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Sr Exterior Design Engineer
Detroit Metro Area
JN -042021-117180

Catapult Solutions Group is currently qualifying candidates for a Sr Exterior Design Engineer opportunity with one of the nation's leading automotive manufacturers. This is a contract opportunity that has potential to be permanent. The Sr Exterior Design Engineer position is on-site and located outside of Detroit, MI. The Sr Exterior Design Engineer will be the product design release Engineer for Exterior Trim systems including Front Fascia & Rear Bumper, Badges, Grilles, Charge Port Door System, Seals, and Wheel Liners.

Regular Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, design, engineer, release, develop, and launch exterior systems components; develop and execute system requirements.
  • Work with Design team in setting design direction and leading development of Exterior Systems.
  • Develop targets for investment (engineering and tooling) and parts costs and functional specifications.
  • Assure all supplier formability, manufacturing readiness, assembly processing and countermeasure plans are included early in the engineering development phase.
  • Track Body Exteriors Open Issues and lead open issue meetings as required.
  • Develop, track and update vehicle level specifications for Exterior such as gaps, flush and parallelism.
  • Plan for parts timing alignment with overall program timing plan and mitigation strategies as appropriate.
  • CAD Experience (CATIA V5 and Teamcenter PLM Integration).
  • Validation and testing experience (DVP&R/DFMEA).
  • Create tradeoff proposals for Studio and Engineering. Suggest low-cost material alternatives.
  • Willingness to travel to supplier, support in plant trials and assembly plant during launch.
  • Coordinate/develop criteria sections with integrated safety counter-measure features included. 
  • Track Exteriors Open Issues via FA issue tracking process. 
  • Drive communication/closure of issues.
  • Improve exterior quality, cost, and manufacturability.
  • Communicate issues to studio and suppliers.
  • Report & escalate major issues immediately to Exterior Engineering Supervisor. 
  • Assure Budget, Timing, Weight and Quality intent is achieved. 
  • Represent immediate Exterior Supervisor/Manager as required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 8+ Years: Exterior Design Release Engineering experience.
  • 8+ Plus Years: Component Design/Engineering/Releasing Development.
  • Engineering Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Passion for cutting edge product design in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with autoclave process, molding processes, Steel and Aluminum forming.
  • CATIA V5 Cursory Experience Required, Expert Knowledge Preferred.
  • Problem solving experience where issues are unusual and difficult.
  • Previous OEM and automotive experience preferred.
  • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred.
  • Dimensional Management and understanding of GD&T required.
  • Experience Benchmarking engineering technologies and applying those into the design activities as appropriate.
  • Experience in developing (Typical Sections) required. 
  • Experience with Class A surface development a plus.
  • Experience with regulatory requirements preferred.
  • High level of oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated technical and professional skills with the following: injection molded components, composites, blow molded components, extrusions, metal stampings, or metallic subassemblies.