, and the company’s philosophy and processes for component and system modeling for various platform teams across different business units.

Develop, evaluate, and improve different aftertreatment physics-based models.

Interact/ partner with all major catalyst suppliers for functional model development and delivery.

Train and support users of Cummins ’aftertreatment models and tools.

Implement modeling technology with direct impact on Analysis Led Design (ALD) for emission solution development programs.

Additional Skills:

M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with 3 years of relevant professional work experience.

Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with relevant doctoral research work.

Strong analytical ability in chemical reaction kinetics, catalysis, gas dynamics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics, demonstrated by applying engineering fundamentals to solve real-life engineering problems.

Engine exhaust aftertreatment knowledge.

Capability of efficiently applying one or more engineering simulation software, including AVL-BOOST, MATLAB/SIMULINK, AVL-FIRE is desirable.

Prior experience in working with fuel-cell and battery systems a plus.


Primary Location United States-Indiana-Columbus-US, IN, Columbus, Cummins Tech Center

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Feb 28, 2023, 1:00:00 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Corporate

Req ID: 230001RW