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RFQ Hardware Engineer

Job Number:  41060
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.


Role Summary

The RFQ Hardware Engineer will develop and implement hardware systems for new customer RFQ's. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop concepts for new RFQs to be submitted to customers
  • Work closely with the Sales Team, Buyers, TIEs, PEs, Optics Team and CAD Designer to develop and implement solid design concepts to meet the requirements defined in customer contract
  • Work closely with the Feasibility Engineer to develop and implement feasible electrical concepts to meet the requirements defined in customer contract.
  • Focus on the Proof of Concept planning with the Product Engineer, to understand and limit the risk of design solutions with respect to part electronic design. 
  • Ensure the HW deliverables are progressing along the expected timeline, and propose action plans should problems arise. 
  • Create and define robust, hardware schematics files, consistent with Autosystems Standards, capable of enduring multiple design revisions quickly and efficiently.  
  • Provide proof of concept activity for quoting activities
  • Perform benchmarking activities to help increase our knowledge of optical, mechanical and electrical strategies being utilized by competitors
  • Work with TIEs to develop new practices based upon the benchmarking activities performed
  • When possible (pending work load), can aid the VA/VE in identifying cost savings ideas

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Electrical Engineering or related field)
  • 5+ years of automotive lighting experience
  • Experience with Altium required
  • Product design experience in doing block diagrams, EE schematics and layouts required
  • Experience in an Integrated Product Development Team
  • Experience with LED development, Electronic development and Optical development
  • Familiarity with problem solving methods (Red X, Six Sigma, 8D, etc.…)
  • Proven ability to create and execute project plans that achieve defined expectations within budgetary constraints
  • Must understand Magna’s internal quoting process
  • Experience with Benchmarking

Additional Information


  • The ability to develop and maintain Program Status Reports (Program Management Templates) and use reports as a Management Tool for performance monitoring against Customer (internal / external) expectations
  • Transparency in communications with the understanding to escalate when appropriate for assistance in resolution
  • A continuous improvement mentality and the ability to apply this personal capability and knowledge to the companies processes, products, and associates (mentoring)
  • Understanding of worldwide photometric performance requirements, analysis techniques, and qualification methodology
  • Able to conceptualize and execute creative and unique solutions to technical challenges
  • A continuous improvement mentality
  • Regular communication and interactions with product design teams (current and new business opportunities)
  • Ability to work with remote locations and track progress against established project timelines and milestones
  • Effective verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally and internationally (as needed)



  • Understanding of automotive lighting design principles
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
  • Concept engineering
  • Review and analysis of data from capability studies
  • Print tolerancing and GD&T


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.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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