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Ride Development Engineer III

Location: 

Northville, MI, US

Req ID 42126 | Northville, United States

The Ride Development Engineer III is responsible for the execution of internal and external ride development activities. Support and guide customers in the development process of chassis systems and in the tuning of adaptive shock absorbers on pre-production vehicles. Work with customer to analyze and identify the root cause of suspension related concerns.  Executes shock absorber development and ride development at a very high skill level.  Leads the industrialization process to release settings for serial production. 

 

 

Position Responsibilities:  

  • Responsible for coordinating ride work activities with customer, submitting ride work requests through Engineering Resource Manager, and coordinating all needed tools and components needed for tuning. 

  • Develop strong working relationships with customers conveying both professionalism and strong product knowledge. 

  • Determines required adjustments to hydraulic valve codes to achieve ride and handling targets established by the customer.  

  • Directs the efforts of support technicians when conducting ride work at customer locations and supports less-experienced ride engineers as needed. 

  • Assists the support technician in making the component changes required to achieve desired results. 

  • Maintains accurate change logs and evaluation notes during every step of the tuning process using the correct terminology. Organize information systematically and separately for each program. 

  • Completes pre- and post- tuning activities including issuing R01 (Engineering Report) after each ride tuning session, obtaining Customer sign off and effectively communicating customer expectations and tuning outcomes to project team. 

  • Releases hydraulic settings for production including creating valve BOMs and preparing the necessary documents for final valve codes, forces, and tolerances. 

  • Responsible for hydraulic function test results as part of the customer DV/PV testing including analyzing results, reviewing test specimens, and preparing test reports based on those results. 

  • Contributes to the continuous improvement of ride development processes programs in order to increase efficiency and consistency. 

  • Informs Engineering Resources Manager of all equipment and tool related issues so they can be resolved. 

  • Maintains equipment, ride kits, tools as well as a clean and organized workspace. 

  • Completes special assignments including the investigation of performance, valve durability, and noise issues. 

  • Provides professional and technical knowledge by workshops and informal training. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

 

Essential Skills and Experience

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering 

  • 8+ years of experience with strong functional/product knowledge, and ability to train others (internship/co-op included)  

  • Possesses good working knowledge of vehicle dynamics fundamentals for application to damper development. 

  • Ability to evaluate vehicle ride characteristics and associate them with product specific component changes. 

  • Understands function of latest ZF adaptive valve technology and is adept at execution of all types of ZF adaptive valve settings. 

  • Exhibits superior knowledge and execution of damper / ride development processes, both ZF internal processes and customer processes.  

  • Demonstrates proven skills in damper characterization and testing including damper industrialization and serial production support. 

  • Ability to use precision measuring devices including calipers, micrometers & dial indicators. 

  • Strong computer skills in PC based office software including MS Office products. 

  • Ability to operate Roehrig dynomometers and Sachs SP testers. 

  • Ability to troubleshoot computer, and equipment problems when working in remote customer locations. 

  • Ability and willingness to support ridework events up to 20 weeks per year, including ~10 weeks regionally and ~10 weeks remote/international. 

  • Ability and willingness to travel and work on an international basis for 2-3 week periods with little or no support.

  • Valid Driver’s License 

 

 

 

Be part of our ZF team as Ride Development Engineer III and apply now!

 

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENT: 


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. 

 

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Our Commitment to Diversity

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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