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Ball Joint Production Engineer (Automotive Structures & Suspension) - 1 year Contract

Location: Multimatic Engineering, Novi, Michigan, United States

Posted: September 20th, 2021

Multimatic Technical Centre (MTC) is part of Multimatic’s Engineering Group. MTC provides advanced design, simulation, testing and prototyping services to Multimatic’s production divisions and to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), niche vehicle manufacturers, motorsports organizations, military equipment contractors and consumer products companies.  MTC's main facility is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada; we also have a small Engineering presence in our Novi, Michigan facility.

The Structures and Suspension Design Department at MTC develops high volume automotive component designs that are then manufactured by Multimatic’s various manufacturing facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia. Typical structures products that are developed by the department include bumpers, rockers, and instrument panel substrates. Typical suspension products include control arms, stabilizer links, ball joints, and dampers. The department is also responsible for Multimatic’s R&D initiatives targeting innovation of automotive structures and suspension technology.

The continued growth of the Structures and Suspension Group has resulted in the need for additional Design Engineers with specific ball joint design experience.  While ideally this position will be based out of our Markham office, we welcome applications for an experienced ball joint design engineer who can be based out of our Novi office to help train and support our Markham design team.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop innovative ball joint designs for high-volume automotive applications that are high performance, robust, and cost effective. This will involve:

  • acting as internal expert in the field of ball joint design
  • implementing standards and best practices for ball joint design
  • detailed 3D CAD modelling and packaging within the vehicle environment (in either NX or CATIA)
  • generating DFMEA’s and Component Technical Specifications
  • defining and coordinating CAE activities with MTC’s Predictive Methods Department
  • working in conjunction with the manufacturing division through iterative design development to meet all performance requirements, incorporating design for manufacturing and assembly feedback
  • creating GD&T drawing of components and assemblies (in CATIA and NX)
  • initiating design verification testing and creating and maintaining DVP&R’s
  • problem solving and root cause investigation

Throughout the development process the Ball Joint Technical Specialist will have to work closely with other departments at MTC (Analysis, Prototype, Testing, etc.), Multimatic’s manufacturing division(s), suppliers, and the OEM.

 

Education and Experience:

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of automotive suspension ball joints and a college or university degree in a relevant engineering discipline (mechanical, mechatronics, or automotive engineering). Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Experience with the design and manufacture of automotive suspension ball joints

  • 3D modelling in CAD software (CATIA and NX are preferred)
  • Knowledge of GD&T
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong  written and verbal communication skills; ability to interact with all levels of employees/stakeholders: customers, suppliers, engineers, etc...
  • Organizational skills and ability to independently manage workload
  • Ability to thrive in a face-paced, team environment, able to adapt to find solutions and meet deadlines as design challenges arise
  • Knowledge of high volume manufacturing methods; welding, stamping, forging, casting, injection molding, cold-forming, machining, etc.
  • High-level interest in automotive engineering 

Experience in one or more of the following areas will be considered an asset:

  • Engineering plastics and elastomers
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Elastomeric sealing systems
  • Tribology
  • Failure mode analysis and fractography
  • Research and Development and Innovation in the area of Automotive Design

If you are interested in this position, apply by sending us your cover letter and resume.
We thank all interested candidates in advance; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
As part of our commitment to ensuring our employment practices are fair, accessible, and inclusive of persons with disabilities, recruitment-related accommodations for disabilities, are available upon request throughout the recruitment and assessment process for applicants with disabilities.
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