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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.

Simulation Engineer (CAE)

Country/Region:  US

Livonia, MI, US, 48150

Req ID 59843 | Livonia Tech II, United States

We are looking for a new colleague in our Research and Development Department at our location in Livonia, MI! The Active Safety Division of ZF North America offers application specific solutions for a variety of different automotive braking, brake control, and steering products. Continued growth in our Livonia, MI office has created an opportunity for an experienced professional to join our CAE (Simulation) Team supporting braking applications. 



  • Conduct MBD & FEA CAE simulations of Brake systems to evaluate design performance against known thermal, structural, NVH, fatigue, and related engineering targets and specifications.
  • Participate in root cause investigations using CAE and NVH studies to identify and implement improvements and resolve issues.
  • Improve system designs by numerical optimization and robustness investigation using parametric models.
  • Correlate simulated results to physical tests using Operating Deflection Shape (ODS) and Frequency Response Function (FRF) measurement, which includes model, boundary conditions, material property, and load updates to achieve validated CAE NVH/Structural models (1D and 3D).
  • Develop and maintain timing of CAE and system simulation tasks to support program milestones.
  • Perform basic computational engineering analyses (structural, thermal, performance, etc.) of brake systems.
  • Develop new analysis/simulation processes and techniques to support new customer requirements.
  • Participate in product testing (ODS and FRF) to validate and correlate simulation results.
  • Use CAE to investigate and evaluate new design and product technologies.
  • Support product development projects related to customer concerns and cost reductions.
  • Draw conclusions from analyses performed and write formal reports.
  • Prepare and give presentations on analyses performed.
  • Identify new simulation software, procedures and process and possible applications to brake system design and development.
  • Participate in the global CAE community to develop new CAE analysis tools and standards.
  • Work closely with offshore BCL colleagues to develop models and run analyses. 



  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 3-5 years progressive CAE / product simulation experience
  • 1 to 5 years of CAE experience with codes such as Adams (or other MBD software), Nastran, Abaqus, ANSYS, HyperMesh.
  • Familiar with 3D CAD solid modeling codes such as: CATIA, NX, Pro/E, Solid Works.


What We Offer

A supportive collaborative team environment; Annual Incentive Plan; Hybrid work environment; Paid Vacation; Personal Time; 401k Plan; Health Care Benefits; Paid Holidays; Tuition reimbursement for educational advancement; A strong diversity culture; Supportive Employee Groups and community outreach activities

Join a fast moving, fast learning, cross functional agile development team and apply now!


Be part of our ZF team as Simulation Engineer (CAE) and apply now!


Bethany Vijayakumar


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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Nearest Major Market: Livonia
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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