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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  R&D

Ottawa, KS, US

Principal System Engineer, Mechatronics & Automation

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.


Purpose of the position


The Principal System Engineer (PSE), Mechatronics & Automation is responsible for leading the design, verification, and validation of vehicle control systems to support our current and next generation of diesel and electrically driven Terminal Tractors (TT). This senior level engineer will demonstrate a broad understanding of systems and system-interactions across the product, and the ability to dig deeply into the technical details and fundamental physics to design a world-class controls system alongside our powertrain, pneumatics and hydraulics, cabin, and structural engineering teams.
The PSE will be involved in all phases of the development lifecycle: technology strategic planning, system architectures, design of subsystems, and sustaining of product designs.



  • Responsible for control system development for all product lines within the Terminal Tractor Business Line. Including but not limited to component selection, programming of electronic control modules, schematics, harnesses, interfaces with other components, etc..
  • Vehicle control system architecture and system topology
  • Verification and validation of vehicle  control system functions
  • Manage external resources performing development


What you will need to succeed:



  • Undergraduate degree in Electrical, Software, Electronics, or Controls Engineering required
  • Graduate degree in Engineering discipline preferred


  • 10+ years in experience preferred
  • Good skills in ECAD systems, Zuken E3 experience preferred
  • Experience with Danfoss +1 GUIDE or CoDeSys development environments preferred
  • Experience in C, C++ or with other IDE’s a plus
  • Experience with Atlassian Jira, Confluence 


  • Strong  aptitude toward control system logic, 7-layer OSI model, software development V model
  • Strong understanding of vehicle electrical system topologies
  • Strong understanding of CAN bus, Fieldbus, Isobus, and other control protocols
  • Understanding of safety rated controls development (ISO 26262, ISO 13849)
  • Theoretical and applied knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems related to mobile equipment preferred
  • Good organization skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Fluent in English both spoken and written
  • Good problem solving skills


Working together with:


Will be required to work closely with other TT RDE personnel, Project Managers, Sourcing & Production groups worldwide.


Interested to join?


If you are excited about this opportunity, please submit your application.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people. www.cargotec.com

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