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Senior Engineer - Lighting

Job Number:  45560
Group:  Magna Steyr
Division:  Magna Steyr USA Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 45560 
Group: Magna Steyr  
Division: Magna Steyr USA Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Description

Over 100 years of experience in vehicle production and a broad range of services make Magna Steyr the worldwide leading brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner for OEMs.  Our extensive range of services covers product groups Engineering Services - from systems and modules to complete vehicle engineering - and Complete Vehicle Manufacturing, where we offer World Class flexible solutions from niche to volume production. So far, Magna Steyr has produced more than 3.5 million vehicles - of 29 different models.


Magna Steyr is the ideal automotive contract manufacturer worldwide to produce vehicles with conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains – in some cases, all on the same production line. This further demonstrates the automotive supplier's experience in electrification and electromobility.


Magna Steyr is looking for talented and experienced team members in complete vehicle development who are determined and passionate about developing the next level industry standard for vehicle architectures and production solutions.   In the Lighting discipline, the Senior Engineer is responsible to lead the engineering activities relating to the design and development of the vehicle Lighting system.  This position has a high level of responsibility and visibility and will interface with OEMs, Magna divisions, global module group teams and Tier 2 suppliers.    


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  


  • Technical Responsibility 
  • Contribute to the Global Technical Area (GTA) strategy and growth of the engineering team 
  • Support Technical Area (TA) core competencies  
  • Support and contribute to knowledge base of internal and external best practices 
  • Lead benchmarking studies and contribute to the benchmark knowledgebase 
  • Propose and lead advanced development topics supporting the GTA 
  • Propose continuous improvement opportunities to level up team skills, qualifications, tools and processes 
  • Lead design proposals with set based engineering principles 
  • Lead designs with 6 Sigma design principles 
  • Support complex problem solving with cross functional teams 


Project Planning, Target Achievement, Monitoring & Reporting 

  • Employ technical expertise to lead the engineering development of one or more subsystems 
  • Support the project team(s) engineering in achieving project objectives, performance and cost requirements, and timing milestones 
  • Lead external support, services and resources supporting the project engineering development 
  • Support work development packages assigned to third parties 
  • Confirm OEM and magna project performance targets and assure the targets are achievable 
  • Confirm OEM and magna project cost and timing targets and assure the targets are achievable 
  • Support the Project Manager (PM) and contribute to the project resource planning, budget development, and status reporting  
  • Responsible for the release of Computer Aided Design (CAD) data into internal and external sites 
  • Responsible for the release of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), simulations and studies into internal or external sites 
  • Responsible for designs capable of meeting the serial production tact, First Time Quality (FTQ) and ergo targets 
  • Responsible for designs meeting the project performance and cost targets  
  • Responsible for designs meeting market region regulations, FMVSS, ECE, CNCA/GB, etc. 
  • Confirm the Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R) comprehends all project targets and is complete 
  • Confirm the project Design Failure Mode and Effects and Analysis (DFMEA) comprehends all product risks and product usage cases 


Project Related Interface  

  • Support and Promote Project and Operations Collaboration  
  • Lead global development touchpoint and milestone meetings  
  • Collaborate with Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) to assure production feasibility 
  • Collaborate with the Design Studio to assure product appearance harmony 
  • Collaborate with all cross functions to make complex decisions 
  • Collaborate with the Global Technical Area Head (GTAH) to assure concurrent best practice sharing 
  • Collaborate with the other project GTAs 


Employee Related Tasks 

  • Ensure cooperation with all areas within Engineering and request the required frame conditions 
  • Ensure cooperation with Project Management 
  • Ensure cooperation with all other groups within the area 
  • Secure knowledge of development tools within the group 
  • Ensure training of employees according to the required skills 
  • Cooperate with all Magna Steyr locations 
  • Escalate problems at the earliest time with the appropriate team members  



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or physical demands required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Must have a positive “can do” attitude 
  • Must be flexible and able to course correct paths according to priority alignment 


Education / Experience: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering   
  • 10+years Lighting development experience 
  • Experience in Complete Vehicle development and manufacture  
  • Experience supervising or managing technical personnel preferred 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience working with global teams 
  • Experience in launching a complete vehicle 
  • Experience in design release and testing of components and assemblies 
  • Experience in thermoplastic molding, Polycarbonate (PC) and 2K Molding  
  • Experience in bonding and adhesive selection 
  • Experience in welding thermoplastic materials, ultrasonic, laser, infrared and multi-material 
  • Experience in fastening, threaded fasteners, riveted fasteners, and clip retainers 
  • Experience in mold in color (MIC) exterior parts 
  • Experience in class “A” painting and metal corrosion protection  
  • Experience with multicolor lens molding, hard coating, anti-fog coating, painting and metallization 
  • Experience with front end and rear end of vehicle lighting   


Special Knowledge / Skills:  

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) 
  • Computer knowledge and skills in CAD and CAE simulation preferred 
  • Six Sigma certification preferred 


Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

  • Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer 
  • Position may require local, domestic and international travel – less than 15% domestic + international 

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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