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Lead CAD Designer

Job Number:  41112
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


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

  • Supervise Designers and Design Leaders and assigns work packages
  • Complete performance review documentation and conduct annual performance reviews for design staff Assign to their team.
  • Help designers Develop concepts through to production, to ensure robust, cost sensitive design solutions
  • Work closely with the designers to develop and implement solid design concepts to meet the requirements defined in customer contract and implementing Magna’s design best practices
  • Review cad components and assemblies during design phase and complete design checklist. Communicating issues to Program team prior to TKO
  • Work closely with design team to ensure legal functional requirements, and manufacturing limitations are meet
  • Ensure the CAD deliverables are progressing along the expected timeline, and propose action plans should problems arise
  • Mentor designers to create and define robust, computer aided design files, consistent with Magna’s Standards, capable of enduring multiple design revisions quickly and efficiently
  • Mentor the designers assigned to their respective programs, helping them to develop their skills sets and experience
  • Create and maintain design standard parts library best practices gained from current experience
  • Teams with TIE for integrating new design systemic items
  • Supports TIE CAD specific projects – e.g. mass optimization, standardized structural execution development of design algorithms
  • Supports TIE for CAD / detailed dimension generation for use in Best Practice
  • Supports TIE for any other CAD related tasks, as required (e.g. feature development for rapid prototyping, mock-ups, etc)
  • Supports program design team in brainstorming and quick concept generation in CAD, as required

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Two or three years post-secondary school (university or Community college) (Engineering Field) or Associates in CAD preferred
  • 12 to 15 years’ experience preferred
  • Solid control of Parametric Free Form Surface and Solid modeling in 1-2 CAD packages such as Unigraphics/NX, or Catia
  • Understands and applies standard plastics geometries to ensure manufacturing controls (ie: Draft, Wall stock, Rads and Fillets) are incorporated
  • Can manage data transfers as required by our customer, utilizing the systems prescribed as trained/ presented.
  • Perform translation of data utilizing industry standard translation software as required cad Doctor preferred
  • Proven track record cascading design/best practice knowledge throughout organization

Additional Information

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, creative, innovative individual.
  • Team / Associate oriented skill set.
  • Demonstrates focus on meeting program commitments and enforcement of work plans where timing is not achieved.
  • Extremely detail oriented going above and beyond specific product design to include system interfaces.
  • Effective communication (written and verbal) with various departments within Autosystems.
  • Ability to effectively follow written and verbal direction on tasks to completion.
  • Experience in Microsoft Applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated understanding of Standard Drafting Practices and the ability to interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Basic understanding of manufacturing processes and techniques, such as Injection Molding, Coating systems, and Assembly techniques currently in use.
  • Reasoning Ability: Effective trouble shooting for a variety of different situations/issues effectively.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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