Sr. Systems Engineer - Canton, MI

Yazaki North America - Canton, MI4.0

30+ days agoFull-time

Yazaki Corporation is a global leader in the research, development, and delivery of vehicle power, data, and display for automotive applications. Yazaki produces wire harnesses, power distribution and control products, connectors, driver information displays, hybrid and electric vehicle products, and sensors. Worldwide, the company employs nearly 290,000 people in more than 45 countries. Yazaki has been committed to the preservation of the environment for 75 years. The company continues this commitment today through the development of advanced electric components for hybrid electric vehicles, the promotion of recycling, and the efficient use of resources. For more information about Yazaki, visit


Create and document RFQ designs. Analyze marketing documentation and develop complexity. Design power distribution, grounding, wire and protection device sizing and inlines. Develop and maintain schematics.


Request for Quote (RFQ)

  • Receive customer RFQ information (3D, 2D, schematic, circuit lists, etc.) and review for technical feasibility.
  • Support RFQ Technical Review with customer
  • Investigate new technology and integrate into the design where applicable
  • Create and document RFQ design (i.e. 2D drawing, schematics, 3D design, discrepancies, assumptions as applicable)

Complexity Analysis

  • Analyze and breakdown the customer marketing documentation (i.e. PDL, STV, PPC)
  • Generate proposals for optimizing harness complexity including giveaway analyses and OEM marketing change recommendations in order to reduce the total part count
  • Develop and maintain the build level complexity charts

Power Distribution, Signal and Grounding

  • Design power distribution, grounding, wire and protection device sizing and inlines to ensure customer standards specifications, and guidelines are met
  • Create, develop, and maintain logical and physical schematics with the use of customer data per statement of work
  • Develop and maintain vehicle level topology
  • Perform, review, analyze, and sign-off circuit simulation / calculations to verify design per statement of work
  • Perform architecture optimization studies

Customer and Internal Design Requirements

  • Evaluate design information provided by the customer for completeness and accuracy and track internally (i.e. schematics, subsystem requirements, circuit lists, marketing doc's, etc.)
  • Support selection of appropriate components (i.e. relays, connectors, accessories, etc.) to meet vehicle specifications
  • Interface with DVP team to validate customer requirements (i.e. customer requirement validation, load survey, short circuit, etc.)
  • Collaborate with Design Release Engineers and Application Engineers to define vehicle requirements and review 2D prints

Engineering Customer Interface

  • Review customer documents such as owners guide, dealership repair manuals, troubleshooting manuals and assembly plant repair manuals per customer request
  • Support vehicle builds and launches at customer pilot and assembly plants

Continuous Improvement of the Design

  • Generate cost savings ideas and attend VAVE (Value Analysis Value Engineering) workshops
  • Trace technical issues and problems to root cause
  • Support customer initiatives such as cost and warranty reduction activities, etc.

Additional Responsibilities for Sr. Engineer and Principal Engineer

  • Train and mentor less experienced Engineers as required
  • Act as substitute for Supervisor as required
  • Create and revise work instructions, processes and procedures
  • Create, and modify specifications and design guidelines


Degree Requirements: BSEE, BSME or equivalent experience

Certification Requirements: N/A

Previous Experience: 5+ years automotive engineering experience

Travel Requirements: As required

On Call Requirements: As required

Physical Requirements: Ability to troubleshoot and rework wire harnesses, in warehouses or assembled on vehicles, during wire harness or vehicle builds

Ability to lift wire harness assemblies up to 40 pounds

Ability to climb inside of vehicles to troubleshoot and rework

Job Type: Full-time


  • power distribution, grounding, and schematics in automotive: 5 years (Required)
  • systems engineering (after graduation): 5 years (Required)
  • automotive: 5 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)