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Chassis Structure Suspension Steering VDDV (CAE) Engineer


Hybrid work position: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively.  The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired. 
This position requires an employee to be onsite every other week.

Lead chassis structure, suspension, and steering analysis activities in support of vehicle program and technology development work. Perform structural analysis of automotive suspension and chassis structure components/systems for advanced vehicle development (AVD) or post-AVD vehicle programs to assess the following characteristics: Strength, Stiffness (Static and Dynamic), Durability, Noise and Vibration Performance, and drive design solutions. Support component and sub-system test development and issue root cause and resolution. Perform fatigue analysis and block cycle test creation for chassis structure and suspension components.

  • Document and archive analysis results and models

  • Present results and generate impactful recommendations, based on analysis, as requested and in support of virtual review process

  • Actively participate in Chassis Structure, Suspension, & Steering Product Development Teams (PDT)

  • Participate in Vehicle Dynamics and Noise & Vibration Performance Integration Teams (PIT)

  • Interact with design engineers on a regular basis in developing new components and systems

  • Develop, supervise, and update CAE portion of Analysis, Development, and Validation plan

  • Lead all aspects of coordinated supplier CAE activities

  • Participate in Statement of Requirements (SOR) process

  • Lead development of new CAE techniques

  • Keep up to date with the latest CAE tools/trends

  • Participate in CAE focus groups as requested

  • Generate technical solutions for current, new, and major programs

  • Provide technical leadership for advanced technology development

  • Perform sophisticated design analysis

  • Develop engineering designs (including subsystems)

  • Specify and balance system requirements

  • Plan and implement test and/or development programs to support CAE, test, and design communities

  • Communicate, coordinate, and advise engineering departments and customers

  • Stay abreast of new technology and competitive products

  • Travels as required

Additional Description

Required Skills:

  • 3+ years of engineering experience

  • Familiarity with CAE and CAD

  • High level of oral and written communication skills

  • Understanding of engineering theory and principles of operation of mechanical/electrical mechanisms

  • Exhibit appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with business partners to meet mutual goals

  • Specific knowledge of engineering subject area (e.g. mechanics, physics, metallurgy, manufacturing methods, electronics, software, control systems) within job-related area

  • Proficiency with MS Office applications

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with a CAE modeling tools; HyperWorks &/or ANSA preferred

  • Familiarity with CAE analysis codes; NASTRAN, OptiStruct, Abaqus, Adams preferred

  • Experience with component and sub-system test development and execution including real-time and block cycle testing

  • Familiarity with Weibull analysis and other statistical evaluation methods

  • Experienced with structural fatigue theory, tools, and methods; DesignLife/nCode preferred

  • Familiarity with structural optimization tools and methods; OptiStruct & iSight preferred

  • Familiarity with UG-NX CAD & CAE tools as well as MATLAB also preferred but not required

  • Familiarity with Windows and/or UNIX Based systems

  • Proficiency in any of the following languages a plus: Spanish, German, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Hindi/Kannada


BSE, BS in Mechanical, Civil or Aerospace Engineering required

MS in Mechanical, Civil or Aerospace Engineering preferred

FOR GM INTERNAL CANDIDATES: This role is posted at both the 6th and 7th level. The determination by HR and the Hiring Manager as to whether an offer will be lateral or promotional will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience and whether the role will amount to a significant increase in level of responsibility.

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Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

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