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Caterpillar is the industry leader in heavy duty industrial autonomous earthmoving solutions and looking to grow on our journey as we continue to bring advanced solutions to meet our customer’s demanding needs. Tired of effortlessly solving your 17x17x17 Rubik’s cube? Millennium Prize Problems a little too easy? Our electro-hydraulic machine automation solutions stretch the boundaries of advanced engineering domains and incorporate some of the highest levels of functionally safe electrical architectures, ensuring the industry best level of quality and reliability for our customers while also maximizing your engineering prowess. Our team is focused on evolving the state of the art and bringing emerging automation & autonomy technology into the harsh production environment found on typical mining and construction jobsites. You will be joining an elite team with a startup feel, while also having the benefit of a vast network of experienced resources at your fingertips.

As the Localization & Mapping Architect, you’ll research, prototype, and bring to production algorithms that enable autonomous & semiautonomous systems to estimate their position and attitude absolutely but also relatively to terrain features, static or mobile equipment. That includes building suitable environment representation for dynamic environments in a distributed manner, implementing filters using perception-based, inertial, and GNSS inputs. We’re looking for a primarily hands-on engineer, who’s capable of taking real-world problems, turning them into well-defined projects, surveying and selecting the right approach, developing quick prototypes & bringing them to production. The Architect will work with senior level technology strategists, mentor junior engineers and have design input to current and future technologies and strategies. You will also have input on how to build the team and help lead them as the technology evolves over time.

Job Duties

Take responsibility for the overall planning, execution, and success of complex technical projects to deliver on localization and mapping routines to achieve autonomy objectives.

Define and manage system requirements, interfaces, and high-level architecture decisions and tradeoffs for the localization architecture.

Work with functional safety team to manage safety case development and validation process

Provide the team with technical leadership and contribute technically to projects

Collaborate with product team, other engineering leaders, and key stakeholders to lead the team to execute on goals

Use your experience to advise and improve on development process and practices

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in an accredited Engineering or Computer Science curriculum with 15+ years of proven excellence in a field for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous systems.

Or an advanced degree (i.e., Masters, PhD) in an Engineering or Computer Science related field with 10+ years or proven excellence in a field for Autonomous or Semi-Autonomous systems

Top Candidates will also have

Strong understanding of software engineering principles and processes along with the ability to apply this knowledge to execute projects and optimize development strategies, including experience with SLAM type approaches, map creation and map management as applied to localization applications, and utilization of graph optimization libraries and spatial data structures

Knowledge of robotics and frameworks such as ROS

Fluency in Python, excellency in C++, strong engineering practices, debugging/profiling skills.

Ability to survey literature for ideas and convert research papers into production implementation.

Strong foundation in mathematics and fundamentals (3D geometry, linear algebra, Kalman/particle filters)

Proven track record of leading and delivering complex technical projects with multi-disciplinary teams

Additional Information

The location for this position is Pittsburgh PA, Mossville IL, or San Francisco CA

Domestic relocation assistance is available for this position. There are no global relocation or packages offered for this role.

This position may require less than 10% travel

Visa sponsorship 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.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance.  We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

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

Final details

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