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Design Engineer II

Farmington Hills, MI

Design Engineer - II


Farmington Hills, MI

Job Summary

Plans, performs, and manages new lighting projects in accordance with the development schedule and budget established by the customer and the Company launch team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1.Plans, performs, and manages the design, development, and transfer to manufacturing of new programs which may include lamps that must meet the requirements of more than one market
2. Communicates with product launch team members serving as technical liaison on all assigned projects
3. Establishes and maintains DFMEA’s, DVP’s and design micro-schedules as required per company policies and procedures
4. Ensures that product launch team meets design and development timing schedule established by the customer and the Company launch team
5. Gathers all of the data required to create drawings that meet manufacturing requirements
6. 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
7. Reviews drawings prior to going into checking department to ensure that drawings are complete and design intent is clearly represented
8. Oversees change management for the project, both customer and internal (Company) driven via ECR’s, or other customer related change notices
9. Ensures that all changes to customer and Company 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 Company 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. Establishes effective communications with customers on all assigned projects
16. Performs value analysis/value engineering throughout product development to save unnecessary costs, and uses Company standard parts and localized parts when possible
17. Performs other duties as assigned


1. BA/BS in Engineering or a related discipline
2. 2 to 4 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. Written and verbal communications and presentation skills
g. Interpersonal skills — ability to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority and maintain professional demeanor in stressful, confrontational, and/or sensitive situations
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