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Senior Thermal Systems Engineer


Milwaukee, WI 53204

Date:  Jul 28, 2023

Req ID:  27044

Onsite or Remote:  Hybrid Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

The Senior Thermal Systems Engineer at Komatsu Mining will collaborate with various design teams within Komatsu to determine HVAC changes required to keep up with development of new regulations; provide design standards and develop standard validation tests with pass fail criteria, recommending selected design approaches and support R&D groups as implemented.  Provide ongoing support to sustain these new HVAC designs through their useful product cycle.

Key Job Responsibilities

Senior Thermal Systems Engineer Responsibilities:

  • Understand thermal management, refrigeration capacities, and HVAC design characteristics and principles.
  • Selection of compressors, coils, expansion valves, fans, and other HVAC components to meet the challenges encountered in the mobile vehicle and mining equipment market (managing things like heavy vibration, dust, corrosion, extreme weather and 24/7 operation).
  • Work with OE product groups to develop integrated and reliable HVAC Solutions to meet Marketing specifications.
  • Facilitate the redesign of HVAC systems for new non-ozone depleting refrigerants; understand the EPA’s SNAP (significant new alternatives program) refrigerant alternatives, then influence and manage Komatsu’s approach to these changes.
  • Understand and manage risks and rewards associated with these changes and be able to communicate this to a broad base within the company.
  • Draft plans for these changes and provide leadership for execution of refrigerant change plans within a broad base in the company.
  • Designs detailing to be completed by offsite draftsman.
  • Attend and support Engineering Design Reviews, develop system maps outlining theory of operation and support DFMEA completion for various Komatsu R&D departments.
  • Collaborate with Aftermarket Support Team to determine HVAC requirements for HVAC retrofit installation kits that meet the new non-ozone depleting refrigerant regulations.
  • Collaborate with Komatsu Engineering & Product Development Teams in Milwaukee and around the world to support the integration of HVAC products into Komatsu Off-Highway and Mining Equipment Products.

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Additional Information:
Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.