Senior Mechanical Engineer – Chassis, Steering and Suspension

  • Location
    Warren, Michigan
  • Job Type:
    Direct Hire
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  • Salary:
    $ 95000 - $ 125000

Senior Mechanical Engineer – Chassis, Steering and Suspension



Senior Mechanical Engineer - Suspension, Steering, Axles, Pneumatic Systems.  Responsible for engineering design, problem resolution and other engineering duties in support of New Product Development Engineering. You will be a key contributor in future product development for all new models including conventional and zero-emission vehicles. You’ll directly influence subsystems optimizing piece parts and subsystems.  This is a fast-paced and flat organization.  You’ll be responsible for multiple independent and complex tasks with competing and sometimes changing priorities.

You’ll collaborate with internal and external partners to interpret customer requirements, supply chain capabilities, manufacturing capabilities and business needs. You will contribute to complex designs at the subsystem and vehicle level, devising optimal product solutions in concert with electrical and product validation peers.

Working in a team setting to create manufacturing and procurement-ready drawings, bills of material and installation guidelines. 

Required Technical Knowledge / Capabilities:

  • Sheet metal design for vehicle chassis
  • Design of heavy-duty steering systems
  • Integration of front (steer) and rear (drive) axles
  • Suspension design and vehicle handling dynamics
  • Understanding of Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Duty Cycle
  • Ability to read and produce mechanical drawings
  • Structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for components and weldments
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Automotive mechanical systems and functions and ability to read and product mechanical drawings
  • Understanding of typical manufacturing tolerances associated with sheet metal and machined parts
  • Familiarity with automotive industry standards such as SAE, NFPA, FMVSS, etc.
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum 5 years of engineering experience
  • Typical Activities:

  • Communicate subsystem level design/idea to internal/external customers
  • Evaluates customer product requirements and develops product designs to meet customer needs
  • Interpret customer requirements, and map requirements onto existing designs when possible, and/or develop new designs when needed
  • Optimize designs via analytical, numerical and/or empirical assessments. Make mechanical and thermal models/analysis to ensure product requirements are met
  • Produce and/or evaluate possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, delivery and performance on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers and/or customer/supplier personnel
  • Direct CAD designer to complete 3D models and drawings as necessary
  • Release drawings accordingly to support production cost estimation and prototype quotes
  • Review CAD models and drawings at the component and sub system level to ensure their integrity
  • Use CAD modeling software to create components, assemblies, and engineering drawings for manufacturing
  • Mechanical design including design for manufacture and assembly
  • Documentation of final design upon the successful development of component and simple subsystem, which includes
  • releasing the final technical specification, related design calculation, and the design manual or guideline

  • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOM) along with all project documentation
  • Design and document solutions, within the scope of concepts, for components and modules, taking project guidelines (e.g. safety, quality, costs, weights and dates) into consideration
  • Advise stakeholders on the technical issues that affect the product design, production cycle-time & cost
  • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled for problems or projects
  • Support production ramp & ongoing/continuous product/process improvement
  • Perform and coordinate laboratory testing of prototypes for sub system characterization
  • Work with the test engineer(s) to create DVP&R, execute the defined test plan and review the test results/reports
  • Conduct field testing and provide preliminary evaluations
  • Develop and maintain the technical specification for desired performance at the sub system level
  • Ability to prioritize assigned tasks to maintain schedule
  • Works independently on assigned subsystem tasks with some guidance required from senior engineers on sub system level tasks
  • Works productively with other engineers, designers, technicians, sales representatives, installers, and project managers so the project is delivered on schedule and on budget
  • Provide technical design support to sales, product engineering, manufacturing, and quality organizations
  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers at component and subsystem level
  • Organize design review with the manufacturing engineer team as well as project review with the management team to make sure product development completion on time
  • Support purchasing, field service and other internal customers as required
  • Lead or support prototype order and procurement
  • Operate in a team environment and provide input to design solution during the design development phase
  • Apply knowledge of company products, policies and practices to provide economies through standardization of parts and products.
  • Apply lean principles in designs and processes
  • Area of expertise at the subsystem level
  • Continually develops individual analytical skills and is also knowledgeable about the best tools and methods to analyze a given design problem and develop a good understanding of design risk factors. (Pre req for DFMEA line above)
  • Model and drawing documentation is accurate and complete
  • Exhibits insight and mechanical design sense to develop and meet design requirements with product designs that are manufacturable, cost-efficient, reliable, and better than the competition.
  • Hands on troubleshooting of vehicle systems
  • Lead Root Cause Analysis
  • Makes sound decisions after careful deliberation of the alternatives and will revisit prior decisions as justified by new information
  • Released designs are cost effective, manufacturable, serviceable, meet all performance objectives, and meet customer requirements
  • Supports design decisions with detailed analyses
    Validate designs virtually with FEA and CFD along with real world validation using test rigs, dynamometer, etc.

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