Vanderlande North America

  • Simulation Engineer

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    Vanderlande's Systems Simulation Group in The Netherlands comprises enthusiastic, highly trained professionals who provide support to all the market segments and the large number of different processes within the Vanderlande organization ranging from sales to service and project execution to R&D. In the department, a large amount of energy is invested in the personal development of the simulation engineers to enable them to move up through the company in the course of their career. Vanderlande has begun development of a similar department at our North American headquarters  in Atlanta, Georgia. As a simulation engineer based in the Atlanta office you will be a part of both the Sales organization in North America as well as the Simulation Department in The Netherlands.


    You will start with an initial training at Vanderlande’s headquarters in the Netherlands for 2 months with a follow up visit later in the year for another 2 months. During this time, you will learn our simulation methodology, gain knowledge about our internal tooling, meet your simulation colleagues, and develop contacts in other departments.


    Once back in the Atlanta office you will be performing simulation studies together with your simulation colleagues  using 3-D simulation software (Automod) to analyze and solve complex logistic problems. You will also support in creating more awareness in the Atlanta office about the purpose and benefits of simulation, and as soon as further growth to the department is necessary, you will help to hire and train more Simulation engineers.






    As a logistic simulation engineer, you conduct studies of the dynamic interaction in - and the logistics performance of - the complex material handling systems sold by Vanderlande. You use 3-D simulation software (Automod) to analyse and solve complex logistic problems. With your analytical skills and proactive attitude, you optimize the system and identify improvements prior to system installation on site at the customer's business location. You will develop conceptual improvements to control strategies and provide customers with tailored advice by thinking creatively when developing your simulation model. After you have gained more experience, your communication skills will enable you to act as a link between the different disciplines involved when working on larger projects.






    • Conduct studies of the performance of complex material handling systems sold by Vanderlande.
    • Conduct data and flow analyses of system designs to improve performance.
    • Develop simulation models of proposed systems using Automod simulation software to analyze dynamic interactions within these systems.
    • Develop, program, and optimize project specific control algorithms to maximize system performance.
    • Develop, program, and utilize a standard library of common components to reduce our simulation lead times.
    • Provide customers with tailored advice by thinking creatively about controls strategy improvements.
    • Work with diverse project teams to ensure solutions reach stated performance, while  functioning as a link between different disciplines in the larger projects.
    • Expand knowledge of simulation within the North American headquarters .



    Basic Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics or another technical subject with at least 2-3 years of relevant working experience in a technical field (preferably logistics) OR Master’s Degree in a similar study. (Internships and co-ops will be considered)
    • Must be willing and able to travel to the Netherlands for initial training twice for 2 months each.



    • Knowledge of and affinity for programming.
    • Excellent communication skills and a proactive attitude.Experience with Automod, VBA, MATLAB, C, or Java considered a plus.
    • Knowledge of quantitative analysis techniques, simulation, and flow analysis.




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