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Design Engineer - Sr

Date: May 31, 2021

Location: Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48331

Company: North American Lighting

Job Summary

Plans, performs, and manages new lighting projects in accordance with the development schedule and budget established by the customer and the NAL launch team through the development of strategies, review and/or modification of project plans, and providing/reviewing design direction.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Plans, performs, and manages the design, development, and transfer to manufacturing of new programs from information provided by the customer — may require development of a number of concepts to achieve a final design direction
2. Investigates and procures all data required to develop designs, and uses best combination of preliminary information and contributing data to develop final designs
3. Develops complete design, which includes layouts with background information, detail drawings, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in accordance with SAE, MVSS1 08, EEC, ECE, customer, and technical requirements
4. Oversees customer and NAL driven project change management — via ECR’s, work requests, and customer change notices — and verifies that there is sufficient information to complete the requested task
5. Establishes and maintains DFMEA’s, DVP’s and design micro-schedules as required per company policies and procedures
6. Ensures product launch team meets design and development timing schedule, and prepares a monthly status report on designs, open issues, concerns, and/or problems regarding all assigned programs
7. Reviews all product drawings with designers and product launch team to ensure that all processes and tolerances are correct and achievable, manufacturing can process and build production design, and all customer requirements can still be met, including GD&T and SPC
8. Reviews drawings prior to going into checking department to ensure that drawings are complete and design intent is clearly represented
9. Ensures that all changes to customer and NAL drawings are complete and recorded by the designer, and that document control has a copy of all drawings and accompanying paperwork prior to sending the package out to the customer
10. Oversees the release of CAD model and drawings to the customer system, and ensures that the data release is achieved in an accurate and timely manner
11. Leads and/or participates in Design Review meetings for assigned projects — scheduled as needed
12. Follows NAL Design Standards and incorporates lessons learned on all products developed, including discussions with peers to anticipate problems
13. Works with the Engineering Analysis group to ensure that all aspects of design development have been reviewed and approved to meet all customer, company, and legal requirements
14. Ensures that design validation testing is performed, and that all changes resulting from any test failures are completed

15. Performs value analysis/value engineering throughout product development to save unnecessary cost,
and uses NAL standard parts and localized parts when possible
16. Maintains open communication with product launch team members to exchange information to enhanc e
the development of a design and to serve as technical liaison on all assigned projects
17. Maintains open communication with prototype shops, production shops, suppliers, and customers on any
issues throughout the development of a design
18. Performs as a “working leader”, and mentors the Design Engineering Staff and designers as may be
required, to assure that they have the skills and knowledge to perform their tasks
19. Assists the Manager or Supervisor - Design Engineering (as may be requested) in the daily function of
the department, and acts on their behalf in their absence.
20. Performs other duties as assigned



1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related discipline
2. 5+ years of engineering experience within the automotive industry
Experience with an automotive lighting manufacturer, or in the design of plastic parts is preferred
3. Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
a. Knowledge and understanding of plastic injected molded components and their associated tooling
b. Ability to organize, plan, and handle multiple priorities
c. Analytical and problem solving skills
d. Computer skills — proficient using standard business software (including MS Office)
e. Technical writing skills
f. Leadership and coaching skills
g. Written and verbal communications and presentation skills
h. Interpersonal skills — ability to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority and maintain professional demeanor in stressful, confrontational, and/or sensitive situations

Nearest Major Market: Detroit