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Senior Optical Design Engineer

Job Number:  30442
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MI, US, 48170




Job Number: 30442 
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


  • Design and development of new products, features and/or systems that integrates Lighting Technology into current and future OEM programs to ensure successful launches.
  • Investigate, develop and prototype new lighting concepts, processes and applications that will raise the company’s competitive position with the intent of commercializing the technology
  • Undertake engineering studies of new optical technologies applicable to automotive.
  • Research through paper, internet, seminars or any practical means
  • Determine regulatory framework applicable
  • Educate co-workers on developed technologies
  • Oversee or perform design work needed to build operational prototypes
  • Develop and implement best practices and lessons learned,
  • Identify, budget, and procure required test equipment
  • Efficiently design optical solutions with accurate performance and lit appearance simulated.
  • Benchmarks cutting edge optical simulation software
  • Incorporates industry regulations into sub-systems and full vehicle systems relative to development projects.
  • Interfaces with Material Suppliers to establish advanced material(s) direction for the design and development of current and future products.
  • Sketches concept ideas in order to facilitate and direct designers and support engineers on new product developments.
  • Proficient in ASAP, Lucidshape, LightTools, Speos-Optis or other Lighting Optical development software
  • Leads and Mentors junior and mid-level Optical Engineers
  • Directs prototype mock-ups in tooling and fabrication to ensure accuracy.
  • Creates development DVP&R. Ensures the completion of critical testing to complete EV/DV’s as required.
  • Supports/Develops Project Costs and Timing Constraints.
  • Completes and maintains electronic and hardcopy development project books.
  • Maintains awareness of current industry trends.
  • Participates in periodic Technology Design Reviews.
  • Identifies and Pursues new product concepts for development through Benchmarking activities.
  • Assists in the protection and execution of intellectual property. (i.e. Patent Searches, Patent Disclosures)
  • Provides ongoing technical support/direction throughout product life cycle to Platform Application Groups
  • Perform other duties as required

Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • B.S. Degree in Engineering, four year degree, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years directly applicable experience in optical design, product design, testing, and analysis, supervisory experience a plus.
  • Familiarity with light manufacturing processes
  • Hands on mechanical capability
  • Advanced computer experience including Catia, LucidShape, ASAP, and MS Office.
  • Advanced mathematics

Special Skills / Personal Attributes


  • Demonstrated leader in knowledge and experience of the execution of automotive lighting optical systems
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Able to communicate and negotiate with internal and external customers very well both verbally and in writing.
  • Mechanical and optical design
  • Works well independently or in a team
  • Able to travel and manage flexible work schedule requirements.
  • Understands product manufacturing and costing processes
  • Independently manage assigned projects for cost and timing
  • Good time/resource planning skills
  • Good technical presentation skills

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 

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