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Ford Motor Company Tooling Engineer in Woodhaven, Michigan


Job Title:

Tooling Engineer

Job Description & Qualifications:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

As part of our Manufacturing team, you’ll help build the world-class, state-of-the-art smart vehicles the world expects from us. Within our plants around the world, we’re constantly developing new technologies and processes to further increase our efficiency. That means we’re continually seeking diligent, determined performers who think outside the box to help us find better and more efficient ways to manufacture our vehicles.

What you’ll be able to do: Lead the development of Forging processes and progressive die strip layouts for new model parts optimized for cost and quality on a timely basis supported with other company activities to achieve company objectives.

You will:

  • Provide knowledgeable liaison of progressive die part feasibility, strip layout development, die design, construction, tryout and buyoff for new model progressive stampings.

  • Lead the creation of draw die CAD Developments and Construction Release Files for new model forgings.

  • Lead the development of Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA's) for new model Forgings.

  • Update and maintain existing die process information for the inclusion of improvements, service requirements and carryover modified part releases required for new model usage.

  • Participate in and initiate cost requests for new model costing, evaluation of engineering proposals.

  • Primary engineering support to N/C, machining, construction, tryout and buyoff of dies.

  • Support forging feasibility and Forge Die Process engineering with die design investigations and deliver design solutions and product/process requirements to proposed Die Design Architecture.

  • Develop detailed 3D Solid CAD models to define all Forging engineering intent (Press information, automation, part load/unload, gripper locations, pad travel, CAM travel, typical design sections etc.)

  • Design draw, trim/pierce & flange (including CAMs) for current model programs.

  • Check vendor designs for compliance with Ford requirements and construction/production deliverables using Virtual Verification tools.

  • Develop Generic Die Architecture models based on PDPD process and target facility.

  • Review customer feedback and develop permanent corrective actions to improve die design quality.

  • Work with Customers to improve process and die design deliverables in support of company quality/cost/timing objectives.

The minimum requirements we seek:

  • High School diploma/GED and valid Tool & Die Journeymen's Card

  • OR

  • Bachelor’s degree no experience

Our preferred requirements:

  • Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering degrees preferred

  • 5 years or more of Forging experience

  • Understanding of sheet metal FLD Reports and general sheet metal forming methods preferred.

  • Minimum 8 years Die Design experience for large automotive sheet metal panels.

  • Minimum 5 years 3D solid die design experience in one of the following CAD systems: I-DEAS, Unigraphics, Catia.

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with Ford Motor Company Die Design & Construction standards (WDX).

  • Experience in the use of Virtual verification tools such as Vis-Mock-Up, Smirt to check for die interference, automation clearance, Machining clearance, etc.

  • Associates Degree or equivalent experience in Drafting/Design or Tool & Die Apprentice.

  • Familiar with Patterns, NC Machining and Die Construction Practices.

  • Experience in reading Forge/ tamping die designs, both manual and CAD.

What you’ll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

We are 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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Auto req ID:



Ford Motor Company



Skill Team:

Manufacturing (MFG)