CNH Industrial

Automation Planning Engineer

Location US-IL-Burr Ridge
Position Type


CNH Industrial is a global leader in industrial goods. We provide farmers with cutting-edge technologies to help them feed a growing world population and we assist in building and rebuilding cities and infrastructures, all with future-proof powertrain solutions. With our Case IH, New Holland Agriculture, Case and New Holland Construction, and FPT Industrial brands, and comprehensive solutions for financing and aftermarket services, we’re driven to meet the needs of our customers.


The Automation Planning Engineer will be responsible for developing algorithms that generate machine path plans and action points that run in real-time on embedded platforms, and off-line on the cloud/central computing systems. The successful applicant will be specifying, designing, and testing vehicle mission planning software per CNH Industrial coding standards.


  • Develop rules-based, reward/cost-based and hybrid algorithms
  • Modular software architecture designs and software commonality for re-use where possible
  • Stay up to date on planning & optimization technology developments and advancements as they apply to the technologies that we will use and help in the development of future concepts in the mission planning field
  • Responsible for the software development lifecycle activities using programming skills (e.g. C/C++/Python for off-line targets and C/C++/Matlab Simulink for embedded targets)
  • Develop path/motion/action planning algorithms and decision structures for autonomous driving in off-highway applications
  • Contribute to requirements definition, concept designs, and employ analytical design methods in pursuit of functional/performance improvements according to planned course of action consistent with project/product objectives
  • Responsible for the quality, reliability, and efficiency of engineering outputs, including testing, validation, verification and developing corrective procedures when necessary
  • Maintain an awareness of research, industry trends and developments in the field of mission (path and action point) planning
  • Ensure innovations and intellectual property are captured, which will advance acceptance of CNH product/systems
  • Develop technical expertise and liaise with other functions to resolve problems and recommend design alternatives
  • Keep informed of engineering and agricultural and construction equipment technological developments, and evolving field practices through field contacts, attending meetings and maintaining membership in technical societies
  • Communicate timely and effective status to management and platforms
  • Ensure optimal use of virtual and physical validation methods to meet design performance and reliability requirements (including development of unit/regression tests for evaluation/validation of planning solutions)
  • Work collaboratively with marketing, engineering, and customers to create and validate specifications for systems that meet or exceed customers' expectations
  • Coordinate with outside resources as needed. Provide detailed descriptions of work required and monitor progress to keep projects within budget and on schedule
  • Effectively communicates with other groups to ensure system requirements compatibility



  • Master’s degree in engineering or mathematics with emphasis in planning systems and/or optimisation theory
  • Minimum of 3 years industry experience in development of trajectory/motion/path planning for vehicles and/or robots (e.g. using clothoids, A*, D*, RRT, etc.)



  • PhD. degree in an engineering or mathematics discipline with emphasis in planning systems and/or optimisation theory
  • General knowledge of basic Ag machinery &/or off-road vehicle kinematics, design and operation
  • Industry knowledge in precision farming applications, agronomic practices and general farm machinery operation
  • Experience developing and/or working with kinematic models of machines/robots
  • Extensive experience in programming C/C++ and Python
  • Proficient with Matlab/Mathworks tools
  • Proficient knowledge of statistics, probabilistic modelling and liner algebra
  • Proven ability to drive projects to completion
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Must have the ability to travel approximately 10%
  • Ability to define clear objectives and deliverables
  • Ability to work with a cross-functional team and communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, outside suppliers, and management


CNH Industrial is an equal opportunity employer. This company considers candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Applicants can learn more about their rights by viewing the federal "EEO is the Law" poster and its supplement here


CNH Industrial participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. You can view additional information here.


If you need reasonable accommodation with the application process, please call 1-800-889-4422 option 1 and then option 5, or contact us at


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