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Senior Designer

Job Number:  32233
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MI, US, 48170




Job Number: 32233 
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


  • Develop concepts through to production, to ensure robust, cost sensitive design solutions
  • Provide the main design resource or point of contact for a Product during the Product Development Cycle through to Production Manufacturing
  • Work closely with the Product Engineer to develop and implement solid design 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 performance and manufacturability
  • Perform complex vehicle level packaging studies, balancing physical space limitations, legal functional requirements, and manufacturing limitations
  • Ensure the CAD deliverables are progressing along the expected timeline, and propose action plans should problems arise
  • Define CAD files which communicate design intent from a singular component to a multi-component assembly
  • Create and define robust, computer aided design files, consistent with Autosystems Standards, capable of enduring multiple design revisions quickly and efficiently
  • Maintain and revise our design responsible, computer aided design files within our Customer’s data management system
  • Support data translation at the request of our Supply base to facilitate tool builds and concurrent design activity in CAD packages, other than that used by Autosystems
  • Work with Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Control as a main point of contact for design and geometric related issues
  • Determine and communicate dimensional measurement plans to ensure molded parts meet design intent.
  • Work with Purchasing to help source new purchased components and collect the related engineering documentation
  • Provide CAD models/drawings and proof of concept activity to facilitate VA/VE initiatives
  • Peer 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
  • Maintain and update design checklist

Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • Two or three years post-secondary school (university or Community college) (Engineering Field) or Associates in CAD
  • 5-7 years’ experience
  • Solid control of Parametric Free Form Surface and Solid modeling in 1-2 CAD packages such as Unigraphics/NX, IDEAS 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

Personal Attributes / Additional Information


  • Effective communication (written and verbal) with the customer, suppliers, and various departments within Autosystems
  • Organization of records, time, priority setting, deadlines
  • Self-motivated, high level of initiative and creativity
  • Able to work independently and follow tasks through to completion
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metrology, material properties and manufacturing processes and limitations
  • Demonstrated understanding of Standard Drafting Practices and the ability to define and interpret the principles of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Comprehensive understanding of Autosystems manufacturing processes and techniques, such as Injection Molding, Coating systems, and Assembly techniques currently in use
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BOM assemblies, extensions, LED lamps, A Surfacing, and reflectors and front-end modules
  • Experience with CAD consulting and CAE
  • Mathematical Skills: Aptitude for working with numbers with a high degree of accuracy
  • Reasoning Ability: Effective trouble shooting for a variety of different situations/issues effectively

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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