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Design Release Engineer - Thermal Interface Material


Job position will be responsible for material development and to design a dispense pattern that maximizes the adhesive wetout between the cell and cold plate for all part variations. The design will need to balance safety performance, cell forces during assembly and thermal performance of the battery. The role covers a wide set of integration areas due to several interfacing component affecting design/performance and will work closely with manufacturing engineering. The engineer should be capable of managing very broad or numerous projects with a high degree of difficulty and ambiguity.

  • This position is for a Thermal Interface Material DRE in Module Thermal Management PMT.

  • Own and drive the design to meet overall performance of the battery pack

  • Work with Designers to ensure interface and packaging compatibility both internally and externally

  • Work with other component owners to select appropriate designs.  Reuse parts where appropriate

  • Work with manufacturing to ensure build ability and to determine quality requirements

  • Work to support manufacturing in root cause

  • Support purchasing in sourcing of components

  • Oversee and support DFMEA and Design Reviews Based on Test Results (DRBTR)

  • Track validation status and review results

  • Resolve all development and validation issues

  • Manage change control

  • Work with the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) Lead Design Release Engineer to execute optimal RESS design

  • Provide and manage component timing plan

  • Execute and support Peer Reviews per program milestones

  • Work with component suppliers to meet design and timing objectives

Additional Description

Required Skills and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering

  • Understanding of engineering theory

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are complex

  • Time management skills to meet agreed upon customer deliverables, able to manage multiple projects

  • Proficient computer skills including analyzing data, creating presentations

  • Interpersonal styles and communication skills to work effectively with local and international team members

  • Technical writing ability to create written engineering evaluation reports

  • Ability to read, interpret and generate engineering drawings and specifications

  • Familiarity with CAD and CAE

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering

  • Understanding of energy storage systems principles

  • Understanding of GD&T principles

  • Experience with ‘build to print’ parts – or – experience writing specifications and managing suppliers with ‘build to spec’ parts (please clarify)

  • Experience with structural, thermal, electrical analysis tools

  • Experience managing OEMs or suppliers on critical timelines

  • High voltage or electrified vehicle safety training and hands on work experience

  • 5+ Years’ experience with a major automotive OEM

  • Design for Six Sigma Certification

  • Experience with Unigraphics NX

Key Behaviors:

  • Drive for Results

  • Dealing with ambiguity

  • Prioritization and decision-making skills

  • Action-oriented

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills

  • Customer-focused

  • Integrity and Trust

  • Problem Solving

  • Conflict management

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