Senior Chassis Structures Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


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We’re currently on the lookout for a Senior Chassis Structures Engineer to join the Chassis engineering team. In this role you will lead analysis, design, validation, and release of structures (Frames/Subframes, Links/Arms, Pedals, Couplings, Bolted Joints).

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 the 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
  • 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 the Purchasing team in sourcing and RFQ activities
  • Support vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical)
  • Strong CAD skills & experience, preferably CATIA 3DX, V5 & Solidworks
  • Proficient in GD&T per ASME Y14.5
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Exceptional engineering first principles understanding
  • Strong understanding of metals and their physical properties
  • FEA experience
  • Ability to interpret and incorporate FEA results into engineering design 
  • DFMEA & PFMEA experience
  • PPAP experience
  • DVP&R & vehicle testing experience
  • Strong verbal & written communication
  • Ability to take projects from idea to completion
  • Eagerness to learn & teach

You Have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, MET, Automotive Engineering or in a related field
  • 3+ years automotive industry mechanical, design, or product development experience
  • Strong grasp of solid mechanics fundamentals (fluid mechanics is a plus)
  • Proven experience in the development of at least one of chassis aggregates like suspension and dynamics, steering system, brakes, towing & recovery is required
  • 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 Multibody dynamics simulation experience
  • Familiarity with automotive fastening methods

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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