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Sr. Product Engineer

Elkhart, IN
At CTS Corporation, we are at the forefront of technology, delivering innovative sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions to enable an intelligent, seamless world, and better tomorrow. We are a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators, and electronic components in a variety of markets from medical to automotive, with four global designer centers and nearly 3,500 employees. Leading the way takes more than talent: it takes great people who are passionate, creative, and collaborative. People who are innovators and maintain the highest standards in safety and quality. If this sounds like you, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to join our team.
We are rapidly expanding and have positions available in our two Chicago area Design Centers, Lisle, and Elkhart. Our Northern Indiana Elkhart Design Center has among the lowest cost of living in the nation with the option of suburban or urban living. Our Lisle Illinois Design Center on Chicago’s west side offers Suburban or Urban living. Both are close proximity to the nation’s leading universities and a short drive to downtown Chicago, opening up all the possibilities of world-class arts, entertainment, and professional sports.


Job/Position Summary

This position will provide new product development and project launch leadership, serve as a leader of a multi-disciplinary team and provide core technical support, ensure the cost timing and performance objectives are met for assigned projects and provide training to other engineers and technicians. This position will be for someone who can manage/lead technical execution, not spending most of the day designing at a CAD station.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead Engineering activities to support accelerator pedal module development and production launch while interfacing with global customers and suppliers.
  • Mechanical design using Solid Edge software, tolerance stack-up analyses, mathematical modelling of product function and performance, etc.
  • Leads benchmarking and analysis of competitive products/technologies.
  • Leads team to ensure product design and performance compliance with CTS, regulatory and customer specification. Develop internal performance specifications to support new product development.
  • Ensures adequate project and technical communications (e.g. meetings, oral reports, technical reports) with CTS personnel, management, suppliers and customers.
  • Manage technology development and integration into existing and new product/process opportunities.


  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of automotive industry procedures/systems, e.g., IATF-16949, APQP, FMEA, change control processes, etc.
  • Thorough understanding of cause and effect relationships that will provide the skill to identify and solve problems using tools such as FTA, 8-D, 5-why analysis, etc. 
  • DFMEA and/or DRBFM experience preferred.
  • Experience with Solid Edge or similar CAD program is preferred.
  • Self-motivated and results orientated, proactive with outstanding planning and follow up skills.
  • Capable of managing and prioritizing multiple projects/tasks.
  • Able to communicate and write effectively resulting in a clear understanding of the issues.
  • Ability to lead effective communication internally as well as with CTS customers and suppliers.
  • External customer management experience required.
  • Ability to use Microsoft office required.
  • Automotive Quality Standards experience required.
  • Familiarity with high volume production products preferred.
  • Familiarity with test and validation of products preferred.
  • Technical Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of Automotive experience highly preferred, 3 years required.
EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable. Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
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