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Sr. Product Engineer

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Posted: 12/05/2023 Specialization: Engineering Job Number: 3300 Salary / Pay Rate: $120,000.00

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Senior Product Engineer will be responsible for leading the design, development, release, and validation of lithium-ion battery modules and packs for customized industrial and military applications. The Senior Product Engineer will work closely with the product development engineering team, key suppliers, test engineers, prototype technicians, customers, program managers, and operations leaders to deliver new product that meets or exceeds technical and business objectives. This position requires the ability to read instructions represented in manuals and follow these instructions. This position exists in a temperature-controlled environment.

Essential/Key Functions:
  • Direct requirements reviews, test readiness reviews, and design reviews to ensure that the product being developed meets all stakeholder requirements.
  • Drives compliance to customer requirements and maintains compliance matrix records against baseline throughout the product development cycle.
  • Maintains changes to requirements, performs impact analysis, and assists PM in tracking scope creep
  • Strongly supports other key functional engineering groups with their tasks (ME, EE, SW, BMS) to complete the total product design, validation, and release.
  • Direct the creation of models, prints, electrical schematics, PCBA layouts, and BOM for design in a revision-controlled state throughout the development and production launch process.
  • Ensure that a common methodology is used to define critical characteristics and inspection criteria for incoming components, assemblies, and final assemblies
  • Create and release assembly and functional test specifications related to the battery system and its subsystems
  • Support supplier evaluation and selection.
  • Create, support, and update DFMEAs and DVPRs as required.
  • Directly manage prototype creation, design validation, and production validation testing.
  • Work with Business Development to obtain product requirements and customer approvals.
  • Drive closed-loop handling of all issues to prevent the propagation of risk, prevent the recurrence of failures, and drive continuous improvement.
  • Provide cost and timing quotations for work proposals for cell, module, and pack development and validation.
  • Performs in a manner that will prevent errors and omissions.
  • Provides advisory support and assistance to the department manager as needed.
  • Responsible for meeting team targets and key performance indicators.
  • Follow all safety guidelines and operate in a safe manner.
  • Physical presence on the job is essential and necessary.

Management Responsibilities:
  • May have 1-2 direct reports as part of a product-line focused product development team.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Systems Engineering).
  • Minimum of 7 years of product development and design release to production experience within a phased-gate style project management system.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in battery system projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Battery system product development experience.
  • Ability to lead, direct, and motivate a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in leading the selection, validation, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and software elements into end-user products.
  • Broad engineering knowledge in Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, and Industrial engineering with a strong focus on at least one discipline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of battery management system operating principles and the electrical hardware and software systems that comprise a battery management system.
  • Practical experience of Solidworks CAD software for design management and review
  • Practical experience in the design and application of structural parts fabricated from a variety of means such as molding, casting, machining, and additive manufacturing.
  • DFMEA and DVP&R composition experience for electrical/mechanical systems
  • Root Causing and/or Design for Six Sigma project experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially MS Excel

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Systems Engineering.
  • Data Analysis skills such as Excel Macro language, Python, and MATLAB.
  • FEA, thermal, vibration, and shock analysis experience is a plus.
  • Ability to read electrical schematics and direct electrical system diagnostics.
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