Senior CAD Designer Exterior Trim

  • Coventry
  • On application
  • Permanent
Principal Engineer CAD, Exterior Trim

Working in both pre and post vehicle programme KO phases, the Upper Body (UP) teams are responsible for engineering design, development & integration of the following vehicle zones on new vehicle programmes:

UP1 zone : Cockpit (IP, Console), Interior Trim, Seats & Restraints.

UP2 zone : BIW, Closures & Mechanisms, Exterior Trim, Lighting & Optical Quality (OQ)

The team may also be asked to lead and/or support innovation projects

The Principal CAD Engineer, Exterior Trim is responsible for technical delivery to cost, quality & time for tasks and activities assigned to them by their module team line manager

Note that any engineer may be asked to work in a non-core module area as project needs dictate. The successful candidate therefore should be able to demonstrate a flexible approach.

The PE Engineer for this role will ideally be able to demonstrate relevant engineering experience, gained from working on module area systems design & development, from concept to production. Candidate requirements include:

  • Degree qualified or similar qualification as a minimum.
  • CAD operation skills required – Expectation for engineer to be able to create and manipulate geometry for primary communication of concepts / schemes. (Expectation 90% time utilisation for geometry generation).
  • Catia v5 / v6 operative skills, to be able to demonstrate high technical competence – Generation of 3D geometry & sectional data. (Key module utilisation: Part design & Geometric Surface design)
  • Experience of using TCUA (Team Centre) & PLM preferable
  • Engineering experience in delivery of the designated module systems in the automotive sector or similar industries
  • Evidence of engineering skills, including ability to manage & resolve engineering issues
  • Understands roles & needs of different client groups. Evidence of working effectively with cross-functional teams to achieve results
  • Compliance with company procedures & quality standards
  • Involvement in process improvements
  • Highly motivated with good logical reasoning. Strong numeracy & literacy with good organisational & communication skills
  • English language is essential, a second language would be advantageous
  • Capable of overcoming cultural & inter-functional barriers
  • A desire to strive for improvements to achieve high customer satisfaction

Main Activities & Tasks

  • Support the Lead Engineer, Exterior Trim & Lighting in all day-to-day activities
  • Support other activities as required
  • Engineering BoM development. Cost / weight pack development. Weight BoM management
  • PMXU generation – Part identification in BoM for unique or carryover status
  • DFMEA & DVP creation & maintenance
  • Design surface (CAS) feasibility ‘FC’ checks. Provide feasibility advice & guidance
  • Engineering hard-point generation
  • Participate in cross functional integration reviews for components & systems, considering technical application, form, function & harmonisation of the execution
  • Develop timing plans
  • Develop scope-of-work documents with key deliverables identified
  • Drive closure of issues & establish the cost, weight & timing impacts
  • Support the module deliverables through to the programme required gateway
  • Development of engineering systems & quality systems
  • Benchmarking of competitor vehicles & reporting of findings
  • Support the generation / development of design rules & guidelines
  • Deliver APC engineering project work for both parent company & 3rd party customers
  • Interface with cross functional teams (Package, Analysis, Manufacturing, DVA etc) & implement recommendations where appropriate to create a right first time release
  • Leading the development of the 3D and 2D models for exterior trim engineering.
  • Storing and releasing data into TCUA and PLM.
  • Support and development for automation in the generation of CAD of Multi Model Link
  • Networks (also known as: Driver Model Networks or AVA Networks – Associative Vehicle
  • Architecture/ Advanced Vehicle Architecture) – set-up demonstrations and roll out with the engineering team.
  • Support and development for the generation & standardisation of models in the Catia.
  • Set-up demonstrations and roll out with the engineering team

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