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Design Engineer

Location: 

Northville, MI, US, 48168

Req ID 20562 | Northville, United States

  


Position Summary: The Product Design Engineer-II is responsible for the advanced design, engineering, and development of ZF Electronic Mechanics components and assemblies, and ensures that new or modified products can be manufactured, are cost-effective, meet customer specifications and maintain company standards. An emphasis is placed on providing support for current series production programs.


Position Responsibilities: 

  • Create and maintain CAD and engineering data / documents on an advanced level
  • Participate in all stages of product design, development, and documentation (concept through manufacturing) for new and current electronic mechanics products and components. 
  • Provide active involvement with electronic mechanics design and development activities between the customer, supplier and ZF internal departments.
  • Maintain the design integrity of one or more existing product designs.
  • Participate in the coordination, execution, scheduling, and control of projects to achieve cost, manufacturability, and design requirements by creating / utilizing engineering tools and documentation (BOM, DVPR, FMEA, Control Plans etc.)
  • Take actions necessary to develop alternatives to problems and/or schedule delays; resolve problems with customers and internal departments, as well as recommend ways to recover project time lost.
  • Participate in formulating the engineering strategy on estimating the cost of product designs and applications.  
  • Document ideas for purposes of patent protection and provide product information for patent documentation purposes.
  • Use and recommend analytical studies of motion, stress, forces, and tolerance stack up to assure product function and reliability (e.g. FMEA). 
  • Support and complete release activities and processes of engineering documents.
  • Initiate and monitor the assembly of prototypes and resolve design problems and document changes.
  • Ensure that an approved detailed drawing package is provided of final product design.
  • Investigate new technologies in the industry and consult with suppliers to obtain latest technology information.
  • Perform benchmark analyses on ZF electronic mechanics products compared to competitor products and assess value-add of components and design features.
  • Participate in continuous improvement programs and provide support to team efforts.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expand professional networks.
  • Comply with all IATF 16949 policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • 3 years minimum of engineering experience in product design/development (internship/co-op included)
  • Experience with the use of molded plastics and electronics (HW/SW) packaging
  • Advanced use of GD&T
  • Able to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities (i.e. self-starter, self-motivated)
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Basic knowledge of Functional Safety Standard: ISO-26262.
  • Proficient with 2D/3D CAD Software
  • Strong drive for teamwork with a customer-oriented approach to projects
  • Understanding of FEA methods (constraints, loading and results)
  • Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management
  • Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally (up to 5%)

 

Preferred Skills and experience:

  • Experience with CREO
  • Experience in hands-on development and troubleshooting
  • Experience with SAP and/or Axalant
  • Experience in the Automotive industry
  • Use of FEA software
  • Use of Kinematics software
  • German and/or Spanish language skills

 

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

 

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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.


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