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Launch Welding & Joining Engineer


Body Welding& Joining Launch Engineer:

  • Work with Manufacturing Architects, M.E. and P.I. to identify all welding special conditions
  • Interface with Strategic Supplier to verify compliance to standards.
  • Develop resources strategy for assigned launch.
  • Obtain project approvals and funding, utilizing GM systems and processes.
  • Define/Execute program work testing in GM Labs and/or supplier facilities. 
  • Communicate Lessons learned during and on completion of launch.
  • Support implementation of new technologies on programs through engineering phase, prototype builds and launch.

Key Job Elements

  • Work closely with ME Body Center and functional areas to define welding system requirements
  • Assist in the integration, start-up and debug of plant floor welding equipment
  • Coordinate business process and re-engineering projects
  • Provide support during implementation phase at the plant
  • Report as needed on status of systems at operating unit(s)
  • Work closely with operating unit(s) on welding system to improve productivity, cost and quality
  • Work with other engineers, skilled trades and managers to accomplish cross-functional projects, provide project cost and timing estimates, and support plant product program launches
  • Good understanding of gas metal arc welding and resistance welding requirements
  • Implement common welding systems
  • Develop common welding specifications and standards
  • Ability to read and understand CAD drawings of mechanical systems, wiring/hosing diagrams, and product designs
  • Provide technical direction to suppliers and GM plant teams.


  • Strong interpersonal skills involving ability to work effectively cross-functionally and cross-culturally
  • Project Management Skills
  • Thorough understanding of body shop equipment & processes
  • High level of analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills to support technology documentation and training requirements
  • Ability to create & execute a well-organized validation project where standardized work is not available
  • Ability to multitask by handling diverse assignments concurrently
  • Knowledgeable with all standard computer programs (Microsoft Office, WebEx, Teamcenter, etc.) - Intermediate level
  • Knowledge of weld verification procedures, weld documentation and build shop support
  • Knowledge of robotic gas metal arc welding and resistance welding systems
  • Body shop launch and plant experience
  • Knowledge of Tooling and Equipment Troubleshooting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems used in joining processes (weld controller, weld gun, servo, robot, riveting, projection welding, dispense, tip dressing, auto cap changer, laser)
  • High level of practical problem solving – Red X


  • Knowledge in drawn arc welding systems
  • Knowledge in projection welded fastener systems
  • Knowledge of Mechanical Joining Process – Flow Drill Screws, Self-Pierce Rivets, Clinching, Etc.
  • Knowledge of CAD Programs (AutoCAD, Siemens NX, etc.)
  • Knowledge of weld data systems (WIDS, WGVDT, Gateway, TPW)
  • Knowledge of GM Welding & Joining Standards
  • Travel required especially during execution phase of programs
  • Pay for overtime policy varies with the business cycle, Launch requirements & Department policies

Education and Training:

  • 4-year college degree in engineering or other manufacturing or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in manufacturing engineering/welding engineering, 5-10 years preferred

Additional Description

About GM

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Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

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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