The Closures Mechanisms Product Development Engineer will have ownership to conceptualize and engineer various sub-systems and components (such as deck lid, mechanisms related to the opening and closing actions of the door and door glass to include latches, handles, release cables, window regulators, as well as any other mechanisms for exterior closures) within the Body Engineering organization. This role is integral in supporting the Closures department's objective to manage a successful launch of  closures mechanisms development from concept stage through production to ensure customer satisfaction for the global automotive market. 


  • Lead the development of unique, innovative and advanced engineering of Closures mechanisms (door, deck lid, latches, handles, release cables, window regulators, etc.,), their component concepts, and assembly designs - continuing these through product release and launch support;
  • Engineer electro-mechanical, mechanical, kinematic and closures components along with sheet metal surfacing and electronics integration;
  • Perform feasibility checks with respect to material, manufacturing, electrification, control & design aspects;
  • Work diligently with suppliers to develop each applicable component/sub-system to meet all weight, cost, durability, and performance targets;
  • Effectively collaborate with other engineering groups, suppliers and the leadership team to meet engineering deliverables within rigid time constraints;
  • Ensure complete compliance of the system and component designs with all vehicle/component requirements, quality objectives, program milestones, performance, cost, weight & safety;
  • Collaborate with manufacturing engineering and suppliers to transition concepts and designs to production.


  • Experience in automotive component and subsystem engineering, demonstrating technical aptitude from concept through release and launch for production;
  • Must understand the fundamental differences in design and engineering of modern low and high voltage electrical mechanisms and systems, their integration into closure systems, and have examples or a portfolio of relevant completed programs;
  • An in-depth technical expertise with the latest manufacturing technologies and feasibility execution to achieve systems requirements and world-class craftsmanship/performance targets;
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling utilizing CATIA V5/V6 within an automotive product development environment;
    Strong working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, including familiarity with modern GD&T and dimensional engineering practices;
  • Experience with technical documentation in at least 1 full life cycle vehicle programs to include DVP&R and DFMEA;
  • Utilize DFSS methodologies as appropriate during the design, validation and launch of the programs;
  • Proven ability to manage difficult projects with tight timing constraints and provide examples of such scenarios throughout one’s career;
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment;
  • Some travel domestically and/or internationally.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering;
  • 8 - 10 years of total work experience, with 2 - 4 years of focused experience in Closures design and development;
  • Understanding of electromechanical design fundamentals; prototype development and testing; systems engineering fundamentals; and system electrification and control logic are needed to be successful in this position;
  • Intermediate design, packaging, A-class surface and 3D modeling skills (CATIA V5/6 preferred);
  • Experience with DFMEA, DVP&R, BOM management and specifications development;
  • Motivator that is organized and a team player that can offer solid solutions to quickly resolve challenging design issues with a creative passion for innovation;
  • Multiple in-plant and global launch experience, preferably within and OEM and start -up environment. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering;
  • Thorough design, packaging, A-class surface and 3D modeling skills in CATIA V5/V6 (6,000+ hours);
  • Senior level knowledge of electromechanical design and controls technology, manufacturing, attachment schemes and assembly methodology;
  • Strong understanding of new and emerging technologies, products, and development methods to design a world-class consumer experience;
  • Experience interpreting FEA and mold flow simulations.

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