R&D Engineer in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland at Altra Industrial Motion Corporate

Date Posted: 3/14/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), the R&D engineer’s role is to:
• Design & customize electric motors as part of the New Product Development activities
• Provide support to the operations team while moving to production phase,
• Support the product management team with detailed documentation,

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • New Product Development.

Electromagnetic analysis of motors resulting in full proposals for customized motors to our internal and external customers. Knowledge of design, including the use of FEA software.
Specification review and negotiation, communication of design intent to the customer, design conceptualization and in-depth design analysis.
Lead Design for Reliability activities related to proactive motor design including FMEA, cross functional design reviews and development of test plans and equipment.
Ensure design work is properly coordinated and documented per the project stages, and prototype processes.
Define and/or design, test equipment in laboratory as well as at production site for product validation.

  • Support to Production

Help operations with product and equipment troubleshooting, support failure analysis including discussion with customers and help resolve vendor quality issues.  Support new vendor qualification.  Travel to manufacturing site in Mumbai, India, as necessary.

  • Sales support

Develop and document detailed design requirements by, considering customer needs and creating a corresponding technical proposal taking into account technical constraints.
Work closely with Product Manager and sourcing to estimate new product cost.

  • Continuous improvement

Improve processes of the R&D department.
Provide the necessary support to the existing product ranges.

  • Travel

As required not to exceed 10%. International travel 1-2 times per year.

Job Requirements

Critical Competencies


  • Engineering degree in mechanical, electrical or electromagnetic engineering. 2 to 5 years of experience in the field of product development and project management would be an advantage,
  • Fluent in French and English (spoken and written).


Education and Experience Requirements


  • Using 3D design software (Solidworks preferred),
  • Knowledge in magnetism,
  • Knowledge in motor driving (driver, encoder),
  • Knowledge in design electromechanical systems-motors, generators,
  • AMDEC / FMEA analysis,
  • Organized and rigorous,
  • Able to follow a project plan with time and budget constraints,
  • Analytical skills, problem solving,
  • Good oral and written communication.