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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Design Engineer

Country/Region:  US

Gray Court, SC, US

Req ID 61239 | Gray Court, United States


ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. The company is also a leading technology supplier for electrified drivelines. We utilize our competence in the design of electric motors, power electronics and differentials over a wide range of applications. From micromobility drives with 500 watts to powerful 250 kilowatt-units for buses – we electrify everything. To stay tuned to first-hand insights and latest developments around e-mobility, simply follow this page.


Position Summary: The Design Engineer supports internal and external customers for all design-related topics. They are responsible for executing and ensuring the on-time development of reliable transmission applications, manufacturability of new or modified products, meeting customer specifications, and maintaining company standards. In addition, they support internal departments with business development, capacity, and continuity. 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Support customer(s) with all design-related topics (e.g. license support, quality issues, cost-down workshops).
  • Perform/direct all necessary calculation/design studies to define a functional transmission application.
  • Define, design, and release modifications to parts and customer-specific parts for existing base transmissions with guidance from more senior engineers. 
  • Support the management of design-related timelines to ensure on-time delivery of transmission design documentation.
  • Check customer specifications for completeness/feasibility and ensure implementation.
  • Follow the design procedures and specifications established by division R&D.
  • Execute the on-time delivery of new and updated drawings and bills of material (BOMs).
  • Support System and Design FMEA with the engineering quality department.
  • Perform design engineering and related analysis as required to support internal and external customers and support internal departments in obtaining customer approval for design changes and deviations.
  • Support calibration, controls, prototyping, component, transmission testing, and vehicle launch activities.
  • Work with customers, suppliers and internal departments, such as sales, purchasing and quality, on design topics (i.e. definition of specifications, input for calculations, technical release of deviations, etc.).
  • Work with ZF Global R&D and other engineering teams (program management, test, plant and resident).
  • Ensure completion of all 8-Ds for design-development issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical preferred)
  • 1+ years of engineering experience in applications engineering or product design/development or in a manufacturing environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently manage multiple responsibilities (i.e. self-starter, self-motivated)
  • Ability/willingness to travel (up to 10%)


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering
  • Experience within a powertrain development and/or manufacturing environment (specifically within a powertrain and/or automotive context)
  • Knowledge of 5S and Six Sigma problem-solving methodology
  • TS16949 awareness training
  • Experience in Automotive industry
  • Spanish and/or German Language Skills



What We Offer:

  • A supportive collaborative team environment
  • Annual Incentive Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401k Plan
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Paid Holidays
  • A Hybrid Work Schedule (2 days remote/3 days onsite)
  • Tuition reimbursement for educational advancement
  • A strong diversity culture
  • Supportive Employee Groups and community outreach activities


Be part of our ZF team as Design Engineer and apply now!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice. 

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility. 

Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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