CAE Engineer - Lead

North American Lighting - Farmington Hills, MI3.6

30+ days agoFull-time
Leads, directs, and supports several engineers and technicians in the testing and analysis of the design and materials related to new automotive lighting product development and manufacturing.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Estimates resources and establishes schedules for testing and analysis required for lighting projects
2. Provides guidance and technical advice to project engineers and designers regarding thermal, venting, and structural design and analysis needs for new lighting projects
3. Performs finite element analysis (FEA) for thermal, venting, or structural design of automotive lighting, and prepares reports that outline the analysis and conclusions
4. Provides theoretical calculations for physical experiments, and substantiates them test data
5. Compares test data to theoretical models, and presents the results of the physical aspects of automotive lamps that were tested
6. Pre-processes CAD files for FEA applications
7. Engages in CAE software technology development for automotive lighting
8. Develops and updates design standards related to the physical aspects of automotive lamps
9. Develops and/or leads in the development of thermal, venting, or structural design work instructions, as needed, to document thermal, venting, or structural design techniques
10. Recommends design changes based on results of prototype and production hardware tests.
11. Mentors and coaches junior level CAE engineers to raise skill level of engineering analysis team
12. Performs all other duties as assigned



1. Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering (Master's Degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering is preferred)
2. 6 to 8 years of physical science testing experience, to include experience with:
a. Thermal, vibration, EMI, humidity, and gas flow testing
b. Computer simulation and modeling

3. Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
a. Knowledge and understanding of:
i. Testing methods and government requirements for automotive lighting designs
ii. The physical principles of automotive lighting design
iii. The materials used in the design and manufacture of automotive lighting products
b. Ability to successfully complete a thermal, venting, or structural design through feasibility, design, testing, certification, launch, and production support
c. Ability to operate engineering lab test equipment, plus related hardware and software (IDEAS for FEA, TMG/ESC for thermal analysis, ABACUS, and Hypermesh)
d. Data acquisition, data analysis, and problem solving skills
e. Organizational, planning, and project management skills
f. Leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills
g. Computer skills ― ability to proficiently use standard business software (including MS Office),
h. Written and verbal communications and presentation skills
i. Interpersonal skills ― ability to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority and maintain composure in stressful, confrontational, and/or sensitive situations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.