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Seat 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. In the USA, this is an employee who lives 100 miles or less from their designated, primary worksite.

This position requires an employee to be onsite 1-3 times per week.


  • Develop Finite Element Analysis (FEA) plans for assigned project

  • Participate in the creation of assigned subsystem Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models

  • Motivate CAE suppliers and internal resources to meet program milestones and deliverables

  • Complete FEA analysis including the production of VDDV models from NX math and execution of documented VDDV models per assigned projects

  • Perform FEA analysis such as Seat/Seat Belt Anchorage Strength, Child Restraint Anchorage Strength, Front/Rear Impact, Head Impact, whiplash etc. and lead seat designs to meet performance requirements

  • Compare FEA results to performance requirements and recommend viable design solutions

  • Correlate analysis results to physical test and update FEA models and/or FEA procedures and document results in FEA reports

  • Generates technical solutions for current, new and major programs

  • Performs sophisticated design analysis

  • Develops engineering designs (including subsystems)

  • Perform and be responsible for resources for virtual assessment of designs and compare results to performance requirements. Initiate design solutions to resolve any performance issues with mass & cost efficiency

  • Implements engineering changes and specifies and balances system requirements

  • Plans and implements test and/or development programs and Stays abreast of new technology

  • Communicates, coordinates, and consults with engineering departments and customers

  • Travels as required

Additional Description

Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Linear Analysis (Nastran, Optistruct or equivalent) and Non-Linear Analysis, (LS Dyna, Abaqus)

  • Experience with Hypermesh, Primer and Metapost

  • Knowledge and experience in Seat FEA

  • Knowledge of Automotive Physical Test methods

  • Thorough understanding of Material Properties as inputs into CAE analysis tools

  • Knowledge of GM design math systems, NX

  • High level of oral and written communication skills

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Familiarity with production processes such as foundry, forging, pressed metal and machine tool activities

  • Specific knowledge of engineering mechanics, physics, metallurgy and manufacturing methods engineering


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Structural Engineering required

Master's Degree or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or Structural 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.

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

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.