Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Exterior Components

Phoenix, Arizona (United States)


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We are on the lookout for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Exterior Components to join our Cab engineering team. In this role, you will be an integral part of the Body Exteriors engineering team with the responsibility to design, develop, manage, and execute Exterior components. The position requires engagement with the overall product plan, advanced engineering, certification requirements, financial business case, and define targets to understand the high-level and detailed level of component features. The role then manages the component level engineering to achieve the functions, performance, and ensure a system led engineering approach to the design and development is at the core of the Nikola Development Process.

 You Will:

  • Product definition, Design, Development, Component Release and Project Management of Exterior Components (claddings, Glass and glazing, roof panels, exterior panels, Front fascias, wiper system, Side mirrors, bumpers, fenders, structural brackets, FEM features) to ensure an optimized design solution is identified to realize the Exteriors feature set targets.
  • Engage with all cross-functional engineering teams within the vehicle architecture/platform to design and optimize for the Exterior components, cost, investment, tooling, and mass while maintaining the attribute and features as specified
  • Create and manage function tree, specifications, DFMEA, DVP&R, TARA, and HARA analysis as required for each component-level design
  • Work with attribute teams, studio engineering, and certification to ensure all features are captured and executed
  • Engage with critical path timing for respective components to ensure all activity is aligned with the Nikola Design Process and can support the department responsible for delivery to achieve the component timeline and integration
  • Perform the design, development, planning, reporting, tracking, and execution of all  Exterior components assigned to you  to ensure on-time delivery of outputs
  • Ensure cross-functional alignment of the product plan, system part data and BoM structure to ensure accuracy always by working with the engineering team
  • Support the engineering, quality and purchasing teams to interact throughout the program and achieve a common delivery goal
  • Develop processes and standards supporting the Vehicle Systems team to ensure continuous improvement using tools/standards/design guides where required

You Have:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience within the trucking/automotive industry (ideally OEM or Tier 1) as a Body Exteriors Design / Release Engineer or equivalent
  • MUST HAVE: Design and development from cradle to grave of automotive component parts in CATIA V5/V6
  • Deep understanding of Body Exteriors both at the component level and at an overall system level.
  • Deep understanding of design rules, material characteristics of Injection molding/thermoforming class A and structural components
  • Technical experience within DFMEA, DVP&R, FMVSS, SAE and ISO Standards and Requirements Capture (ideally using Jama)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with a high level of integrity
  • Proven knowledge of automotive design and development processes to successfully develop and launch a vehicle into production
  • Good working knowledge of all aspects of vehicle development covering electrical, mechanical and dynamic systems
  • Ability to report to senior management and report accurate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong knowledge of injection molding/thermoforming  processes, manufacturing, and standards

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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