Mechanical Design Engineer, Gearbox/Gear Train

Phoenix, Arizona


We’re currently on the lookout for a **Mechanical Design Engineer, Gearbox/Gear Train** to join the Powertrain engineering team. In this role you will lead analysis, design, validation and release of one or more of the following teams: * Gear train/transmission specification and design (number of gears, gear ratios, packaging) * E-machine (motor) integration (cooling, lubrication, electrical) * Durability/lifetime (gear design, bearing design, lubrication, shift mechanism design) * Structural (Gearbox mounting, isolation, vehicle/suspension loads, material selection) * Seals (shaft seals, gearbox case seals/gaskets, venting) **You Will:** * Collaborate with cross-functional teams, suppliers, manufacturing, testing, and validation teams on the complete life cycle of the project through product launch, and implementation of lessons learned on subsequent products (cradle-to-cradle responsibility) * Apply fundamental physics to lead progression of design maturity from initial concept, to product launch, to next concept * Generate and review 2D, 3D and analytical models * Lead definition of appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet function, quality and attribute requirements of the Vehicle Program * Lead development and validation of Vehicle/System Design Specifications incorporating company/industry/regulatory standards, test procedures and material specifications * Ensure system meets targets * Lead resolution of design, attribute or packaging incompatibilities through deep collaboration with cross-functional teams * Develop and maintain the Design Validation Plan and Report (DVP&R) including both in-house and supplier testing plans, and ensure sign-off tests are completed on schedule * Troubleshoot and resolve all validation issues * Support Purchasing team in sourcing and RFQ activities * Support vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical) **You Have:** * BSME, BSMET, BS Automotive Engineering or related degree * 6+ years automotive industry mechanical, design or product development experience * Excellent communications skills, demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels * Strong grasp of solid and fluid mechanics fundamentals * Proven experience in development of gear trains/transmissions and housings. * Working knowledge of GD&T, FMEA, DVP&R, DFSS, DFA, DFM, APQP, VAVE and problem resolution (8D, Ishikawa diagrams, etc.) * Engineering knowledge of defined requirements and validation of component(s) / system(s) design, function, performance, production & manufacturing requirements, testing and validation * Experience using CFD and FEA simulation tools along with CAD (CATIA V5/V6 preferred) * Familiarity with automotive fastening methods

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