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Nexteer Automotive Product Engineer - Mechanical - Columns (2019) in Saginaw, Michigan

The Steering Column and Intermediate Shaft Engineering group at Nexteer Automotive is looking for a Product Engineer to work in a dynamic team environment, developing and implementing designs for customer vehicle programs. Candidates have the opportunity to work with a high caliber technical staff and world class test and validation facilities to ensure successful program execution.

An ideal candidate will be both analytical and hands-on and possess a high level of interpersonal skills to enable effective collaboration with customers, suppliers, and other Nexteer staffs.


  • Lead the design, development, and testing of steering columns and intermediate shafts for customer vehicle programs.

  • Conduct product design projects per the Nexteer’s engineering process.

  • Collaborate with designers to create robust designs and effective drawings.

  • Coordinate/perform design analysis including system dimensional stacks and FEA.

  • Create/update DFMEA’s for components and assemblies.

  • Engineering Release products, components, and design changes.

  • Maintain positive, effective working relationships with our customers.

  • Collaborate with Manufacturing Engineering, Global Supply Management, Operations, and PCL to implement designs that are robust and enable world class quality and cost performance.

  • Work with GSM and Quality to resolve supplier issues.

  • Collaborate with other functional staffs on cost reduction projects.

  • Support manufacturing plants in problem solving.

Job Requirements:

  • No minimum experience required but 2+ years of experience in product design preferred.

  • Thorough understanding of engineering theory and principles of design.

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with customers, suppliers, and other functional staffs.

  • High level of analytical ability and perseverance to solve unusual and difficult problems.

  • Knowledge of the principles of project management.

  • Understanding of GD&T

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong computer application experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to sit or remain on his or her feet for extended periods of time.

  • Knowledge of steering column product design and/or manufacturing processes preferred.

  • Strong problem solving capability with Design for Six Sigma, Shainin Red X, or Six Sigma Greenbelt certification preferred.

Bachelor – Mechanical Engineering preferred, Other Engineering degrees considered

Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/Minorities/Veterans/Women

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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