Design Release Engineer (Body Exterior)

at TTi Global
Location Pontiac, Michigan
Date Posted June 22, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


This is what you'll do:
• You will lead the Exteriors engineering team delivering on time and with the highest quality following processes while reporting directly to the Senior Project Manager and in a matrix organization to the function Director
• You will be responsible for the development and releasing of Body Exteriors content through a day-to-day management of a team of Design Release Engineers and System Engineers. Responsible for: component production release; creating CAD to support production design; manage testing, suppliers, CAD, contractors, and other development function; deliver to program milestones; support development and completion of all requirements for production; being the owner of a number of components across the vehicle you will own component cost, weight, and attribute delivery along with other functions.
• Production release responsibility of Body Exteriors content across the Body. Cradle to grave ownership.
• Lead collaborative development of Exteriors content including interface with body engineering, studio design, and customer experience teams
• Responsible for component release for Exteriors content throughout program lifecycle, including concept design, supplier engagement, BOM management, systems requirements, simulation analysis, prototyping builds, validation testing, and production support
• Supporting all supplier selection and development with heavy interface to purchasing and from supplier engagement
• Supporting the development of best practices for design and release engineering
• Developing and managing your part system, subsystem, and component information through the Enovia PLM to Catia V6 environment
• Be the first point for escalation for technical (and non) issues related to Exteriors and cross functional components
• Be a champion of good, fundamental design in the body system and across the vehicle
• You will support the development of the project requirements, DFMEA's, DVP's & any Functional Safety requirements through to sign-off by the relevant SME.

Job Requirements:
This is what you'll need:
• Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent skills and expertise are required
• Strong knowledge of an automotive design and development process, system requirements, and general engineering best practices
• Have 10 years' experience in first-hand delivery of Exteriors components as Design Release Engineer and have excellent understanding of processes, materials, design requirements
• You will be passionate about leading teams while delivering against challenging timelines and requirements
• You will be able to negotiate with the Design studio team and guide the team finding the best solution to any A class surface related problem
• Understanding of Exteriors component systems and the tradeoffs among design, package, function, and customer experience involved with these systems.
• CAD design & manufacturing process experience of body Exteriors content including but not limited to cladding, glazing, roof, wipers, mirrors, bumpers, fenders, FEM, lighting
• An eagerness to work cross-functionally in a dynamic environment where you are part of a team - specifically this means active brainstorming, working on components that are not part of the Exteriors system, and sharing models as required to support the changing needs of an evolving vehicle and work environment
• A strong understanding of the first-principle physics & requirements of Exteriors content - the loads, forces, and overall function of the system
• Familiarity with DFMEAs, DVPs and Functional Safety requirements
• A system approach to design and development with the desire and curiosity to strive for continuous improvement
• Develop a high level of technical competence within the in-house team in order to provide a significant and immediate DFM support to the design process without necessarily relying on suppliers
• Once suppliers are engaged, deliver prompt and accurate DFM input into the design process to achieve RFT releases and to avoid styling process delays
• Supporting all supplier selection and development with heavy interfaces to the purchasing and commercial team

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