Ford Motor Company R&A Electronic New Feature Innovation & Development Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

R&A Electronic New Feature Innovation & Development Engineer

Job Description & Qualifications:

Position Duties : Lead or support the invention and creation of new enabling Technologies, Electrical/Electronic Features, or Electrical Systems for use in Ford Motor global vehicle applications for MY20 and beyond. The selected candidate will work closely with existing staff to progress and mature new projects through the Ford Motor Global Technology Development System (GTDS) and ensure deliverables to the downstream Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering (EESE) organization are compliant with expected requirements and deliverables.

Projects vary from year to year. However, present work relates to Phone based features that interface to the vehicle via BLE, Biometrics and/or Device based recognition of customers in support of Autonomous Vehicle applications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and scout new enabling technologies.

  • Invent, propose, and create new features or products.

  • Lead development of these concepts, or support other projects, to mature the concepts through the GTDS readiness assessment milestones and ensure deliverables are achieved by appropriate milestones.

  • Create or direct development of working prototypes to demonstrate the feature/concept or a significant aspect of the design. This is a strategic GTDS step but also key in securing approval from a vehicle line.

  • Key deliverables, the candidate will support or lead, include development of the Engineering specification (ES), Software Functional Specification (FS), Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA), Failure Mode Avoidance (FMA) review of known problems from similar surrogate features, Parameter mapping of design “noise” factors (P-diagram), and development of the Design Verification Plan (DVP).

  • Candidate will work closely with downstream EESE application engineers during the feature hand-off transition period.

  • Candidate may also direct or supervise the activities of Tier 1 suppliers supporting Ford projects.

  • Must effectively interface with various Ford organizations (EESE, Body Engineering, Ergonomics, HMI, Design Studio, Planning, Marketing, Purchasing, Automotive Safety, and the Quality Office) to support development of solid business case and monitor the business case health throughout development.

  • Develop relationships with the supply base to learn about latest technologies Suppliers may offer.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related disciplines

  • 3+ years’ experience in vehicle electrical systems (automotive or military).

  • 2+ years’ experience in key reliability & robustness disciplines (P-diagram, FMA, FMEA, and DVP).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related disciplines

  • Vehicle Electronic Hardware design experience for the purpose of developing demonstration prototypes

  • Demonstrated ability to write a functional specification

  • Embedded Software coding experience for the purpose of developing demonstration prototypes

  • Familiarity with Cellular modems, phone apps, and associated technologies (WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC)

  • Familiarity with different display technologies (TFT, LCD, e-Ink)

  • Experience with use and programming of Biometric reader technology (primarily thumb/finger print readers)

  • Ford GTDS Deliverables experience a plus

  • Ford EESE D&R experience a plus

  • Ford Launch experiences a plus.

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

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