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Design Release Engineer - Structures/Closures - Body Engineering


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 1-3 times per week.

The GM Body Team offers opportunities across a spectrum of engineering. These product engineering positions involve responsibility for all activities, including definition of requirements, execution of design, validation and testing. These roles require an experienced engineer to lead and drive a multi-functional product development team. In addition, they require collaboration with peers in the creative design, purchasing, manufacturing, and quality functions.

The ideal candidate is one who desires to build their technical depth as an engineer within the automotive Body enterprise. This candidate possesses outstanding communication, project management skills, and is a hardworking, person who enjoys seeking challenges and following through with robust solutions. The skills built with these roles will allow you to grow a strong interpersonal network. This is a foundational position which, done efficiently, will open up possibilities within the company.


We have Engineering positions available in the following areas:

  • Design Release Engineer – Front and Rear Closures

  • Design Release Engineer – Side Closures

  • Design Release Engineer – Body Structures

Design Release Engineer Front and Rear Closures - As a Front and Rear Closures Engineer, you will be responsible to develop and integrate front and rear closure mechanical and electrical components into the vehicle. Specific component integration you may be responsible for may include Hoods, Fenders, Liftgates, Decklids, Power Closures, Front and Rear Latching, Front Trunks


Design Release Engineer Side Closures - As a Side Closures Engineer, you will be responsible to develop and integrate door hardware system (including Electro-mechanical systems) content into the Side Closures system. We are seeking to fill various roles within the Side Closures team for specific component integration including Door Hardware, Outside Door Handles, Electric Motor Powered Components (Mechatronics), Glass Guidance Systems, Current Product Engineer (Quality & Warranty), Seals, Weatherstrips & Molding


Design Release Engineer Body Structures – As a Body Structures Engineer, you will be responsible for the testing - during the development of the following areas throughout a vehicle’s lifecycle. Commodities include Body Structures, Sealers, Baffles, Adhesives, Fuel Fill/Charge Port Door, Structural Roof Trim, Battery Enclosures, Movable Roofs

By applying to this position, you will be considered for all the roles listed above.  If selected for consideration, during your initial phone screen, we will ask your position preference and do our best to ensure that you are considered for your first choice. If selected for an interview, we will notify you of the specific role in advance.

Additional Description

Education Required:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering

Experienced Required:

  • 2 or more years of experience with developing and executing technical solutions for electrical / mechanical components to support new vehicle programs

  • Communicate information to and from internal and external customer organizations

Preferred Skills:

  • Master’s Degree or other Advanced Degree

  • Vehicle or new product launch processes

  • Stamping and metal forming design knowledge

  • Injection molded plastic design knowledge

  • Familiarity with Design For Six Sigma process

  • Experience with DFMEA (Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing)


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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

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