Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) Lead Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona (United States)


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

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We are on the lookout for a Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Lead Engineer that will drive and deliver the next generation of on and off-road vehicles. In this position, you will set and manage vehicle geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to ensure all systems work in harmony while achieving tolerance specifications. As Nikola’s GD&T Leader, you will have an impact on GD&T aspects of the project, harmonizing engineering disciplines and resolving technical issues encountered while achieving business objectives. Throughout this entire project, you will have hands-on experience and broad influence with our vehicles while disrupting the status quo as we secure a zero-emissions future. 

You will:

  • Definition and generation of GD&T specifications covering all Nikola vehicles
  • Support of vehicle integration, design reviews, and related documentation
  • Vehicle GD&T integration including understanding of design, analysis, validation, and development
  • Configuring and integrating GD&T vehicle systems with layout, packaging and assembly requirements
  • Applying industry - and experience-based standards and best practices to the design of Nikola vehicle portfolio
  • Utilize proven GD&T engineering principles to drive progress
  • Effectively collaborate with peers to drive progress and meet timelines
  • Work in plastics, structures, powertrain packaging, and vehicle assemblies
  • Work on an industry disruptive team changing how the roads, trails, and waterways are traveled

You bring:

  • A Mechanical Engineering degree and/or equivalent and relevant experience
  • 10+ years’ experience in mechanical engineering and Geometric Dimensioning/Tolerancing is required
  • Familiarity with product data management systems (PDM) and Catia V5/V6
  • Automotive and/or marine vehicles experience, FD&T or FT&A experience a plus
  • Self-awareness regarding how your work impacts others
  • A sense of pride in treating the company and its resources as they were your own.
  • Ten or more years of related GD&T experience in vehicle development and design.
  • Experience in CAD with DMU and Tolerance Simulation applications, FD&T/FD&T with Model-Based Definition is highly desirable. (Preference for Catia V5/V6 experience)
  • Working understanding of the concept creation and execution of GD&T required to evaluate and improve 'clean sheet' engineering/design
  • Experience and understanding of project timeline for vehicle design, engineering, and test and development programs
  • Experience taking existing vehicle GD&T subsystem components and determining acceptability to new program requirements
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing and quality assurance topics
  • MS Office proficiency with strong Excel skills and intermediate Internet skills
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders and integrate an overall vehicle GD&T solution
  • Launch experience highly desirable

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. 
This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.

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