Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Exterior Components

Phoenix, Arizona


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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 in the overall product plan, advanced engineering, certification requirements, financial business case studies, and defining targets to understand the high level and detailed level of component attributes. The role does center on component level engineering to achieve all functional and performance requirements using a system led engineering approach in the design and development at the core of the Nikola Development Process.

 You Will:

  • Take ownership in the Product definition, Design, Development, Component Release and Project Management of Exterior Components (claddings, glass and glazings, roof panels, exterior panels, bumper fascias, wiper systems, side mirrors, bumpers, fenders, structural brackets, FEM components) 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 the Exterior components, their cost, investment, tooling, and mass while maintaining the attributes and features as specified.
  • Create and manage function trees, 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.
  • 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, manufacturing 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:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree.
  • 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: Cradle to grave design and development experience of automotive components using 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 and manufacturing standards 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 effectively report to senior management and provide accurate information in a quick, clear and concise manner.

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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