Automation Engineer


Associate, 1+ Years



Employment Type

Full Time


Clayton, NC



Job Description

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Job Description:

Your Future Starts Here

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure.  Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs.  Join us.

Building Construction products (BCP), within Construction Industries (CI), is looking for an experienced, passionate, and diverse engineer to develop automation controls.  This person will collaborate with key internal and external technology partners.   This job will be located at the Clayton Machine Development Center in Clayton, North Carolina.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Integrate autonomous software stack into machine controls 
  • Creatively deliver our automation roadmap for BCP products and services
  • Partner with dedicated customers who embrace the business proposition
  • Collaborate with Cat Robotics and other CI groups within Caterpillar to align roadmaps and plans
  • Work with third parties and internal providers that can help fulfill BCP’s expanded offerings
  • Drive development beyond traditional component levels that integrate with site solutions
  • On-machine development at Clayton Machine Development Center and at customer sites

  • Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computers
  • 3 years controls development
  • 2+ years model-based development with MATLAB SIMULINK
  • Experience with CAN/J1939 communication protocols
  • Some travel is required (< 10%)

  • Top candidates will also have:

  • Production software (C, C++, Python, Git/Ivy)
  • On-machine development
  • System Integration & Project Coordination
  • Machine performance
  • Remote Control
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Telematics (product link / vision link), learning algorithms, global positioning (satellite or cellular), local positioning (Inertial measurement unit), grade control
  • Innovation thought leader with high curiosity
  • Good Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position

    Employee benefit details

    Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

    Because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with a short-term incentive plan

    Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

    Final details

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    This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.  As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

    EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.


    Relocation is available for this position.

    EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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