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Benchmark / Lab Tech

Job Number:  13154
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MI, US, 48170





Job Number: 13154 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Plymouth 



Group Description


The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.



Key Responsibilities


  • Under the guidance of Product /Resident/Integration engineers, builds models of lamps or subsystems and tests them. Models include:
  • Proof of concept lamp models for verifying designs that are still in development phase. These lamps are typically made of poured Urethane or SLAs and where necessary are fitted with plaques of production intent materials. Often, these lamps contain circuit boards that are modified from existing product or are populated from blank boards.
  • Verification models for improvements to lamps. These are lamps/components that are already off production tooling which are modified via mechanical, electrical or process modifications/additions. Typical improvements are in the fields of temperature, vibration, pressure, condensation, processing (molding, coating etc.) optical-electronics integration and manufacturability.
  • Best Practice models, where different variables are analyzed on lamps, components or processes to establish to most effective way of doing things.
  • Assists in building first production parts into design verification lamps and scrutinizes them for any potential design issues.
  • Builds electrical layouts/harnesses for customer electrical test bench requirements.
  • Assists Product / R&D engineers with the root cause investigations into field or test failures.
  • Supervises model shop and maintains it in high level of 5S and safety and replenishes consumable supplies.
  • Assists or leads in the physical correction of issues in pre-production builds.
  • Assists Product / R&D Engineers in general day to day duties.
  • May lead the design and construction (or outsourcing) of photometric and vibration test fixtures.
  • Perform teardown analysis of new technology lamps
  • Coordinate the Benchmark storage area and lab area.
  • Coordinate 3D printers and perform printing as needed.
  • Investigate New Lighting Trends and Technologies for Automotive Industry
  • Create Competitor and OEM Bios via Benchmarking
  • Be technical liaison for lighting trends
  • Assist with various tasks, as required
Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • Diploma in mechanical/manufacturing engineering technology and/or hands-on experience with creating mechanical/electrical systems, especially automotive related.
  • Hands-on experience working with plastics, sheet metal.
  • Hands-on experience populating printed circuit boards.
  • Experience in testing and report writing.
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD (especially Catia or UG).
  • Microsoft Office required.
  • PLC programming would be an asset.
Personal Attributes


  • Resourcefulness in coming up with tools, materials and methods for building faster/better/cheaper models .
  • Skilled in use of mechanical/electrical fabrication tools.
  • Applies engineering theory to practical problem solving.
  • Excellent time management skills, especially when tasked with conflicting deliverables.
  • Continually seeks knowledge relating to OEM Test requirements.
  • Effective verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Team Player


Physical Demands – Ability to move around an office environment and on the production floor; Ability to work at a computer workstation; Ability to bend, twist, lift, reach. Required to carry out job duties and responsibilities in a work environment that may include, but is not limited to, varying levels of noise and/or temperature. Ability to lift max. 50lbs periodically.

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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