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CAE Technical Specialist

Job Number:  30443
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MI, US, 48170




Job Number: 30443 
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


  • Conduct CAE analyses such as vibration, modal, thermal, and other studies as required to support product development
  • Perform necessary analysis support such as meshing and any other model preparation where appropriate
  • Assignments may include programs with new customers, the introduction of new technology
  • Work closely with Product Development, New Technology and Program Management Teams to ensure milestone attainment to customer expectations
  • Provide robust design methods to minimize prior failure modes, and when necessary provides technical leadership/direction to resolve issues
  • Develop and enforce design standards driving cost advantages to BOM Standards
  • Maintain lessons learned database and ensure Product Engineers and Designers follow
  • Consults with engineering personnel/management to provide recommendations for the improvement of existing products and processes
  • Maintains affiliations with appropriate professional and technical groups
  • Supports critical design reviews. Align product designs to manufacturing capabilities and escalate if alignment to customer expectations is not present
  • Plans and facilitates correlation testing as required. Records, analyzes, and reports data to appropriate engineering groups
  • Provide on-going feedback to CAE staff as it relates to performance against expectations (positive and/or improvement opportunities)
  • Conducts effective and efficient technical presentations, which may involve design, engineering, internal/external customers, suppliers, etc.
  • Assists Product Engineers with SOR's, material selection, test plans
  • Knowledge and execution experience as it relates to APQP,  PPAP,  FMEA
  • Ability to build relationships with the Product Development teams and the customer
  • Ability to drive accountability to Product Engineers through structured requirements
  • Demonstrates focus on meeting program commitments and enforcement of work plans where timing is not achieved
  • Commitment to company goals and objectives
  • Supportive of organization's growth efforts

Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5+ years in an automotive engineering environment with progressive advancement earned in terms of knowledge and responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in an integrated product development team
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mechanical engineering fundamentals (e.g. engineering thermodynamics, fluids and mechanics)
  • Understanding of DFMEA, DVP&R, DOE, DFM
  • Knowledge and competency in CAE tools such as Hyperworks, ABAQUS, NASTRAN, StarCCCM+, nCODE
  • Experience with diagnosing and solving thermal and vibration problems using experimental and analytical resources

Special Skills / Personal Attributes


  • Identifies needs for software and hardware tools to accomplish objectives
  • Support the lighting design and development activities through careful analysis and recommendations
  • Support the material library for commonly used materials
  • Utilize current procedures, regulations, and customer and industry requirements to conduct CAE Analysis
  • Ability to work with staff at remote locations and track progress against established project timelines and milestones
  • Effective communicator with exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Productive mentor for Engineering staff
  • Possesses continuous improvement mentality with regards to product development, analysis, methodology, etc.
  • Independently seeks to implement solutions that facilitate a more effective design process, such as design guidelines
  • Is proactive in the development and implementation of new methods and analyses to minimize design changes required
  • Independently formulates and implements cost savings to product and process

Physical Demands


Physical Demands – Normal amount of sitting and standing; 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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